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Ski Season comes to the Inland Valley

By Nick Anis for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Big 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 local delivery.

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 the valley.

Big Bear Chateau Holiday Inn

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 honeymoon suite.

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

Northwoods 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 Northwood’s theme of "rustic" decor.

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 being $10.

Snow Summit, 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, 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 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 day. Child (ages 7-12) lift tickets are $10 for a full day, and $7 for a 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:

Bear 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 climatic conditions.

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, Northstar-at-Tahoe 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 program’s 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 Sale.

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:

Communications Director, Judy Bowers

Snow Valley, Running Springs

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 "Slide Peak."

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 Valley’s 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 are free.

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:

Mr. Jay Reed, x 132,

Mt. Baldy

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 opened.

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 snowfall.

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 value.

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 isn’t 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. Baldy’s snowmaking reservoir is sometimes empty after the Christmas holiday. Not this year though.

The ski conditions can be quite good, especially when mother nature cooperates. The combination of the parking lot’s 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 experience.

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 Mamouth’s.

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 uncrowded skiing. 

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

Mountain High, Wrightwood

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 High’s 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 doesn’t have any merging trails, so you can concentrate on enjoying some challenging intermediate skiing without having to worry about traffic.

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 232 760-249-5808

Mammoth 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 Sun Deck.

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 surface lifts

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 July 4th.

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 doesn’t 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 expert runs.

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 Association. (NASJA).

Nick can be reached at, Phone: 909-860-6914, Fax: 909-396-0014.


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