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California ski resorts Mammoth Mountain and Mt. Rose report good spring conditions -- so far

Spring skiing this year in California is a bit hit or miss. High elevations in the Sierra report good snow, but Southern California resorts are struggling to squeeze out a week or two more in light of recent record-breaking heat.

In SoCal, Mountain High reports on its website that it's "Temporarily closed, ready to reopen in 24 hours notice." The Wrightwood resort says it could open any time between now and April 4 if conditions improve.

At resorts near Big Bear Lake, Snow Summit plans to remain open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through March 29; same hours for Bear Mountain, which plans to operate through April 5.

Farther north, Mammoth Mountain hasn't set an end-of-season date. Spokesman Tim LeRoy says by email that snow on the upper mountain "looks pretty good" and that an April storm could keep it all going.

(The Cali4nia Pass for the 2015-16 ski season goes on sale Monday. It combines skiing and snowboarding at Mammoth with Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain. The preseason price is $689; those who buy before April 6 will receive a $100 resort credit.)

Mt. Rose in the Lake Tahoe area reports that most of the mountain is open with a 2- to 5-foot base. The resort plans to remain open until April 19.

Sugar Bowl resort, also in the Lake Tahoe area, announced Wednesday that it plans to close for the season Sunday. It blamed "deteriorating snow conditions at the base of the mountain and no snow in the immediate forecast."

Sister resort Royal Gorge is temporarily closed, its website says.

 

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