February 8, 2013 |
Despite a massive manhunt for an alleged cop killer, tourism officials are making clear that the town of Big Bear Lake and its two nearby ski resorts are open for business. More than 100 officers, many in tactical gear and armed with automatic weapons, were executing door-to-door searches around the town of Big Bear in search of former LAPD Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is suspected in three murders. Bear Mountain ski resort closed early Thursday afternoon in response to the manhunt but on Friday the mountain and its neighboring resort, Snow Summit, opened as usual Friday.
February 8, 2013 |
A massive manhunt in the Big Bear area for a former police officer suspected of killing three people is scaring off some visitors to nearby ski slopes just as resort operators were counting on fresh powder to help them rebound from an abysmal snow season last year. More than 100 officers, many in tactical gear and carrying automatic weapons, continued the search Friday in the San Bernardino Mountains for former Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner. The Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts opened as usual Friday morning after the manhunt forced the early closure of Bear Mountain on Thursday afternoon.
January 24, 2013 |
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Vail, Colo., is offering deep discounts on rooms this spring for a two-night stay. The ski-in ski-out hotel takes up to 60% off room rates, which could be a good deal for those still planning their spring break. The deal: Spring on Sale rates require a two-night stay at the hotel. Use the code "vcspring1" when making a reservation online or by phone. When: The sale is good through Jan. 31 for stays Feb. 24 to April 13. Tested: I checked online and found some of the discounted rooms a bit more than the promised 60% off. I found availability for a midweek rate Feb. 25-27 for a room with a king- or two queen-sized beds for $169 a night plus tax (instead of the published $459 a night)
January 23, 2013 |
Club Med has launched a sale on weeklong stays through August that's good at more than 60 all-inclusive resorts worldwide. Lounge on a beach in the Caribbean, go skiing in Italy or unwind at Phuket, Thailand, with this offer that's available for a limited time . The deal: The World Is on Sale starts at $799 per person for seven days at resorts in North America and the Caribbean. The sale also takes up to 10% off resorts in Europe and the Mediterranean; up to 30% off ski resorts in Italy, France and Switzerland; and 20% off Asian and South American resorts.
January 14, 2013 |
Once the hottest craze in snow sports, snowboarding is cooling down, as many riders are switching to skis that are easier to ride. Join us for a live video chat at 3:30 p.m. on the shift in snow sports trends. Los Angeles Times travel industry writer Hugo Martin will talk about skiing, snowboarding and the trends on the slopes with Josh Holm, who manages a ski rental shop at Squaw Valley ski resort. Have you switched from snowboarding to skiing? Or vice versa? Join in on the conversation by leaving your comments below.
January 12, 2013 |
At the height of the nation's snowboard craze, Rod Rice was a so-called blazin' raisin - an older dude who loved to bomb the slopes at breakneck speeds. That is, until he wiped out and dislocated his shoulder on a trip to Canada. The 65-year-old engineer still loves to carve fresh powder, but now he does it on a pair of extra-wide skis. "I'm not planning on going back to snowboarding," said the Lakewood grandfather. Once the king of the mountain, snowboarding is on the down slope.
January 7, 2013 |
Skiers and snowboarders receive an all-in-one price when reserving a room at Sundance Resort this winter and spring. The ski resort southeast of Salt Lake City includes lift tickets with your room for each night you stay. The deal: Stay at Sundance and Ski Free features two lift tickets for skiing or snowboarding at the resort. For the uninitiated, Sundance is small and out-of-the-way, but that's all part of the charm. Mt. Timpanogos, at 11,749 feet, is the star of the slopes and the second-highest peak in the Wasatch Range.
December 27, 2012 |
Hey, ho. A few days before Christmas, chef Mark Estee of Campo Reno opened a sister restaurant in the Village at Mammoth called -- ta dum -- Campo Mammoth . With the restaurant's commitment to organic and seasonal ingredients and a menu built to order for ski buffs and their families, it could be a big step up for the Mammoth dining scene. A chef from Italy? No big deal for those of us who live and eat in Los Angeles, but for ski country, it's notable. That means the menu can offer handmade pasta and Neapolitan style pizza.
December 27, 2012 |
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.
December 23, 2012 |
Where is the John Muir of the San Gabriel Mountains? The Ansel Adams of the San Bernardinos? The Donner Party of the San Jacintos? All right, maybe one Donner Party was enough. But Muir, Adams and company are among the reasons the inland mountains of Southern California have never quite matched the attention won by their taller northern neighbors, the Sierra Nevada. Still, hikers, board-riders, skiers and snowball-tossers in Southern California find no shortage of peace and exhilaration.