March 19, 2012 |
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.
February 24, 2012 |
It's February and the weather outside is frightful - for ski resorts. With unseasonably toasty temperatures in parts of the Southland, skiers and snowboarders who would normally head for the slopes at this time of year are instead visiting the beach. "It's hard to think about skiing when it's like 80 degrees in town," said Wendy Brennan, an avid skier who helps organize two ski clubs based in Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. "It's particularly hard to get people away from the beach and up to the mountains.
February 15, 2012 |
I'm not sure if "leapling" is really a word, but if you are one - someone born on leap day -- you may stay free at Mammoth Mountain ski resort on Feb. 29. There's finally snow, too (about a foot from a recent storm, as of Tuesday) at the resort that got off to a snowless start in December and January. The deal: Leap Year Babies Stay Free offers a choice of one free night (with a second person) at Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge, Tamarack Lodge or Mammoth Mountain Inn on their birthday.
January 25, 2012 |
Snow-starved ski resorts in California and elsewhere in the West were doing a happy dance Tuesday after weekend storms brought the first real snow of the winter to eager skiers and boarders who have been waiting out a drier-than-usual December and January. Mammoth Mountain opened all of its 28 lifts and 150 trails Tuesday with a 3-to-5-foot base and 57 inches of total snowfall from the storm that began Friday, according to the resort's website. In December, Mammoth had received just 2 inches of natural snow and was making snow to open limited terrain.
January 19, 2012 |
"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.
January 15, 2012 |
Ski resorts - and their patrons - from the Sierra to the Rockies are cursing La Niña. Up in western Canada, however, they're singing its praises. This weather phenomenon, and a resulting high-pressure ridge in the eastern Pacific, is being blamed for pushing the moisture-bearing jet stream north. That's bad news for mountain ranges from California to Colorado but good news for the western Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. At Whistler Blackcomb, in British Columbia, more than 17 feet has fallen.
January 9, 2012 |
Last year, big snow allowed Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite National Park to open ahead of schedule on Dec. 4. This year, things couldn't be more different. Not only did the ski area miss its Dec. 16 planned opening, it's still snow-free -- with no opening date in sight. Yosemite visitors are lacing up their hiking boots instead of snapping on skis during the unusually warm weather expected to last at least through this week. Bike stands and stables will reopen for those who want to indulge themselves in the summer-in-winter activities.
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.
December 11, 2011 |
The first rule of skiing: There are no friends on a powder day. Technology has infiltrated every corner of our lives, but really, the idea of tweeting my snow stashes is sacrilege. In the spirit of keeping up with the technology, however, I set aside my skepticism/cynicism/self-interest to see whether anything could improve on what is already, for me, a great experience. And, at Vail Resorts, maybe even a picture-perfect one. Back in the day, pushy photographers made money by photographing skiers against mountain backdrops.