Snow Valley has 36 inches of powder you couldn’t touch. Now you can

The quiet slopes at Snow Valley on Friday. The resort has reopened, thanks to road repairs.
(Snow Valley)

Snow Valley has been sitting on a the equivalent of gold: 3 feet of untouched snow. Now that storm-damaged Highway 18 leading to the ski area has reopened, skiers and snowboarders will be able to take advantage of the bounty.

Snow Valley in Running Springs plans to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Depending on temperatures, the ski area may get rain or more snow this week as a new storm moves in. Rain and snow are in the forecast.

Storms damaged Highway 18, cutting off Snow Valley. Repairs and removal of debris paved the way for traffic to the resort.

The highway had been closed since Feb. 14 because a section of the road was washed out and had to be repaired. Crews on Thursday poured concrete to bring a 100-foot stretch of the road up to the level of the existing highway. Asphalt was laid Friday to complete the job.

The road reopening also makes it easier to get to Bear Mountain and Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake, which report a base depth of 44 to 60 inches.

The end-of-week storm brought 19 to 25 inches of new snow to Mammoth Mountain, bringing the season total to 33½ feet. The resort expecting more snow today. A new storm is expected Tuesday.