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.
Conditions are expected to last into this weekend and possibly to April 9-10, spokesman Tim LeRoy said via email.
Snow fell March 29 at Big Bear Lake, bringing as much as 6 inches to local ski resorts.(Big Bear Mountain Resorts)
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)
A heron perches on the edge of water and snow after a March 29 storm at Big Bear Lake.(Big Bear mountain resorts)
One of the features in the terrain park at Bear Mountain after a March 30 snowstorm.(Big Bear Mountain Resorts)
Big Bear Lake could get additional late-season snow, according to weather forecasters.(Big Bear mountain resorts)
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.
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.
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.