Local resort Snow Valley remains closed; snow smacks the Sierra

MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIF. -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019: Snow blankets Highway 395 and the Eastern Sier
Snow blankets Highway 395 and the Eastern Sierra last week. More snow fell this weekend.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Snow resorts up and down California had plenty of the white stuff for Presidents Day weekend. That wasn’t the problem. Getting to them was.

Snow Valley in Running Springs was closed through the holiday weekend and may be shut longer because of damage to California 18, the highway that leads to the area. It is not possible to get to the area, the resort said Friday night.

The resort said it would refund any orders for tickets for the weekend and beyond, if necessary, that were made through its website (

Season passes may be used at Mountain High Resort, the resort said.


Mt. Baldy ski resort, which has been closed since Thursday, plans to reopen Tuesday morning with 10 inches of new snow. The road reopened Monday afternoon after repairs on Mt. Baldy Road were completed, its website said.

In Mono County, home to Mammoth Mountain and June Lake, more snow is on the way.

Mammoth has had more than 30 feet of snow this season. It has 12½ feet at the main lodge, almost 19 feet at the top. And it’s supposed to snow again Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

And it’s going to be really cold — high Thursday of 6. Are frostbite or hypothermia an issue? They could be. Know the CDC’s signs and symptoms, and make sure you dress for the super cold by wearing breathable layers.


June Mountain received a foot and also is expected to receive more snow later in the week.

were expected to be 12 on Sunday and Monday with lows near 0. It received 6 to 10 inches in the last 24 hours, its website reported. The website is calling the February snowfall the most on record. Lower lifts were expected to be open Sunday.

For road reports, call (800) 427-7623 or go to Caltrans’ site.

Sierra travelers should expect long delays and are urged to carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing in case they get stranded.

Big Bear Lake resorts, two hours from Los Angeles, reopened Friday morning after mudslides from heavy rain closed some of the access roads late Thursday. Light and moderate snow was predicted through the weekend.

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