In Episode 18 ("Providence"), Hydra has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D., and the team is on the run.
When Coulson receives a cryptic message on his badge, giving nothing but GPS coordinates,
he assumes it must be a secret message from (the supposedly dead) Nick Fury.
With nowhere else to turn, Coulson uses up the last fuel in "The Bus" to fly to those coordinates -
which turns out to be in the middle of an isolated, snow-covered forest in the Canadian wilderness.
The rest of Coulson's team think he has lost his mind. (And he is showing a lot of stress...)
But just when it looks like there's nothing to be found there, an automatic machine gun suddenly
appears and begins firing. The agents take cover. But Coulson, with nothing left to lose, takes
a chance and steps out in front of the weapon, identifying himself as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
His gamble pays off. The gun stops shooting, an automated voice says that they have been
expecting him, and a hidden door slides open in a rock face, leading to a secret refuge.
No, this was not shot in Canada - despite the aerial views at the start of the scene.
They were right here in sunny Southern California.
This was shot at a place they have used more than once before on this show:
at Disney's Golden Oak Ranch, at 19802 Placerita Canyon Road, in Newhall, CA.
They filmed in February, but you won't find any snow falling at the Disney ranch.
They used artificial snow, big fans, and ice chippers to simulate the snow storm.
The Disney Company, which owns both ABC and Marvel, has operated this movie ranch
Newhall is in the hills north of the San Fernando Valley, about five miles southeast of
for ages. Back in the days of the original Mickey Mouse Club, in the late 1950's, they
shot "Spin & Marty" and "Zorro" here, and have since filmed everything from
"Old Yeller" to "Pirates of the Caribbean" at the ranch.
Six Flags Magic Mountain, and about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Here is a StreetView of the main gate to the Golden Oak ranch.