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Southern California ski resorts revel in storm's fresh powder [Video]

Southern California ski areas finally get a break: more than six inches of snow has fallen -- and counting

If the big rain has you thinking about skiing or snowboarding, hold that thought. The storm coated Southern California mountains with enough fresh powder for local ski resorts to remain open or open this weekend and even expand their terrain.

Snow Summit, which was open Friday (see video), reported 6 to 8 inches of snow as of midday.

"[O]ur surface condition is currently fresh powder and packed powder!" Snow Summit's website said. The Miracle mile and beginner runs are accessible with more terrain to open soon at the Big Bear Lake resort, a spokeswoman said.

Sister resort Bear Mountain was shut Friday but plans to open Saturday. It will open daily starting Monday.

Mountain High ski area near Wrightwood plans to open the West Resort on "Sunday, if not earlier," its website said. The East Resort and North Pole Tubing Park await more snow before they can open.

One word of caution before you head to the slopes: Tire chains currently are required, except for four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires, on California routes 38, 18 and 330 leading to Big Bear Lake. Also, some roadways have one-lane traffic in areas too.

Check road conditions before you travel at the California Department of Transportation's website or call the ski resorts.

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