Mountain High and Mt. Baldy reopen, snow leaves more than 4 feet at Mammoth

The wet storm that brought rain and winds to Southern California ski resorts brought almost 3 feet of snow, and counting, to Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.
(Peter Morning / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area)

Mountain High in Wrightwood and Mt. Baldy ski resorts reopened Friday after earlier storms brought both rain and high winds.

Sierra resorts and national parks also dealt with the impact of the large storm. Mammoth had 4 feet of new snow, but at Yosemite National Park, the storm led to the closure of some roads , the park’s website said. Some areas of the park are closed because of the partial government shutdown.

Yosemite is expecting milder and calmer weather Friday and Saturday, but rain is expected on Sunday as temperatures reach the upper 40s and low 50s.

In Southern California, Mountain High and Mt. Baldy cited “extreme weather” for the temporary closure Thursday.


Running Springs opened at 9 a.m. Thursday but put its upper mountain lift operations on hold because of the wind, a post on its Facebook page said.

Snow Valley in Running Springs is open. Highs are expected in the 40s today and in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday.

Bear Mountain’s web page boasted Friday that it was “100% open” with “the best conditions in Southern California.” Snow Summit also was open Friday with highs expected in the upper 30s on Friday.

The forecast calls for warmer temperatures with highs in the mid-40s and even into the 50s at local ski resorts.