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Mountain High reopens after Southern California storms blanket snow resorts

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Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs had received almost 2 feet of new snow by late Thursday.
(Snow Valley Mountain Resort)

Mother Nature has been good to Southern California snow resorts, which reveled in a new blanket of snow this week.

Mountain High in Wrightwood reopened Friday morning after a snow dump that brought more than 3 feet closed it down Thursday. Highs Friday were expected to be 33, and lows about 25.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs also got a great Christmas gift: 18 to 22 inches of snow through Friday morning.

Skiers, boarders and sledders can revel in the white stuff from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. starting today, and the resort will also have night sessions Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 1-4.

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Big Bear Mountain at Big Bear Lake (Bear Mountain and Snow Summit) received as much as 24 inches this week, its website reported Friday morning.

On Friday, Mt. Baldy Ski resort was offering 20% off tubing packages, although availability was restricted. Scenic chairlift ride tickets were discounted 20% if bought online, clocking in at $32 beginning Saturday through Jan. 1 and dropping to $24 Jan. 2-5.

If you plan to go, check opening hours and road conditions before you hit the road. Chain restrictions are in effect. Vehicles must have chains unless they are four-wheel drives, which must snow tires on all four wheels.

Go to Caltrans’ website to find out conditions on individual roadways or call (800) 427-7623

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Meanwhile, Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra received 2 more inches of snow, bringing its totals to a little more than 10 feet at the main lodge. Snow continued to fall Thursday morning, and temperatures were in the teens and winds were brisk.

The storm that lashed Southern California created havoc across the region. The 5 Freeway’s Grapevine was closed because of snow, and trees and flooded roads made travel difficult and hazardous in some places in the Los Angeles area,


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