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December 27, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Ski resorts across the West are enjoying a flurry of winter storms, bolstering hopes for a blizzard of customers for resort operators and snow sport retailers. The recent winter bounty comes after a disastrous 2011-12 season, when snowfall across the country hit a 20-year low. "It's a very positive trend at this point," said Bob Roberts, president of the California Ski Industry Assn., a trade group for the state's 29 resorts. "To get early snow for the holidays is good news. " Ski resorts around Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe reported that 16 to 19 inches of snow fell from Christmas Day to Wednesday morning, with more expected later in the week.
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April 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What will Apple name the next version of OS X? We may have the answer, and we approve. The tech giant is keeping a lid on the name of the next operating system, expected to be announced in June, but trademark filings discovered this week and revealed on multiple news sites may include it. Apple is continuing a theme, begun with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, that's hard to beat: California. For more than a decade, the Cupertino, Calif., tech giant named its Mac computer software after big cats, including Cheetah and Mountain Lion.
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March 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Ski resorts from Southern California to Lake Tahoe are crowing over the latest series of storms that brought much-needed snow to a dry season in which they've been playing catch-up all winter. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake received 24 to 27 inches of snow as of Sunday afternoon. Snow-making machines were turned off as the storm blew through the mountains. (Roads are open but chains are required on Highways 38, 18 and 330 that lead to the resorts.) The storm also dumped 18 to 22 inches of powder at Mountain High in Wrightwood where the East and West resorts opened Sunday.
TRAVEL
March 7, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
DEER VALLEY, Utah - Carving turns through light, puffy powder at just one of the resorts in Utah's Wasatch Range is plenty to write home about for most skiers. But to ski six of the state's premier areas in one day - linked by way of the backcountry - is a true coup, especially when the sky is a cloudless deep blue and untouched snow lines the bowls. You don't have to be an experienced mountaineer to pull this off. Schussers can navigate the route on a guided tour on the Interconnect, which starts at Deer Valley and weaves through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton and Alta - with dips out of bounds - before finishing at Snowbird.
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January 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  "Welcome Home Winter!" the banner on Mammoth Mountain's website said Wednesday. Mind you, snow hadn't yet starting falling at the California ski resort, but just the hint of powder on the way was reason enough to make the declaration. California ski resorts are counting on getting a boost from storm systems that dropped snow in Seattle and Portland, Ore., this week, causing flights to be canceled and prompting airlines to waive fees for passengers who need to change travel plans because of the weather.
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November 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Southern California didn't get a big Thanksgiving storm, but that didn't stop area ski resorts from opening for those craving early powder. Mammoth and Lake Tahoe areas are open too. But this early in the season, it's always best to check conditions online before you head out. All-day tickets at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit sold out Friday, but skiers and riders can make reservations  online for Saturday ($49 for adults for an all-day lift...
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September 28, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
Utah's ski resorts, most of which are only a couple of hours away from LAX , have added a number of improvements for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. They range from new lifts to remodeled restaurants to new programs for boarders and schussers of all ages. Deer Valley , just down the road from Park City, spent nearly $8 million to replace the Deer Crest chairlift on Little Baldy Mountain with a high-speed detachable quad lift to be named Mountaineer Express chairlift.
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March 22, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
California ski resorts are offering thanks to the snow gods for the best late-season conditions in years. If you were ever going to play ski or snowboard hooky, this is your week. Mt. Baldy , to my mind the best and most convenient Southern California ski resort, has three feet of new snow. Roads were clearing early Tuesday and were expected to be drivable by afternoon. All runs were open on a mountain offering stunning views. With gas at around $4 a gallon, the easy access (off the 210 about an hour from downtown)
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November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Snow levels dropped across the Southland on Friday, transforming some the higher elevations into a winter wonderland. Weather officials on Friday said they've had reports of snow as low as 3,800 feet and are expecting the snow level to drop even lower.  "We've had reports of 3 to 4 inches at elevations above 5,000 feet and we've also had a report of snow as low as 3,800 feet as early as 7:30 a.m. this morning," said meteorologist Scott Sukup...
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November 4, 2003
Southern California's ski and snowboard resorts escaped fire damage, but near Big Bear Lake, mandatory evacuations, road closures and power outages hindered preparations for the approaching snow season. In fact, when wintry weather arrived late last week, resort operators at Snow Valley, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain had no personnel to fire up their snow-making equipment until Sunday. "Despite not having electricity from Edison, our [backup] power generation plant has allowed us to begin snow-making," Kevin Somes, spokesman for Snow Valley in Running Springs, said Sunday.
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February 12, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
Winter has returned to the eastern Sierra. Or, in the case of Lake Tahoe, has finally arrived, just in time for the Presidents Day weekend and the start of the second half of the ski and snowboard season.   John Monson, a spokesman at Sugar Bowl on the northwest rim of Lake Tahoe, said his resort received a whopping 61 inches of snow - that's more than 5 feet - on its highest peaks, greatly improving conditions and allowing the resort to open additional terrain, lifts and trails.
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February 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín and Louis Sahagun
While the East Coast braces for another series of frigid storms, California ski resort operators are cursing Mother Nature for a winter of unseasonably warm temperatures and persistent blue skies. California's driest year on record has dropped snowpack levels to about 15% of the season average and reduced skier visitation numbers as much as 45%, compared with last year. To draw skiers and snowboarders to the slopes, some resorts are offering two-for-one ticket deals and $1 beers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
When people talk of "main street" in their coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, it's not a metaphor, as the small ski-resort town really does have a main thoroughfare that is central to much of the action. It's also the most obvious example of the tension between the growing glitz and the small-town quaintness that is part of the fabric of the event. As the film festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, these photos are a reminder of how truly intimate the event once was - and also how exciting the meetings it creates can be, bringing together critic Roger Ebert with provocateur Michael Moore, or maverick filmmakers such as John Sayles and Robert Altman.
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January 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Don't know how to ski but want to learn? You're in luck. January is Learn a Snowsport Month, and some California ski resorts are toasting first-timers with lessons for as low as $49. Here are five worth checking out. Alpine Meadows in Tahoe City: The "Learn to Ski & Ride Special" costs $49 for adults and children at least 8 years old. It includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-and-a-half hour lesson. Discounted lessons are offered Tuesdays through Thursdays only through the end of January.
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December 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If snow tops your New Year's Eve wish list, head out to one of California's ski resorts. There's no guarantee it'll be snowing Tuesday at Bear Mountain, the Lake Tahoe resorts or Mammoth Mountain, but there should be enough white stuff on the ground to make for a cool welcome to 2014. Snow Summit/Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake: The Torchlight Parade ignites a man-made mountain glow as a few hundred resort workers carry torch lights while skiing and snowboarding down the slopes.
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November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Snow levels dropped across the Southland on Friday, transforming some the higher elevations into a winter wonderland. Weather officials on Friday said they've had reports of snow as low as 3,800 feet and are expecting the snow level to drop even lower.  "We've had reports of 3 to 4 inches at elevations above 5,000 feet and we've also had a report of snow as low as 3,800 feet as early as 7:30 a.m. this morning," said meteorologist Scott Sukup...
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October 25, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Early season snow and the forecast of more on the way is making some California ski resorts a bit giddy. Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe announced plans to open for four hours Thursday (today), ahead of its official opening next month, and Boreal Mountain Resort near Truckee plans to open for the season on Friday. Squaw Valley, which received 3 feet of snow in storms over the last few days, will operate its Searchlight chair lift from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $20 per lift ticket; pass-holders are asked to make a $10 donation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
Skiers, snowboarders and others seeking a day of recreation on Southern California's snow-packed mountains ran into a mountain of delay as traffic, flooding and mudflows blocked just about every route to resorts. The Angeles Crest Highway north of La Cañada Flintridge remained closed Sunday because of mudflows and unsafe conditions from the week's storms, the California Highway Patrol reported. Meanwhile, a stretch of Highway 138 near Wrightwood was closed because of flooding, and more than 100 stranded cars blocked a section of Route 330 near Running Springs.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
With a flurry of late season snow, the sale of snow sports equipment and clothing rebounded slightly last winter compared with the abysmal season the previous year. The sale of ski and snowboarding equipment and clothing reached $3.4 billion in the 2012-13 season, up 3% compared with the previous season, according to the latest report from the SnowSports Industry Assn., a trade group for ski, snowboard and apparel retailers and manufacturers. The numbers represent a slight improvement from the 2011-12 season when participation in snow sports dropped 6% over the previous year because of extremely limited snowfall.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
The Hyatt Mountain Collection -- which features three of the Hyatt brand's top mountain resorts and lodges in Lake Tahoe, Utah and Colorado -- is offering avid skiing and boarding guests a snowy deal this winter.  When schussers book a three-night stay (nine nights' total) at each of  three properties in the collection - - Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Colorado, Hyatt Escala Lodge at the Canyons outside Park City and the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino -- they will receive a complimentary Vail Resorts' Epic pass for the 2014-2015 winter season.
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