First Day of Southern California Skiing Could be this Weekend

Plenty of snow this afternoon at Mt. High | Photo Courtesy Mt. High

Well, hello winter! That storm that dropped rain on Los Angeles today also dumped snow in the local mountains. Wrightwood's Mountain High in the San Gabriel range is reporting four to five inches, and with the help of snowmaking operations, hopes to open either Sunday or Monday. The resort, which is about 70 miles from downtown L.A., is traditionally the first to open in Southern California each season.

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[Update: Mountain High opened Saturday. Read more here.]

But the first ski area to open in California was Boreal Mountain Resort north of Lake Tahoe in Truckee. One ski run with access to a terrain park opened on October 28th.

As for other ski area openings in Southern California:

  • Bear Mountain/Snow Summit: They will not open this weekend but will be making snow and announce an opening date later.
  • Mt. Baldy: Operators are looking to open the tubing park and beginners area for Thanksgiving Weekend. Other areas are planned to be open around Christmas.
  • Rim Nordic: This groomed country country ski and snowshoe area in the San Bernardino Mountains does not make its own snow and needs at least 10 inches or more to get a base going.
  • Snow Valley: Per the resort's facebook page, staff are waiting to see what this weekend's snowmaking will bring them.
  • Mt. Waterman: No word yet, but the weather will be back in the low 70s late next week.

Further up the state, a few other ski area openings:

  • Mammouth Mountain: The big opening is set for November 10th
  • Badger Pass: In beautiful Yosemite National Park, the anticipated opening date is December 16th.
  • Lake Tahoe Resorts: Anticipated dates include November 18th at Heavenly and Northstar, and November 23rd at Mt. Rose and Squaw Valley. Other areas are still to be determined.

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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