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Summer’s Work Turns To Winter’s Fun At SoCal Resorts

Mountain High

With the early snowfall in the California mountains, SoCal shredders and plankers alike are itching to head to the hills for those precious first turns.


That typically means a ride up to Mountain High, Snow Valley, Snow Summit or Bear Mountain. Offseason improvements have been limited this summer, primarily by the poor snow – and revenue – season in 2011-2012. Nonetheless, there is news to report:


Bear Mountain. Children ages 3-6 get their own terrain park, called Riglet Park, with miniature features in a playground milieu. The revamped Red Bull Plaza continues to bring urban convenience to the Powder Bowl downtown area.


Snow Summit. Celebrating its 60th season in Big Bear Lake, Snow Summit crews remodeled the Bear Bottom Lodge by adding 960 square feet of deck and 3,600 s-ft to the party area. Imbibers get to sit inside or out at the new Slopeside Pub.


Mountain High. The new Family Learning Center goes right to the fundamentals for never-evers and beginners with the latest in on-the-snow teaching aids for skiing and snowboarding. Improve enough, and students can take on the new Magic Forest with its hidden animals, historic artifacts and humorous messages. Or check out the Woodworth Gulch Natural Terrain Park where nothings artificial. Get thirsty and the remodeled Warming Hut awaits.


Snow Valley. What you saw last season is what you get at the Arrowhead Lake resort. Less visible but important to skiers and riders are the new variable drive pumps and automated snow guns installed in the snowmaking system for greater efficiency.


Photo: Mountain High



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