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Sweet ski deals from California resorts

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Mountain High

Location: 27 miles northwest of San Bernardino

Acres: 290 (in three areas)

Lifts: 16

Vertical: 1,600 feet (peak, 8,200)

Snow-making: 75%

Deal: "3-Peat" ticket package for beginners, with three days of gear, classes, lift tickets (non-holiday), plus one-day lift ticket at end, for $129; experienced skiers, "6-Pack" package, six eight-hour lift tickets (non-holiday), $179. Free parking near main lodge for carpoolers.

Contact: (888) 754-7878,

Snow Summit

Location: Big Bear Lake, 45 miles northeast of San Bernardino

Acres: 240

Lifts: 14

Vertical: 1,200 feet (peak, 8,200)

Snow-making: 100%

Deal: New ski-stay packages, up to 25% off lodging and lift tickets; same carpool discount as Bear Mountain.

Contact: (909) 866-5766,

Bear Mountain

Location: Big Bear Lake, 45 miles northeast of San Bernardino

Acres: 198

Lifts: 12

Vertical: 1,665 feet (peak, 8,805)

Snow-making: 100%

Deal: Check online for carpool special days, when cars with two or more skiers get 10% off every lift ticket, at ski shop, food; same lodging discounts as Snow Summit; ticket good at both resorts (shuttle runs between).

Contact: (909) 866-5766,

Mt. Baldy

Location: 15 miles north of Ontario

Acres: 400

Lifts: 4

Vertical: 2,100 feet (peak, 8,600)

Snow-making: 35%

Deal: Buy Club Card for $129, then ski for $15/day (no blackouts); discount tickets on sale at REI, Sport Chalet and Sportmart for $35 (regular is $54 to $64).

Contact: (909) 982-0800,

Mammoth Mountain

Location: 42 miles from Bishop, Calif. (about a five-hour drive from L.A.)

Acres: 3,500

Lifts: 24

Vertical: 3,100 feet (peak, 11,053)

Snow-making: 30%

Deal: Ski-stay packages start at $99/person/night ski-stay packages until Wednesday; similar packages at $119, offered Jan. 4 to 29.

Contact: (800) 626-6684,

June Mountain

Location: 20 miles north of Mammoth

Acres: 500

Lifts: 7

Vertical: 2,590 feet (peak, 10,090)

Snow-making: N/A

Deal: Five-day lift ticket for ages 24 to 64, $219; ages 19 to 23, $199; 13 to 18, $164; ages 6 to 12 and seniors, $110.

Contact: (888) 586-3686,

Sierra Summit

Location: 65 miles northeast of Fresno

Acres: 450

Lifts: 11

Vertical: 1,679 feet (peak, 8,709)

Snow-making: 40%

Deal: Show military or college student ID, Mondays to Fridays, get $10 discount on lift ticket; parents can share one ticket, each gets half a day for just $5 more; midweek ski-stay packages at lodge start at $69 per person, based on two adults.

Contact: (559) 233-2500,

Bear Valley

Location: 50 miles east of Angels Camp on California 4

Acres: 1,280

Lifts: 11

Vertical: 1,900 feet (peak, 8,500)

Snow-making: 8%

Deal: Regular $59 lift tickets available for $47 at REI (members; $20 lifetime membership), Sports Basement, Helm Sports; at resort, extra-day tickets are $49; ski-stay packages at area lodges online.

Contact: (209) 753-2301,


Location: Lake Tahoe

Acres: 4,800

Lifts: 30

Vertical: 3,500 feet (peak, 10,067)

Snow-making: 12%

Deal: Heavenly Getaway Package from $289; online Peaks card, buy 10 tickets, get one free; $15 discount when ticket bought at Lucky or Save Mart stores.

Contact: (775) 586-7000,


Location: 90 miles east of Sacramento, 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe

Acres: 2,300

Lifts: 15

Vertical: 2,000 feet (peak, 9,800)

Snow-making: Four runs

Deal: Midweek ski-stay packages (Sundays through Wednesdays) start at $99 per person for two adults; American Express card holders get 20% off lift tickets and lodging with minimum four-night stay.

Contact: (209) 258-6000,

Alpine Meadows

Location: western side of Lake Tahoe

Acres: 2,400

Lifts: 14

Vertical: 1,802 feet (peak, 8,637)

Snow-making: 7%

Deal: Ski-stay packages start at $69 per person at Sands Regency Casino Hotel; join the Alpine Club for $10 and become eligible for $39 lift ticket specials, a four-pack of adult tickets for $219, and a 10% discount on regular lift tickets all the time.

Contact: (530) 583-4232,

Squaw Valley

Location: Lake Tahoe

Acres: 4,000

Lifts: 34

Vertical: 2,850 feet (peak, 9,050)

Snow-making: 15%

Deal: Ski-stay packages start at $108 per person per night (stay for three nights, get the fourth free); ski or ride four days, fifth lift ticket free; college students, $49 ticket, Sundays though Fridays.

Contact: (800) 403-0206,


Location: Lake Tahoe

Acres: 2,904

Lifts: 18

Vertical: 2,280 feet (peak, 8,610)

Snow-making: 12%

Deal: Double Whammy Value Pass (some blackout dates), good at Northstar and Sierra-at-Tahoe resorts, $379 (or $299, Northstar only); adult six-pack pass, six tickets, no blackout, $299 before Dec. 15.

Contact: (800) 466-6784,

Sugar Bowl

Location: Off Interstate 80, 80 miles east of Sacramento, or 50 miles west of Reno

Acres: 1,500

Lifts: 12

Vertical: 1,500 feet (peak is 8,383)

Snow-making: 25%

Deal: Buy a Core Rewards card for $19, and you (and two friends) can get $10 off regular lift ticket price of $66; groups of 20 or more get $17 discount on tickets, plus one free ticket, and on your group's third visit, discount reaches $24 off.

Contact: (530) 426-9000,

McHugh is a freelance writer.

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