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March 29, 1991 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A half-century ago--when the Los Angeles area was even less of a skier's paradise than it is today--Lynn Newcomb persuaded his father to erect a rope tow on a mountain in the Angeles National Forest. A book-taught skier, Newcomb intended to share the newly accessible runs with a few of his USC classmates, but word quickly spread among the public and pretty soon he was charging 10 cents to pull skiers up the hill.
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September 8, 2011 | Megan O'Neil
Lynn Newcomb Jr., a legendary mountain man credited with establishing the first ski lift in Southern California and introducing a generation of young people to the sport, died Monday in Bishop, Calif. He was 91. He had lived with Alzheimer's disease and dementia for several years, and suffered a series of seizures in recent weeks, his family said. For six decades starting in the 1940s, Newcomb was at the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains community, managing and owning Newcomb's Ranch and Mt. Waterman Ski Resort in the Angeles National Forest.
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October 9, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After half a century wrangling with snowdrifts and ski bums, 79-year-old Lynn Newcomb is winding down his days on Mt. Waterman, the ski area he helped build in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge. The resort, with vintage ski lifts and no snow-making equipment, was open just five days last winter for lack of snow. Newcomb says he is planning to sell the works to Torrance-based BRGS Inc., a partnership that lists snow-making equipment as its top priority.
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October 9, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After half a century wrangling with snowdrifts and ski bums, 79-year-old Lynn Newcomb is winding down his days on Mt. Waterman, the ski area he helped build in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge. The resort, with vintage ski lifts and no snow-making equipment, was open just five days last winter for lack of snow. Newcomb says he is planning to sell the works to Torrance-based BRGS Inc., a partnership that lists snow-making equipment as its top priority.
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September 8, 2011 | Megan O'Neil
Lynn Newcomb Jr., a legendary mountain man credited with establishing the first ski lift in Southern California and introducing a generation of young people to the sport, died Monday in Bishop, Calif. He was 91. He had lived with Alzheimer's disease and dementia for several years, and suffered a series of seizures in recent weeks, his family said. For six decades starting in the 1940s, Newcomb was at the heart of the San Gabriel Mountains community, managing and owning Newcomb's Ranch and Mt. Waterman Ski Resort in the Angeles National Forest.
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July 2, 1995 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even for Southern California it would make an unusual real estate ad: "Fixer-upper on large lot w/fab views from chairlift. Must see--esp. in summer, when 16 ft. of snow has melted. A bargain at $1 million." And did we mention historic? The Mt. Waterman Ski Resort in the Angeles National Forest is on the block after five decades of operation by the pioneer Newcomb family that settled the rugged mountain area more than a century ago.
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January 27, 1994 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Skiers are skeptics. Local ski operators swore the recent heat wave was not affecting man-made ski conditions at Big Bear, no matter that it felt like July. Last Friday, to convince the naysayers, the promotional department at Bear Mountain instructed its pitchman to hold up that day's newspaper on its live daily television spot to prove the resort wasn't using old footage. "We've had great skiing for a month," Libby Coleman, a Bear Mountain spokeswoman, said Wednesday.
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March 12, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
At Mt. Waterman ski and snowboard park, the vintage two-seater chairlifts are a bit on the rickety side, and equipment pokes through the snow near a huddle of no-frills buildings and plastic picnic tables scattered halfway up the slope. With none of the chaotic cacophony of larger resorts, the isolation is punctuated only by the soft swish of skis, the occasional darting flash of a boarder through the trees, the snow melting into the sky. And that's how the regulars like it.
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July 7, 2006 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
It was a rare Hollywood Bowl performance in 1935: Competitive ski jumpers soared over a nearby canyon slope covered with snow trucked in from the mountains. Among them was Norwegian immigrant John Elvrum, known for an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style. By 1941, he was taking a chance on a more natural ski area with the unlikely name of Fish Camp. When Elvrum bought the property in the San Bernardino Mountains, one of the first things he did was change its name to Snow Valley Ski Resort.
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May 17, 1998 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Those who called Lynn Newcomb's information line Saturday heard this recording: "It's a gorgeous day with bright sunshine. Bring your suntan oil and probably bikinis today." Newcomb doesn't manage a swimming pool or surfboard rental shop. He owns the Mt. Waterman ski lifts, and snow from Wednesday's storm--along with the news reports it generated--hit Newcomb and other Southland ski resort owners with a blizzard of callers who got them to reopen after closing for the season.
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July 2, 1995 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even for Southern California it would make an unusual real estate ad: "Fixer-upper on large lot w/fab views from chairlift. Must see--esp. in summer, when 16 ft. of snow has melted. A bargain at $1 million." And did we mention historic? The Mt. Waterman Ski Resort in the Angeles National Forest is on the block after five decades of operation by the pioneer Newcomb family that settled the rugged mountain area more than a century ago.
SPORTS
January 27, 1994 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Skiers are skeptics. Local ski operators swore the recent heat wave was not affecting man-made ski conditions at Big Bear, no matter that it felt like July. Last Friday, to convince the naysayers, the promotional department at Bear Mountain instructed its pitchman to hold up that day's newspaper on its live daily television spot to prove the resort wasn't using old footage. "We've had great skiing for a month," Libby Coleman, a Bear Mountain spokeswoman, said Wednesday.
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March 29, 1991 | JEFF MEYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A half-century ago--when the Los Angeles area was even less of a skier's paradise than it is today--Lynn Newcomb persuaded his father to erect a rope tow on a mountain in the Angeles National Forest. A book-taught skier, Newcomb intended to share the newly accessible runs with a few of his USC classmates, but word quickly spread among the public and pretty soon he was charging 10 cents to pull skiers up the hill.
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February 17, 2008 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The Mt. Waterman Ski Patrol never really went away. Although the lifts stopped running five years ago, its members stayed in touch and trained together. With the passion that unites this mountain's skiers, they kept updating their website with new photos, ready to post the news that it was reopening to skiing. Grand plans came and went. Thirty miles above La Canada Flintridge in the Angeles National Forest, the chairlifts remained frozen in place.
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March 15, 1992 | ANNE Z. COOKE, Cooke is a Venice-based free-lance writer. and
Bear Mountain. Snow Summit. Heavenly Valley. Most local ski studs have tried these California ski resorts. A far smaller number have matched wits with the black diamond runs at the little resort that's only a 45-minute drive from La Canada Flintridge: Mt. Waterman Ski Resort. But there may never be a better time. Last weekend's storm dumped seven inches of new powder on Waterman's six- to nine-foot base, and the mountain glistens like an ice cream cone waiting to be tasted. Waterman is small.
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