|Ski Season comes to the Inland Valley
By Nick Anis for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Bear Lodging and Restaurants
There are over 15,000 beds available in the Big Bear Valley
for overnight visitors and many excellent choices for an enjoyable stay. The Big Bear
Valley which is 75 miles and 1.5 hours from Ontario has over 70 dining establishments
offering everything from fast food franchises to a variety of low-to-medium priced casual
restaurants for a meal, to elegant dinner houses. Several local restaurants even offer
The Village neighborhood with is wide sidewalks and
attractive street lights offers dancing, live entertainment, karaoke, pool, coffee houses,
arcades, and lots of quaint shops. The Village theater has two screens and screens
first-run movies. A roller ring is close by and there are video rental stores throughout
Big Bear Chateau Holiday
The Big Bear Inn which opened ten years ago, is under new
management and after an intensive remodel has become The Big Bear Chateau Holiday Inn.
The 80 room hotel continues to be decorated with European style antiques both in the lobby
and rooms, but it has been toned down quite a bit. Each of the rooms have
fireplaces. The hotel has quite a few connecting rooms including, three suites, and a
The Big Bear Chateau Holiday Inn's target market is
vacationers as well as hosting corporate meetings. The hotel's new restaurant serves 150,
has a full menu, and special holiday meals. The Big Bear Chateau Holiday Inn has old world
charm and many amenities that are often difficult to find in resort areas. Rooms range
from $89 to $145. For reservations call 800-Bear Inn (800-232-7466).
Dave Witthuhn, General Manager
Resort & Conference Center
The Northwoods Inn, opened in 1996. It is another
great place to stay when visiting Big Bear. The hotel offers 153 spacious guest rooms some
with fireplaces. All the rooms are furnished with the Northwoods theme of
Guests can walk to the center of the village and checkout
the shops, video arcades, and restaurants. The Northwoods has a nice restaurant of its
own, Stillwells that can handle groups of up to 500.
The hotel is positively stunning, and very well managed and
maintained. The service is above average. All rooms are a short walk from your parking
place and have cable and Nintendo. The pool and spa are heated and open all year long.
Rooms range from $109 to $269. For reservations call 800-866-3121.
As the song says, "Let it snow, let it snow, let
it snow!" The San Gabriel Valley Mountain ski season opened early again
this year. Since the first snowfall of the season in late November, a series of
storms and cold spells permitting snowmaking has kept our local mountains covered with the
delightful white stuff.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, all six (Snow Summit,
Bear Mountain, Snow Valley, Mt. Baldy, The New Mountain High, and Ski Runrise) local area
ski resorts were open. There was also some early snowfall last year, but it was
followed by a relatively dry and warm winter. So far, this year is much colder and
wetter, and to the delight of Inland Valley skiers and snowboarders the San Gabriel Valley
mountains have been blanked with snow for weeks.
Joining Mother Nature generosity, the local ski resort
operators seem to be be offering more prices reductions and promotions than ever.
Lift tickets are available for skiing by the hour, half day, full day, 14 hour extended
day, and for night skiing. Some resorts are offering all day lift tickets for as low
as $32. Child all day lift tickets range from free to $25 with the average pricing
Big Bear Lake
Snow Summit is located in The City of Big Bear Lake in the
San Bernardino National Forest 45 miles from Ontario. It has the largest volume of skiers
of the three resorts located in the Big Bear Area. With all 12 lifts open Snow Summit has
an uphill capacity of 18,550 skiers per hour, but rarely has more than 6,500 people on the
hill. According to spokesperson, Genevieve Paquet Show Summit limits ticket sales based on
the available trails and snow conditions to prevent excessive lift lines.
Snow Summit has 500 hydrants that provide 100% snowmaking.
The resort offers the most intermediate terrain in Southern California, a family ski park
serviced by its own chairlift, 2 full-sized halfpipes for snowboarders, (Zzyzx at the
Freestyle Park, and the world-class bigger pipe on West Why, with its own handle tow), and
a 6,000-foot free style park for snowboarders and adventurous skiers with terrain features
varying in all sizes and shapes..
Snow Summit is the only Southern California resort with two
high-speed detachable quad chairlifts, All-Mountain Xpress, and East Mountain Express. The
resort offers amenities such as a 75 minutes satisfaction guarantee, free skiing on your
birthday, credit card lift ticket reservations, ½ day morning getaway vouchers, day
skiing until 6:00pm when night skiing is available, and computerized smart signs pointing
out the shortest lift lines.
The terrain mix is 10% first time beginner, 25% low
intermediate, 40% intermediate; 25% Base elevation is 7,000 feet. Top elevation is 8,200
feet. There are 31 trails covering 18 skible miles and 230 skiable acres. The longest run
is Westridge, 1 ¼ mile. Snow Summit is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Ontario.
Adult lift tickets are $32 for a full day except select
holiday periods, and $26 for ½ day. Child (ages 7-12) lift tickets are $10 for a full
day, and $7 for a ½ day. Children under 7 ski free.
- Snow Summit
- P.O. Box 77
- Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Jenevieve Paquet, x 250
- Phone: 909-866-5766
- Fax: 909-866-3201
- Ski Report: 909-866-4621
- Web Site: www.snowsummit.com
Mountain, Big Bear Lake
Also in located in the City of Big Bear Lake is Bear
Mountain, formerly Goldmine. Bear Mountain was rated first among Southern California ski
resorts in a 1996 Ski Magazine survey.
The resort has 100% snowmaking, a good mix of terrain,
(Beginner 25%, Intermediate 50%, and advanced 25%), and slopeside lodging for 700. Bear
Mountain has 12 lifts: 1 high speed quad, 1 quad, 3 triples, 4 doubles, and 3 surface. The
vertical drop is 1665 feet. Base elevation is 7,140 feet. Peak elevation is 8,805 feet.
Bear Mountain is best known for its high speed quad, the
Bear Mountain Express. The trails and lifts are well laid out and maintained. They have
computer and fiber optics controlled snow making equipment. This hydrant independent
system enables independent snow making at any areas on the mountain with the right
For Snowboarders Bear Mountain offers snowboard lessons, a
full sized halfpipe, and the Zone terrain Park, and the Outlaw terrain park. For children
Bear Mountain offers the Magic Carpet or Mighty Minner the first surface lift of
its kind in Southern California. For Alpine skiers Bear Mountain offers the GLM and ATS
ski school, and the Dynastar Performance Center. Bear Mountain continues to offer its
vertical plus program that is also good for their other two resorts,
and Seria-at-Tahoe. Vertical Plus is a member program that offers discount lift tickets,
credit for vertical feet for earning prizes, members only lift lines, message service on
the hill, and for signups a free adult lift ticket. Vertical Plus members can go straight
to the lifts when they arrive with the programs autocharge feature.
When you get off the lift on the top of the mountain which
is 8,805 feet in elevation you can see Mr. San Gorgonio elevation 12,500 feet off in the
distance to the south, and partially frozen Big Bear Lake to the Northwest.
Adult all day lift tickets are $42, and $28 for half day.
Young adults 13-33 all day $32 and $25 for half day. Children 7-12 are always $10.
Children under 6 ski free with a paid adult or for $10. During the month of January,
Bear Mountain is offering a special $29 adult lift ticket in the January Weekday White
Bear Mountain has slopside lodging, nearby snowmobiling,
and is a short distance from the new Northwoods Inn Resort, the popular New Big Bear
Holiday Inn (Formally the Big Bear Inn), and center of town.
- Bear Mountain
- P.O. Box 6812
- Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
- Phone: 909-585-2519.
- Lodging & Reservations: 800-BEAR-MTN; 800-232-7686.
- Snow Report Phone: 800-BEAR-MTN
- FAX: 909-585-6805
- Web Site: www.BearMTN.com.
Communications Director, Judy Bowers
Snow Valley is about the same elevation as the two resorts
in Big Bear Lake but is located 5 miles east of Running Springs on highway 18 about
17 miles closer to Ontario. Due to updrafts and its location on the west side of mountain
Snow Valley tends to get more of a snow dump. There is an small inner tube park and snow
play area for children. Nigh skiing is from 4:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday and Saturdays.
Snow Valley receives the most natural snowfall in Southern
California, an average of 135 inches of snowfall per year. The resort has good snow making
covering all 235 skiable acres including a black diamond country ski area known as
The resort invented $1.5 million dollars in snowmaking
equipment in a joint venture with York Systems on "Slide Peak" in 1994.
"Slide," a long time favorite run for advanced Southern California skiers is no
longer dependent on natural snowfall. More than 25,000 feet of pipe and 4 miles of pipes
and wires have been installed underground supporting the most advanced snowmaking system
in Southern California.
Of the 106 new snowmaking hydrants, 32 are computer
controlled and will automatically make minor adjustments for minute changes in weather
conditions automatically to ensure the best possible snow is being made.
It has 12 lifts (7 doubles, 5 triples and 1 handle tow),
and the all terrain park called Schighridj (pronounced Sky-ridge). Snow Valley, like Bear
Mountain also offers $9 all day lift tickets for children age 6-12. The base elevation is
6,800. The top elevation is 7,898 feet. There are 35 runs. The longest run is 1.25 miles.
The terrain mix is 35% beginner, 35% intermediate, and 30% advanced.
There is quite a bit more to the resort than meets the eye.
Only 40% of Snow Valleys slopes are visible from Highway 18. Snow Valley has some
great restaurants and entertainment. It also offers The Lot, skate park, more natural
snow, no high speed lifts to overload the trails, and various discounts and guarantees.
Adult lift tickets are $34 all day, $9 for children 6-12, and children under 6 and over 70
Further up the road toward Big Bear is the Alpine Slide
recreation area offering sledding in winter, and watersliding in summer.
- Snow Valley
- Running Springs, CA 92382
- Phone: 909-867-2751
- Snow Report: 800-680-SNOW
- FAX: 909-867-7687
- Web Site: www.Snow-Valley.com.
Mr. Jay Reed, x 132, email@example.com
The Mt. Baldy areas' San Antonio Falls, lush forest, and
snow-capped mountains are a surprise to many because of the short distance from urban
areas. To get to Mt. Baldy from the Inland Valley, travel north from the 10 Freeway
for about 16 miles on Mountain or Euclid Avenues which turns into Baldy Road.
Mt. San Antonio, elevation 10,064 feet is the highest peak
of the San Gabriel Mountains. It was originally named after the 13 century
Franciscan priest, St. Anthony of Padua. In the mid 1850's, the gold miners working
in the area began calling the peak "Old Baldy." By the late 1800's, Pomona
newspapers called it either "Old Baldy" or "Mt. Baldy."
Theologians and others took offense to this moniker. Protests to the U.S. Board on
Geographic Names in Washington resulted in the official naming of the mountain "Mt.
San Antonio." Nicknames are hard to shake though. Today, in spire of
being called Mt. San Antonio on USGS topographical maps, most people still refer to the
peak and the area as "Mt. Baldy."
In the early days, Mt. Baldy was a popular hangout for
movie stars and celebrities including Edmund Burns, a star of the silent screen. In
the 1940's, a ski area was developed near Manker Flats, which was named Movie Slope after
a motion picture that was shot there. In 1952, a larger commercial ski area was
These days, the Mt. Baldy Ski Area has fewer lifts than
other Southern California Resorts, but is the least crowded and has the largest
skiable area. It is the only Southern California resort that credits you for unused
time on your lift ticket, by deducting $7 per hour for the time you skied. The Mt.
Baldy Ski Area is a perfect place to escape to for Inland Valley "flatlanders"
during the week for a few hours or a whole day of economical uncrowded skiing.
The Mt. Baldy Ski Area is best suited for a day visit.
There is no night skiing, and there isn't much on-site lodging. Because the
motels at Mt. Baldy frequently sell out, most lodgers stay down the hill at convenient
places like The Claremont Inn (formally Griswald's), which is only 16 miles away on
Foothill Boulevard between Indian Hill Boulevard and Mountain Avenue.
The snowfall at Mt. Baldy, Wrightwood, and Big Bear areas
vary greatly, but tends to average out. Unlike the Big Bear Area resorts, Mt. Baldy
doesn't have a lake as a source for snowmaking. When cold weather sets in, the water
flow to the Mt. Baldy Ski Area's snowmaking reservoir slows down to a trickle, typically
leaving it empty after the winter break. Then, the resort relies on natural
The ski experience at the Mt. Baldy Ski Area can be quite
good if Mother Nature cooperates. The combination of the parking lot's capacity of
only 2,000 cars, four lifts, about 400 acres of wide open skiable area (twice the area of
other Southern California Resorts), and the right weather can deliver a nearby, uncrowded,
and enjoyable skiing experience. The Mt. Baldy Ski Area has some beginner runs, but
the terrain and conditions tend to be more appealing to intermediate and advanced skiers.
On weekends, especially after a snowfall, Mt. Baldy skiers
should get up the hill before 8:00am to avoid flatlander sight-seeing traffic.
Everyone has to ride Chair 1 at the Mt. Baldy Ski Area's
parking lot and base area, elevation 6,500 feet to access the other lifts or to get to the
Notch Restaurant at Baldy Notch, elevation 7,800 feet. This left serves as a
transportation source for skiers, staff, sightseers, and restaurant patrons. The
cost for riding Chair 1 for sightseers and diners is $10 round trip, or $6 one-way (and
you hike back down); children ages 7-12 are 1/2 price, and ages six and under are free.
Skis and other luggage can be put in the chair behind you. There is no charge
if you have a lift ticket.
Once at Baldy Notch, if there is enough snow coverage, you
can ski back down to Chair 1, or use the resort's other three lifts. To the left is
Chair 4, which takes you up towards Devil's Backbone. You can ski down a beginner
run which is serviced by Chair 2. Next to Char 2 at the base of the beginner run is
Chair 3, which takes you all the way up Thunder Mountain to challenging 1,000 vertical
foot expert, advanced, and intermediate runs.
On a clear day, you can see to the south all the way to
Catalina Island, 25 miles of the California Coast. Looking to the north, you can
almost always see the high desert.
The Mt. Badly Ski Area occasionally has a ski demo day, and
has several ongoing promotions with Southern California businesses offering an
unprecedented 50% discount for both adults and children. These discounts, and the
resort's unique lift ticket prorating policy, makes the Mt. Baldy Ski Area quite a skiing
Mt. Baldy Ski Area
Mt. Baldy is the closest ski area to the Inland Valley.
There is only one way to get there North on Mountain Avenue 16 miles from the
intersection of the10 Freeway. Everyone has to ride Chair One from the parking lot to the
base area to access the other lifts or get to the restaurant.
Mt. Baldy is the only ski area in Southern California that
credits you for unused time on your lift ticket, by billing you $7 per hour for skiing.
Mt. Baldy has fewer lifts than other Southern California Resorts but is least crowded and
has the largest skiable area. It is a perfect place to sneak off too from the Inland
Valley during the week for a few hours or whole day of economical uncrowded skiing.
Mt. Baldy is best suited for a day visit. There is no night
sking and there isnt much lodging. Most lodgers stay at conveint places like nearby
Griswalds which is only 16 miles down the hill at the 10 freeway.
The snowfall at Baldy and Wrightwood is sometimes more, and
sometimes less, than Big Bear. With no lake to supply water for snowmaking, Mt.
Baldys snowmaking reservoir is sometimes empty after the Christmas holiday. Not this
The ski conditions can be quite good, especially when
mother nature cooperates. The combination of the parking lots capacity of 2,000,
only 4 lifts, and 400 plus acres of wide open skiable area (twice the area of other
Southern California Resorts) can deliver a nearby, un-crowded, and enjoyable skiing
On weekends, especially after a snowfall, skiers should get
up the hill before 8:30am to avoid sightseeing traffic. Chair 1 also doubles as a
transportation source for staff, sightseers, and diners for the restaurant. The cost for
riding Chair 1 for sightseers and dinners is $10 round trip, or $6 one-way (and you hike
back down). Skis and other luggage can be put in the chair behind you. There is no charge
if you have a lift ticket.
Once you get to the top of Chair 1 depending on the snow
coverage, you have a choice of skiing down to the base of Chair 1 where the parking lot
is, or taking one of three lifts up much higher.
On a clear day you can see to the South all the way to
Catalina, 25 miles off the California Coast and the north, the high desert.
Mt. Baldy occasionally has a ski demo day, and has a number
of promotions going with Southern California businesses offering an unprecedented 50%
discount for both adults and children. Combined with the resorts lift ticket prorating
policy, this makes Mt. Baldy quite a skiing value.
The terrain mix at Mt. Baldy is 20% beginner, 40%
intermediate, and 20% advanced, and 20% expert. The base elevation is 6,500. Top elevation
is 8,600 feet. The vertical drop is 2,100 feet. Some runs are actually as long as
Lift tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children 12 and
under, all day; and $25 for adults, and $13 for children half day.
- Mt. Baldy Ski Area
- Mt. Baldy, CA 91759.
- Phone: 909-982-0800
- Snow Report: 909-981-3344
Pete Olson, President
Two other ski resorts, almost as nearby as Mt. Baldy, are
Mountain High and Ski Sunrise which are location in Wrightwood, about 45 minutes and 60
miles from Ontario. The drive to Wrightwood lacks the slow winding roads which are
often jammed with traffic at other ski resorts during or after snowfalls. The
driving distance to Wrightwood is about 30 miles longer than Mt. Baldy, but the driving
time isn't that bad because the road up is two lanes and tends not to have that much
traffic, even during peak times. On a weekday, after there has been a good snowfall,
the two resorts at Wrightwood are a good choice for convenient and enjoyable skiing.
The scenery along the way is a striking contrast of ancient
sandstone cliffs, panoramic gorges with laboring locomotives stretching the horizon, and
snow-capped mountains that dramatically shoot out of the desert and cacti.
Ski Sunrise, Wrightwood
Ski Sunrise, located across the road from Mountain High
West, is celebrating it's 52nd anniversary. Ski Sunrise gets quite a few skiers
during peak periods, but its lift configuration and wide open slopes offers relative
Although Ski Sunrise isn't that large, it is the only
resort in Southern California to offer two bowls, The upper bowl is for intermediate
skiers and is open all the time. The lower bowl is for advanced skiers and is only
open when snow conditions permit.
The resort caters to families and groups. Ski Sunrise
ahs one of the best ski schools in Southern California. The ski shop offers rentals
and ski tune ups. This year the cafeteria is experimenting with home cooked food.
Plans are under way for live bands on Saturdays.
Most people discover Ski Sunrise when Mountian High is too
crowded. Acording to the general manager, Jerry Price, "The crowdds at Mountain
High may bring them here, but once they ski Ski Run Sunrise, they get hooked."
Ski Sunrise is smlaller than Mountian High' it only has
four lifts, and no snowboard parks. But the entire 100 acre ski are is open to
snowboarders and the resort's 24 trails are seldom crowded. Another plus is Ski
Sunrise's snow reports are refreshigly accurate.
- Ski Sunrise
- Ski Report: 760-249-6150
Another resort almost as nearby is Mountain High. It is
located in Wrightwood, about 30 miles and 40 minutes from Ontario and San Bernardino. The
drive lacks the slow winding roads which are often traffic jammed at other resorts,
especially during or after snowfalls. Mountain Highs motto is "Unbelievable
Skiing with an Unbelievable Drive! The New Mountain High is arguably the easiest drive to
a ski resort in Southern California. It is a little further than Mt. Baldy, but road up is
two lanes and tends not to have that much traffic, even during peak times. On a weekday,
after there has been a good snowfall, Mountain High can be quite a conveint and pleasant
place to ski with trails and lifts that are quite competitive with Big Bear Area and even
Sierra Nevada resorts.
Mountain High has substantially more snowmaking than Mt.
Baldy but not as much as the Big Bear area resorts. The resort offers a 75 minute
satisfaction guarantee. Special Young adult prices are offered; 13-22 4 hours $25, 8
hours $29, 14 hours $33, night skiing 5-10 $21. Ralph's Supermarkets is sell special
extended day tickets for $28 with no grocery purchase required. The New Mountain
High is under new management which has already invested over $2 million in resort
improvements. The base facilities have been remodeled, there is 30% more snow
making, five new snow cats, new luxury shuttle buses, new rental ski and snowboards, and a
new web site. The resort is under new management, which has renamed the resort to
Mountain High has two mountain ski areas each with its own
parking lot, base area, ski rental shop, and snack bar. Neither base is that large, but it
makes it easy to get to the lifts. A new free luxury shuttle bus runs between the two
areas every 15 minutes. The resort offers a combined total of 11 lifts (6 double, 3
triple, 1 quad, and 1 hi-speed quad), 45 trails covering 19 miles. The terrain mix is 25%
beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced. The base elevation is 6600 feet. The top
elevation is 8,200 feet. The vertical drop is 1,600 feet. The skiable area is 220 acres.
Night skiing is offered 7 nights a week, (conditions permitting).
Mountain High has 2 snowboard parks; The Fault Line East
snowboard park is on Wildcard and is serviced by Chair 9 and Char 11 (the high speed
quad). The Fault Line West snowboard park is on Faltline by Boarderline which is serviced
by Chair 4. Another run that popular is Chair 5 which has good skiing as well as
snowboarding. It rarely has any lift line and doesnt have any merging trails, so you
can concentrate on enjoying some challenging intermediate skiing without having to worry
Mountain High East has more advanced skiing and a bowl that
is not as difficult as it looks from the highway. There are beginner trails at the top of
the East mountain accessible by riding Chair 11, The Mountain High Express, a high speed
quad that takes you to the top in 6 minutes. The run is 1,600 vertical feet, and 6,000
feet long the greatest vertical drop in Southern California serviced by a high speed quad.
- Phone: 760-249-5808 30-45 inch base
John McColly, P.R. at East
818-623-3260, Eric Aledort disney lawyer
- Fax: 760-249-3155
- Snow Report: 888-754-7878, 4-6 inches new snow
Lift Tickets: $39.00, adult all day, $33 youth all day,
children under 10 with a paid adult ticket are free or $10. John McColly, P.R. x 232
Mountain Ski Area
Located in Mammoth Lakes, about 284 miles and six hours
from Ontario is the top-rated Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. Mammoth is consistently rated one
of the top five ski resorts in North America. It offers a half-dozen world famous
bowls, gentle groomed trails, steep chutes, seculded tree runs, lots of snow, and an
abundent supply of California sunshire.
The vareity of runs at Mammoth offers something for
everyone fromthe beginners to expert. According to Mammoth spokesperson, xxx, on an
average day, more acerate at Mammoth groomed than any other ski area in the country.
Mammoth's unique Automatic People Mover belt drive train
comfortably takes you from the Chair 2 parking lot all the way to the expansive Main Lodge
Mammoth has the largest fleet of modern snowcats in the
world. The season frequently runs from November-June. Mammoth's natural snow
pack averages 20 feet. The peak elevation is an impressive 11,053 feet.
One the drive through town and up the hill to the base of the
mountian, you may notice snow drifts in excess of 30 feet. If anyone every tells you
California doesn't have a destination ski resort that compares to Colorado and Utah, tell
them to checkout Mammoth.
Lift Tickets: $43 Trail Miles or Acres: 3500 acres
Runs (Total, % Beg/Interm/Adv): 150: 30/40/30
- Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
- P.O. Box 24
- Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
- Phone: 619-934-2571
- Lodging & Reservations: 800-228-4947
- Snow Report Phone: 800-832-7320
- FAX: 619-934-0603
Lifts: 2 GON, 2 HiSp Quad, 4 quad, 7 triples, 14 doubles, 2
Vertical Drop: 3100' Base Elev: 7953' Peak Elev: 11053'
Annual Snowfall: 335" Snowmaking: 200 acres
PROFILE: Mammoth offers world famous bowls, gentle groomed
trails, steep chutes, secluded tree runs, and plenty of California sunshine. The variety
of runs at Mammoth offers something for everyone from the first-timer to the seasoned pro.
On an average day, more acreage is groomed than any other ski area in the country. The
fleet of modern snowcats is the largest in the world. Mammoth has one of the nation's
longest seasons (November-July), most dependable snow depths (8-12 feet of natural snow
pack), highest peak elevations (11,053 feet), and largest staff (1800) to ensure
everything runs smoothly.
Skiing Options: Snowboard, Alpine, Off-piste, Child care, X
Country, Racing, Disabled
Snowboarding: Halfpipe at June Mountain--half an hour north
of Mammoth; snowboarding headquarters.
Lodging: The mountain has its own hotel--slope-side. Other
properties are available in town. Free shuttle runs from town to the mountain.
Junior Program: Day care can be incorporated with ski
school. Newly updated children ski center, Woolly Wood Ski Academy.
Getting There: 5-6 hour drive from L.A. on 395. (800) 427
ROAD will give up to date weather conditions and restrictions. Always carry chains.
If you are in a driving mood, Mammoth which is rated as one
of the top five ski resorts in the world is only six hours away. The most impressive thing
about Mamouth all the snow and the increadible length of their season. I have skied at
this California resort several times on Memorial Day and last year there was skiing on
My two young sons marveled at snow drifts frequently over
60 feet deep and so many lifts and trails they could not get to them all in three solid
days of skiing. If anyone ever tells you California doesnt have skiing that compares
to Colorado and Utah, tell them to check out Mammoth.
Skiing can be a great family activity. While going up and
down the slopes and on the lifts I get to spend more time with my seven and 10 year old
sons and my wife any other time or place.
Many Southern Californians chose to take 3 day ski
vacations to Utah and Colorado. These trips can be quite economical with the competitive
air fares and discount packages.
My family takes a yearly trip to Winter Park Colorado,
which is a great family resort only 80 miles outside of Denver. Winter Park can handle
80,000 skiers per hour. It has beginner and intermediate runs from the base to the very
top of the mountain. There are also a wide range of challenging advanced intermediate and
Nick Anis is a computer and
technology writer and the author of 24 books who also writes about travel, food &
wine, entertainment, skiing and family recreation. He writes for Ziff-Davis, Microtimes,
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Travel Watch, TravelGram, and Restaurant-Row. He is
responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published by the Long Beach
Press Telegram. Nick is a member of the Computer Press Association, The International Food
Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFW&TWA), and the North American Ski Journalists
Nick can be reached at NickAnis@travel-watch.com,
Phone: 909-860-6914, Fax: 909-396-0014.