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Ski season coming to a close in Southern California

Children have a snowball fight at the foot of Bear Mountain on February 8.
Children have a snowball fight at the foot of Bear Mountain on February 8.
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There are just a few days left to ski and snowboard in Southern California this spring.

Mountain High, Snow Valley and Snow Summit Resorts have already closed for the season, but Bear Mountain Resort is keeping slopes open through Sunday.

Even though El Niño did not deliver record-shattering precipitation as promised to most of Southern California this winter, it still brought better skiing conditions than in recent years to the San Bernardino Mountains.

One storm in January brought more than 30 inches of snow to the Big Bear Lake area. Several smaller storms and the help of snowmaking technology made for a season of good conditions at Bear Mountain Resort, said resort spokesperson Clayton Shoemaker.

The past few years, the ski season at Bear Mountain didn’t even make it to March. This year’s season was much longer, Shoemaker said.

“It’s exciting for us, we’re excited to see people still skiing and snowboarding into April here,” he said.

Shoemaker anticipates a busy closing weekend for the resort. 

If you can’t make it to Bear Mountain this weekend, your next option is to head north. Mammoth Mountain is expected to remain open for a few more weeks.