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Lower-California Mountain Resorts

Big Bear Mountain

Big Bear Mountain Resorts dual mountain lift tickets and season passes are valid at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Access 23 lifts, 55+ runs and the most amazing collection of parks, pipes and rails around. The Outlaw Funpark has been featured in more magazines and videos than perhaps any other funpark in the world. It's almost as if some boarders hijacked the grooming equipment and custom tailored the terrain to their liking. Pro rider Neal Drake returns to Bear to design terrain parks. More boarding stuff includes the mountain's superpipe and the Quiksilver Terrain Park. The folks at Big Bear are also working on a park designed for beginner and intermediate riders. This should limit some "obstacles" in the big boy parks. Bear is also home to "Geronimo," which is probably the best run in all of Southern California. Vital Statistics: Directions: Take Interstate 15 north to I-215 north to I-10 east to Highway 30 north to Highway 330 east. Past Running Springs, the road turns into Highway 18 east. Turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam, continue two miles east on Big Bear Boulevard to Goldmine, and turn right. General Information: (909) 585-2519, Snow Report: (800) BEAR-MTN. Web site: http://www.bigbearmountainresorts.com/

Mt. Baldy Resort

The Secret "surf" Snow Spot. I really hate to tell you aout this place. It's so lonesome, I mean so very little amount of people and so much fun terrain to board. I think this is all Iwant to tell you about his place. http://www.mtbaldy.com/

Snow Summit

Big Bear Mountain Resorts dual mountain lift tickets and season passes are valid at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.Seven terrain parks for snowboarders, ranging from easy to edgy. The Ego Trip Super Park, with larger and more technical features, is designed for advanced riders while other parks are geared for both beginners and intermediates. Westridge, at 1.25 miles in length, is challenging but not overwhelming, while the Little AirLine is perfect for beginners with mellow bumps and a few bank turns.Directions: Snow Summit is 130 miles northeast of San Diego. Take Interstate 15 north to I-215 north to I-10 east to Highway 30 north to Highway 330 east. Past Running Springs, the road turns into Highway 18 east. Turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Pass Big Bear Village to Summit Boulevard and turn right on Summit Boulevard. Snowboarding: Two full-sized halfpipes, plus the Ego Trip Super Park for advanced riders ( with limited entry and a required release of liability,) and Family Park, an area designated for slow skiing and snowboarding. General Information: (909) 866-5766, Snow Report: (888) SUMMIT-1. Web site: http://www.bigbearmountainresorts.com/

Snow Valley Resort

At about the same elevation as Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, but it receives more natural snow due to its location in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Snow Valley staff also has the capability of producing manmade snow on 92 percent of the mountain's terrain -- add that to an average annual fall of 135 inches and you've got a good base for some serious shredding. Snow Valley features a vertical rise of 1,030 feet, along with 30 trails on 240 acres of terrain. Vital Statistics: Directions: Take I-15 north to I-215 north to I-10 east to Highway 30. From Highway 30, take Highway 330 into Mountain Resorts. Highway 330 turns into Highway 18. Snow Valley is five miles east of Running Springs on Highway 18. General Information: Snow Report: (909) 867-2751 or (800) 680-7669. http://www.snow-valley.com/

Mountain High

The closest major mountain resort to San Diego. Though you won't see it in a lot of publications, this is a great choice if you want to avoid mountain driving. The mountain features a vertical rise of 1,600 feet, with 47 trails and 220 acres of terrain. For the boarders, Mountain High has five terrain parks, two halfpipes, one jib park and one snowskate park. Vital Statistics Directions: Mountain High is 135 miles from San Diego. Take I-15 north and exit on Highway 138 (Palmdale/Lake Silverwood exit), go west 13 miles to Highway 2 and then through Wrightwood to ski area. Snowboarding: Three top-to-bottom terrain parks and two competition halfpipes. General Information: (760) 249-5808, Snow Report: (888) 754-7878. Web site: www.mthigh.com

Mid-California Mountain Resorts

June Mountain

Located in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain range, about 30 minutes north of Mammoth, Its steep front face is challenging for most advanced boarders. Beginners and intermediate riders will enjoy lots of wide, open terrain and an easy, efficient chair system.

Directions: June Mountain is 400 miles north of San Diego.
Take Interstate 15 north to Highway 395, then north to Highway 158. Snowboarding: Customized Snowboard Park
General Information
(760) 934-2224 or toll-free: (888) JUNE-MTN.
Web site: www.junemountain.com


Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain is a little too far north to be considered a Southern Californian resort, but really, it's the best mountain this side of Tahoe. Bought in 1956 by owner Dave McCoy, Mammoth is home mountain to many pros. The resort has spent $120 million in the last five years to bring you the ultimate skiing and boarding experience. The Gondolas The Panorama Gondola, a lift that moves you 2,000 feet in just under nine minutes, has two sections: base to McCoy Station and McCoy Station to the top of the mountain. Mammoth opens McCoy Station, the new mid-mountain chalet, in December. The chalet features a $5 million facelift, complete with a restaurant and food court. Snowboarding Less time on the lift means more time on the three full-time halfpipes and three Snowboard parks. State-of-the-art machinery enables the crew to sculpt creative and challenging pipes, wherever they please. Vital Statistics: Directions: Mammoth is 375 miles north of San Diego. Take I-15 north to Highway 395 north to Highway 203. Snowboarding: Three full-time halfpipes and three Snowboard parks. Lodging: Contact Mammoth Lakes Visitors Bureau at (888) GO-MAMMOTH. General Information: (760) 934-0745, toll free (800) MAMMOTH. Snow Report: (888) SNOWRPT. Web site: www.mammothmountain.com

Northern California and Tahoe/NV Area

Lake Tahoe
The Lake Tahoe area has 15 downhill and 13 Nordic resorts.

SquawValley
530-583-6985; www.squaw.com/, which hosted the 1960 Olympics and is undergoing a major expansion.

Northstar
800-466-6784; www.skinorthstar.com/, which focuses on families and has some of the most excellent halfpipes and upper carving runs.

Sierra at Tahoe
530-659-7453; www.sierratahoe.com/, a small resort that targets day skiers. For the cross-country set, many alpine areas also offer trails for kicking and gliding.

 

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