Daron Rahlves
Skiing: the West's outstanding early-season conditions
Skiing: the West's outstanding early-season conditions

Powerful late-fall storms have dropped many feet of snow on mountains throughout the West, creating some of the best early-season skiing and snowboarding conditions in years. Despite the still-sluggish economy, resorts have spent millions of dollars on capital improvements and continue to introduce innovative features and programs.Here's a look at what's new this season in California and across the region.Southern CaliforniaMountain High, near Wrightwood, opens its longest terrain park, 1.6 miles, at its East Resort and is re-releasing its application for iPhone and Android. The app provides quick links to Mountain High's Forum, Facebook and Twitter pages, allowing guests to upload...