Big Bear received 5 to 6 inches of fresh snow overnight Thursday -- frosting on the cake after a very generous season for local skiers and boarders. Be aware that this will be Bear Mountain’s last weekend, but sister resort Snow Summit is staying open indefinitely. All season passes, including Bear-only season passes, will be valid at Snow Summit beginning Monday. (909) 866-5766; all-day adult tickets start at $56.
On its final weekend, Bear Mountain will welcome 250 college students taking part in a surf and ski day. The event, sponsored by (who else?) Red Bull, will see the students start off at different spots on the coast – La Jolla Shores in San Diego, the Cliffs in Huntington and First Point in Malibu – before heading to the mountain in the afternoon. DJ’s, snow volleyball and pond skimming will be part of the activities.
Elsewhere, Mountain High in Wrightwood received 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow Thursday night, adding to a 24- to 36- inch base. More snow was expected Friday. Officials there say roads are open and clear, with no chains required. The resort is expected to stay open two more weeks; (888) 754-7878; all-day adult passes start at $55.
Mt. Baldy was open Friday, with 3 to 4 inches of new snow on an 18- to 36- inch base. Roads were passable late Friday morning, but resort operators were suggesting that travelers bring chains just in case. Snow levels had reached to the village, below the resort itself; (909) 982-0800; full-day adult tickets start at $44.