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SPORTS
November 1, 2003 | Pete Thomas
At midweek, it seemed like summer in the small mountain community of Wrightwood. On Friday at 10 a.m., the temperature was 30 degrees. With such a drastic change, Mountain High fired up its snow-making equipment and began preparing for a possible Sunday opener at its West Resort. "Sunday may be on the early side, but Monday for sure," resort spokesman John McColly said, adding that Upper and Lower Chisolm, and Cruiser would be the first trails opened.
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NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
Mountain High , Southern California's closest winter resort, is now offering skiers and snowboarders its adult Anytime Season Pass -- good for the remainder of this season and all of next -- for just $299. That's a savings of 57% over a traditional single-year pass. And it pays for itself in just five visits. Better yet, anyone who renews his or her existing 2012/13 season pass by March 10 will receive a free buddy ticket worth $69. Mountain High's Anytime Season Pass is good any day or night the resort is open with no restrictions.    Other benefits include free skiing at Stevens Pass in Washington state, China Peak and Sierra at Tahoe , free tubing at Mountain High's North Pole Tubing Park, $10 off adult ski/snowboard lessons, 10% off non-sale retail apparel, monthly discounts for family and friends, early “ups” on select days and the ability to track your days ridden, runs per day and vertical feet.
NEWS
August 29, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
Ski season is only a few months away, so Mountain High, Southern California's closest winter resort, will celebrate with its annual season-pass kickoff party on Saturday at Fiesta Village in Colton at 1405 E. Washington St.    The festivities - all free to new and current season-pass holders - include rounds of miniature golf, go-kart rides, water slides and laser tag. There are free batting cages, amusement rides, a skate competition, a...
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
Mountain High , which has been closed since Nov. 27, is hoping to reopen this weekend. "The forecast is for a cold and powerful storm to hit Southern California,” said spokeswoman Kim Herman. “With temperatures in the 20s, we should be able to make tons of snow on top of the six to 10 inches of natural snow that should be falling.” She said the Wrightwood resort, which has the closest skiing and snowboarding to Los Angeles, could reopen as early as Friday. Ben Smith, Mountain High's general manager, said the resort has been waiting for a change in the weather.
NEWS
December 21, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The big tubing park is open at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, about 90 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for children 36 to 42 inches tall are $15 with a paying adult. Prices for everyone over 42 inches tall are $20 for two hours and $35 for a full-day. Note that children under 36 inches tall are not permitted for safety reasons. For info, click here . . . . .   Rental car reservations are up 11% over last Christmas, reports Enterprise Holdings, which includes Alamo Rent A Car , Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental . . . . Sonoma Valley's Saddles Restaurant hosts the Martini Madness event, where visitors and locals watch master martini makers in action and vote for the best mixed martini. Tickets, $40. Click here for more info . . . . Commercially guided ice climbing debuts  in Shoshone National Forest outside of Cody, Wyo. this winter.
NEWS
November 11, 2010 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Let the ski season begin! Mountain High Resort  in Wrightwood opened Thursday with an 8- to 12-inch base over selected runs, making it the first major Southern California resort to christen the ski season . Credit the cool weather and expanded snowmaking for the early start, which is typical for Mountain High. As of Thursday, the Blue Ridge Express lift was operating to the intermediate terrains of Upper Chisolm, Lower Chisolm and Cruiser. More lifts are expected to open Friday, including the popular Coyote lift to Sunnyside and Easy Street.
NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It’s last call at Mountain High , Southern California’s only clothing-optional resort (see photo). Well, what did you expect from spring skiing? Note that this is the resort’s last week, and this popular destination for local boarders is tossing out some interesting incentives. (OK, quit looking at the photo.) The Wrightwood resort is offering adult tickets for $40 and children’s tickets (ages 7-12) for just $25.  Here’s another deal that’s tough to top: Mountain High is accepting season passes from Bear Mountain, Snow Summit and even Mammoth Mountain this week.
NEWS
October 24, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The hottest new features for Mountain High's terrain park this winter will be ripped from the streets of L.A. The Wrightwood ski resort spent $9,000 to make a replica of the handrails outside the landmark Disney Concert Hall so boarders can do something they've never been able to do: shred them (as in tear up the terrain on a snowboard). The resort's version features a 48-foot jump over 38 stairs with 12 feet between the rails. "So many of our customers come from L.A., why not bring some of that to the mountain?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993
"This is the best day the Santa Monicas have had in a decade," said one Los Angeles city councilman Tuesday following the vote by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to release $29 million in voter-approved funds for acquisition and improvement of mountain parkland. His assessment indeed seems apt.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 1988 | KENNETH HERMAN
San Diego Symphony principal cellist Eric Kim has his own definition of a Rocky Mountain high. Over the first weekend of December, Eric and his older brother, Benny Kim, played the Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Sixten Ehrling. "We received standing ovations for two of the three performances," said Eric Kim after a San Diego Symphony rehearsal last week, "and that's not a typical reaction for a Denver audience."
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