This 2014-2015 winter has yet to be kind to Southern California mountains, so that means resorts are getting kinder and kinder to skiers and snowboarders.
Many of the deals at these resorts combine learn-to-ski packages with down-home discounts to entice both newcomers and old-hands out of the city and onto the slopes.
Here’s a look a what several resorts have come up with to entice you:
China Peak. A three-day learn-to-ski or ride package is $99. That includes three days of rentals, group lessons and restricted tickets. Like many newbie deals, if three days are completed, the skiers or rider gets a free season ticket valid for Chairs 1 and 6 up the front side. Plus, they get free group lessons for the rest of the season and deals on rentals and next year’s season passes. China Peak is located in Lakeshore, a bit more central in the state.
Mountain High. Wednesdays after dark are now College Nights. A college ID means $20 lift ticket for an evening of skiing and riding at one of the few resorts that have night skiing every evening until 10 p.m. Stick around another day and meet up with locals, as Thursdays evenings are Locals Nights. Or bring someone new to the sport and get them going on the slopes for $99, including lesson, rental and lift ticket.
Bear Mountain. At the resort by the lake, marketers are working to get people on the hill – and in town – with ski-and-stay packages that begin at $89 a night. Deal includes night at partner property and day ticket at either Big Bear or Snow Summit.
Photos: Top -- Mountain High novice skier tests the slopes (Facebook); Bottom: China Peak offers free season tickets after Learn To Ski package (China Peak/Facebook)