Environment & Science

Ski season kicks off in Southern California with piles of fresh snow

A skier enjoys the snow at opening day of the resort.
A skier enjoys the snow at opening day of the resort.
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A skier enjoys the snow at opening day of the resort.
Folks unload and move snow on the resort.
Courtesy of Mountain High Resort
A skier enjoys the snow at opening day of the resort.
File photo of a food in Mountain High's snow.
Courtesy of Mountain High Resort


Drive a couple hours out into the mountains and you'll find a winter wonderland, just in time for the opening week of ski season in Southern California. Mountain High Resort officially opened Tuesday with more than six inches of natural and machine-made snow. 

Currently, novice and intermediate skiers alike can shred on one top-to-bottom run made up of three trails, complete with various terrain features. Mountain High's John McColly told KPCC that as many as three more trails will be open by the weekend. 

The area recently saw two storms roll through. Sunday morning ushered in about 2-3 inches of natural snow. 

“Combining with the machine-made snow that we’re making out there, everything looks pretty white,” McColly said.  

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It looks like “snow-making temperatures” are here to stay for the foreseeable future — about a week — so the resort will keep producing the powdery snow as fast as possible, he said.

The idea of manufactured snow might not sound as good as the real deal, but don't be fooled. The snow might be machine-made, but there's nothing artificial about it, according to their website. The process the machines use just give Mother Nature a helping hand. 

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Folks up for a ski can head over to Mountain High every day, from 8:30 a.m -4 p.m. Weekenders can choose to hit the trails after-hours for extra snow time. 

Up for a slightly longer drive? Across the way, Big Bear's season opened this past weekend with six inches of natural snow, the resort's Justin Kanton told KPCC. For now, they're only open on the weekends.