CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2010 |
Besides heavy flooding and mudslides, the recent storms that soaked and rattled Southern California also brought a gift for some businesses ? snow. Lots of it. That means skiers and snowboarders are hitting the slopes again. And ski resorts are rejoicing. "We've seen a big lift in traffic after the storms hit," said Chris Riddle, marketing manager of the Big Bear Mountain Resorts, which has seen attendance surge since the storms hit. "It's been great for business. " Stormy weather reminds people that it's the time of year to strap on a snowboard or a pair of skis, Riddle said.
November 27, 2010 |
For Larry Davis, gray skies and low-hanging clouds are reasons to smile: They mean the ski season is here. A late November storm dumped several feet of snow on high-elevation resorts in the Eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe and dusted lower-elevation resorts in Southern California with several inches of powder. Davis, a stock trader from Santa Clarita, made it up to Mammoth Mountain for opening day Nov. 11, declaring it the best he had seen in years. "The runs at the top were open.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2001 |
A Thanksgiving Day storm snarled traffic over the Sierra, but brought smiles to the faces of ski resort operators, who hope to open this holiday weekend. About six inches of snow made chains mandatory for motorists on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit early Thursday. Chains or snow tires were required on U.S. 50 over Echo Summit west of Meyers, Calif., and on most other Sierra roads.
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November 23, 1998 |
Starting this season, National Ski Patrol volunteers will traverse wooded areas surrounding three local ski resorts in search of lost skiers and snowboarders and car accident victims, said National Forest Service Ranger Terry Ellis. Sixteen ski patrol volunteers will serve Mt. Waterman, Snow Crest and Buck Horn ski resorts, he said, and will be easily identified by black jackets with a white cross on the back.
December 9, 2003 |
Choosing an environmentally friendly ski resort got more complicated last week after a coalition of environmental organizations released its annual Ski Area Environmental Scorecard. The Ski Area Citizens' Coalition, a collection of 24 groups, evaluated the environmental and development activities of 76 U.S. ski resorts since 2000. The average grade for Western ski resorts, a middling C+, is higher than in prior years.
December 21, 1986 |
Flurries whitened some Southern California mountain areas Saturday but not enough snow accumulated for most ski resorts to open. In Big Bear, Snow Mountain reported that although there had been about three inches of snow overnight, the resort would not open until Christmas at the earliest. The Snow Summit resort nearby has been open for about three weeks, spokesman Greg Ralph said, and was running half of its 10 ski lifts Saturday.
January 23, 1989 |
After two winters of skimpy storms and warm temperatures, ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada are celebrating heavy snow and hordes of returning skiers. From Mammoth Mountain north to Donner Pass, ski resort operators say the slopes and cross-country trails are covered by a snow pack 8 to 10 feet deep. In Yosemite Valley--where temperatures are usually warmer and snow melts quickly--rangers report 18 inches. "It's beautiful," said Yosemite National Park Supt. Jack Morehead.
December 30, 2011 |
Months ago, Santa Monica filmmaker Francis De La Torre and his wife booked a vacation home in Lake Tahoe over Christmas week. They were looking forward to days of skiing and snowboarding in fresh, plush powder -- conditions they can't count on closer to home. But all they found when they arrived were slushy bunny slopes with artificial snow in patches of shade. By their first afternoon, they had shed their wool sweaters because it was too warm, left the slopes and headed for the area's beaches, hiking trails and casinos.
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.
November 4, 2001
Ski resorts are gearing up for the 2001-02 season with new lodges, lifts and other improvements. A roundup of some of the projects in the western U.S.: * Colorado: Telluride will nearly double its lift-accessible area on Dec. 20 when it opens the 733-acre Prospect Bowl, served by three high-speed lifts and providing runs for novices through experts. (800) 854-3062, http://www.tellurideskihttp://.com.