Environment & Science

SoCal ski resorts slow down despite fresh snow

File: A skier looks back up Bear Mountain near the chair lift as a park worker makes his way toward the hill on a snowmobile.
File: A skier looks back up Bear Mountain near the chair lift as a park worker makes his way toward the hill on a snowmobile.
Grant Slater/KPCC

Though ski resorts in the Sierra Mountain range are benefiting from an abundance of snow and keeping slopes open until May, resort business closer to the SoCal area is slowing down despite fresh snow.

Representatives from Bear Mountain and Snow Summit said they plan to stay open for at least another two weeks, but others like Mount Waterman and Mountain High already closed for the season.

Brandon Schlarmann, owner of Big Bear Manor Spa Cabins, said that even though the season is coming to a close, his business had a solid winter season. 

"If you compare over the last three of four years, this has been a better year. Weekends [were] packed up until March. Mid-weeks it was kind of disappointing, except for in January," he told KPCC.

The Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts at Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains say on their websites that they received another 4 to 6 inches by Wednesday morning, for a total of 8 to 10 inches in 48 hours. More snow showers are possible, the Associated Press reported.

Despite the precipitation, drought remains a problem for Southern California. According to AP, downtown Los Angeles has received only 6.59 inches of rain since Oct. 1. The normal amount at this time of year would be 13.28 inches.