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After recent snow, Mountain High ski area set to reopen Tuesday

After recent snow, Mountain High ski area set to reopen Tuesday
Trees are covered in snow Monday in Wrightwood, Calif. The snow was enough to prompt Mountain High ski resort to make plans to open Tuesday. (James Quigg / Associated Press)

It's nothing like the big winter snow in the East, but parts of Southern California ski resorts welcomed almost a foot of snow this week.

"It snowed on and off all day. Tomorrow [Tuesday] looks great," Snow Summit's website said Monday.

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During a parched winter that has seen far too little precipitation in the region, resorts are out to enjoy the natural boost for as long as it lasts.

Mountain High planned to open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday after being "closed for the better part of a week," the resort said in an announcement Monday.

The slopes received 7 to 10 inches of snow Sunday and were expecting another few inches Monday evening. The resort also turned on the snow-making machines and planned to open terrain features and the Winter Sports School too.

Discounted lift tickets are available for $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and younger, the announcement says.

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in the Big Bear Lake area received about a half a foot of snow. The mountain roads to the resort are clear, and 21 of 26 lifts are available, marketing vice president Chris Riddle says via e-mail.

Snow levels were expected to drop to the 5,000 foot level Monday.

But then weather forecasts say temperatures will warm during the rest of the week, with a possibility of a little snow over the coming weekend.

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