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Epic spring break deal: For $35, SoCal college kids can surf and ski in a day

Epic spring break deal: For $35, SoCal college kids can surf and ski in a day
College-age students can sign up for Switchboard, a one-day surfing and skiing or snowboarding event. The skiing and riding takes place at Big Bear Mountain Resort, where it was snowing Wednesday. (Jared Meyer / Big Bear Mountain Resort)

College kids who want to experience the ultimate Southern California big day — surfing in the morning, skiing or snowboarding in the afternoon — can sign up for a $35 event called Switchboard on March 23.

The Red Bull-sponsored event will feature its athletes and 300 college-age men and women who can go the distance during the 12-hour blitz. The day starts at 8 a.m. for surfing in Huntington Beach or Ocean Beach in San Diego, and then on to the snow session expected to last until 8 p.m. at the Red Bull Plaza at Big Bear Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, Calif.

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Students receive shuttle pickup at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, USC, Santa Monica College and other schools, as well as point-to-point transportation during the course of the day, expected to end at 8 p.m.

The event isn’t a competition. Rather, students notch their rewards in “waves caught, miles covered and slopes ridden,” a news release said.

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