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SoCal Mountains: Where The Summer Action Is Close To Home

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The L.A. Basin warms up this time of year, and one of the best ways to beat that heat is to head to the mountains.

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Finding Off-Beat Ways To Celebrate Holidays In The Hills

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Christmas in the mountains runs deep with traditions. But a number of resorts try to work outside the box and be creative with their celebrations.

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SoCal Resorts Aim At Non-Skiers, First-Timers

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For a long time, the idea has to get more people on the mountain, but nowadays it’s just as good to get more folks on the property. Witness SoCal resorts.

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Escape Heat, Hustle To The Cool Clear Air In California Mountains

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When the hustle and bustle gets too much down below, Californians head to the hills. And, the state’s ski and snowboard resorts shift into summer gear to provide the thrills, adventures and just plain relaxation that they are looking for.

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Learn To Ski-Ride At West Coast Resorts

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Build your skills with an affordable and fun lesson. (Alyeska)

Ever have a friend with whom you’d love to hit slopes, but he or she has never skied or ridden before? If so, the annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month may just be the ticket.

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Mountain High Resorts Purchased By MHR Investor Group

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Scoring deep pow in the San Gabriel Mountains. (Mountain High)

Southern California’s Mountain High has been sold by Ski Resort Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Oz Real Estate, to Mountain High Reunited, a group that includes current President and CEO, Karl Kapuscinski, the senior management team, and MHR Investors.

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Ziplines Crisscross The Mountains Of California

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Zipline-ing at Heavenly includes monster lake view. (Heavenly/Facebook)

One of the most prevalent summer activities at ski and snowboard resorts is the high-flying, high-speed zipline. And California is no exception.

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SoCal Resorts Opening, Top Terrain Parks Ready

SoCal Resorts Opening, Top Terrain Parks Ready

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As the song contends, it seems “it never rains in Southern California,” but it does snow in the mountains. Enough has fallen already from the skies and out of the nozzles of snow guns that SoCal’s ski and snowboard season is underway.


All within driving distance of Los Angeles or San Diego, a half-dozen resorts feature ample varieties of trails and slopes, and terrain parks that play off of the popularity of skateboarding and surfing down below.

Another highlight is collaboration on lift tickets that make it easier and cheaper to get onto the slopes. It’s the second season for the consortium of Mammoth MountainJune Mountain, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The Cali4nia Pass covers all four resorts for the whole season, while Bear and Snow Summit join up with both unlimited and midweek versions. Season pass holders at Mountain High or Mt. Baldy get three free days at the other resort.

Snow Valley terrain park

At Snow Valley, there’s a new conveyor lift that doubles terrain for the kid’s learning area, while night skiing continues. At Snow Summit, a new 3,000 square-foot children’s center sprung up over the summer.

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San Diego fav Mountain High boasts two separate mountains that let skiers and riders choose the type of terrain they want to hit on any day.

Mt. Baldy boast less grooming, more challenges on its slopes.

And Mt. Baldy – about 45 miles from L.A. – keeps it old-school with fewer trails groomed every day to challenge skiers and ‘boarders to up their games beyond corduroy.

Mammoth Mountain – the largest resort in Southern California – adds to its Unbound Terrain Park legacy with a new hike-in terrain park in the Hemlocks Ridge area. A half-dozen parks of progressive difficulty dot the lower half of the trail map at Mammoth, including four half-pipes.

“Surfing and skateboarding are inherently ingrained in the fabric of Southern California, and freestyle snowboarding is a natural extension of that,” Mammoth’s Lauren Burke told SnoCountry.com. “The Southern California board sport culture slowly made its way to up north, first to June Mountain and then to Mammoth, and the Unbound Terrain Parks were born.”

Young rider contemplates Snow Summit terrain options.

At Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, terrain park crews regularly shift features overnight to keep things fresh.



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SoCal's Mountain High Temporarily Closed; Snow Valley Honors Passes

Mountain HighUnusually high temps have forced Mountain High to shut down it lifts until conditions improve, but one of its SoCal neighbors has stepped in to help.

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Stoked Out West: Freshies Roll In Early To California, Colorado

ASquaw Valley opening dayFrom British Columbia to Arizona – and most everywhere in between – you can hear the yips and yelps as the 2015-2016 western skiing and snowboarding season begins with a bang.

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More Resorts, More Terrain Open In California, Colorado

Wolf CreekThe first storm cycle of the season has brought much-need precipitation to California and the Pacific Northwest, and enough snow to open a few more resorts, and expanded terrain offerings in Colorado.

 

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Deeper Discounts: So. Cal Resorts Entice Skiers To Learn, Ski & Ride

Mountain High noviceThis 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.

 

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Mount Baldy Officials Thankful To Be Outside Monument Borders

Snowboarding at Mount BaldyOfficials at Mount Baldy get to breathe a sigh of relief as the Southern California ski and snowboard mountain has been determined to be outside the boundaries of a new national monument.

 

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California Dreamin’: Time To Get Best Deal On Next Season’s Passes

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The skiing and snowboard season in California was a mixed bag this season, but hope always springs eternal for the next season – as do the bargains for buying a season’s pass early.

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Thanksgiving Weekend To Be Bountiful; Nearly 200 Resorts Will Open

Jay PeakNo worries. Indulge. Then, work it off, as nearly 200 of the nation’s ski resorts – coast to coast – will be open for skiing and riding Thanksgiving Weekend.

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‘Hope On The Slopes’ Events Set; Benefits American Cancer Society

Hope on the SlopesHope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure (HOTS) is a fundraising event benefitting the American Cancer Society. Look for it at ski areas across the country.
HOTS combines the passion of finding a cure for cancer with a love for skiing and riding.

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12 Western Resorts Unite With New ‘Powder Alliance’ Pass

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Twelve ski resorts throughout the West – many with prodigious pow stashes – have united to offer skiers and riders the opportunity to broaden their powdery horizons with a brand new “Powder Alliance” pass.

 

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

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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.

 

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November Means Lots Of Big Ski Shows Are Coming Your Way

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Skiers and riders look to the fall ski shows to discover improvements ski areas have made during the off-season, talk with manufacturers’ reps, decide on their ski vacation and getaway plans, get deals on swapped or new equipment, and enjoy live entertainment. 

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Mountain High Premieres ‘Los Angeles’ Flick Sept. 28; Free Lift Ticket

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The first feature-length snowboard movie – titled “Los Angeles” – to be produced by Mountain High Resort in Southern California will be shown Sept. 18 at the Downtown Independent Theater. Each moviegoer will receive a free Mountain High lift ticket.

 

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