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Two Big Bear ski areas now open, thanks to snow from recent storms

Two Big Bear ski areas now open, thanks to snow from recent storms
Snow coats Big Bear earlier in the year. (Big Bear mountain resorts)

Not everywhere in Southern California received half a foot of snow from Tuesday's storm (some places didn't see even a drop of rain), but the white stuff fell where it counts.

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts at Big Bear Lake received up to 6 inches -- enough to keep them open for spring skiing instead of closing for the season.

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Conditions are expected to last into this weekend and possibly to April 9-10, spokesman Tim LeRoy said via email.

An inch or two of fresh snow was predicted for Thursday as well.

If you're going Friday or this weekend, you'll find 17 of 27 trails open at Bear Mountain and 14 of 29 trails open at Snow Summit. A total of nine lifts are running at both resorts.

Late-season snow came too late for some ski areas in Southern California, but not for Snow Summit at Big Bear Lake.
Late-season snow came too late for some ski areas in Southern California, but not for Snow Summit at Big Bear Lake. (Big Bear Mountain Resorts)

And there's music scheduled. DJ Slipmatt is set to perform 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bear Mountain. You can dress up and compete in a pond skim contest Sunday too.

It's been an up-and-down year for local resorts, with bouts of 90-degree weather in February and El Niño not really delivering on the anticipated big snow.

Mountain High in the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood has already closed for the season, and Mt. Baldy, which closed earlier this month, noted on its website that the latest snow comes "a bit late and not enough to amount to anything."

Farther north, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes plans to stay open through Memorial Day and possibly longer, depending on conditions. It has received 342 inches of snow at the main lodge so far this season.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe north of Lake Tahoe announced Monday that it plans to stay open daily until April 24 and then Thursdays through Sundays until May 8. The resort, with a base elevation of more than 8,200 feet, received up to 371 inches of snow this season.

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