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Air bag makes for happy landings at Mountain High ski resort

April 01, 2011|By Chris Erskine | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
  • Air bag demo will last through Sunday at Mountain High.
Air bag demo will last through Sunday at Mountain High. (Chris Erskine Jr. )

If you’re into tricky maneuvers and soft landings, give Mountain High a try this weekend. The Wrightwood ski resort, about 90 minutes from Los Angeles, is testing out a giant air bag in its terrain park, with hopes of purchasing one next season.

Jumps using the air bag cost extra: $5 for two jumps, $10 for five jumps, $25 for 15 jumps. You can split the jumps across both weekend days. For instance, if you bought five jumps, you could use two Saturday and the remaining three Sunday.

"We are testing this bag and finding it is great for learning," said Justin Montoya, the resort’s terrain park manager.  "Users only have to worry about the takeoff, not the landing."

The air bag is 50 feet by 40 feet.  The demo is part of Mountain High’s spring break festivities, which are in their final days. Dubbed "Spring-A-Ma-Jig," the fest ends this weekend with live music, pond skimming and a bikini contest.

The details: As with a bounce house, air constantly flows through  the air bag. There is a liability release, and for anyone under 18, a parent must be present to sign. A lift ticket or season pass is also required, of course. Sign-ups are at the landing pad just above the snow park at the base of Mountain High West. Full-day adult tickets are $55.

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