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April 1, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If you’re into tricky maneuvers and soft landings, give Mountain High  a try this weekend. The Wrightwood ski resort , about 90 minutes from Los Angeles, is testing out a giant air bag in its terrain park, with hopes of purchasing one next season. Jumps using the air bag cost extra: $5 for two jumps, $10 for five jumps, $25 for 15 jumps. You can split the jumps across both weekend days. For instance, if you bought five jumps, you could use two Saturday and the remaining three Sunday.
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December 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White will lead a sparkling cider and s'mores toast to Northstar California ski resort at its 40th Birthday Bash on Saturday. The all-day event at the Lake Tahoe area resort starts at 7:30 a.m. with first tracks skiing and breakfast ($80 per person) and continues with snowshoe races at 11:30 a.m. ($20 to $40 per person) and live bands throughout the day. Folks can gather at 3 p.m. at Northstar Village to catch the toast and some entertainment for free.
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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?"
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
North Lake Tahoe resorts were busy this summer and fall building new lifts, increasing snowmaking capacity and adding other amenities. Northstar is celebrating its 40th anniversary this winter by adding more glade skiing on the Backside, a new Burton Riglet Park that introduces snowboarding to 3- to 6-year-olds, and EpicMix Racing that lets participants compare their times against those of Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn ....
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December 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White will lead a sparkling cider and s'mores toast to Northstar California ski resort at its 40th Birthday Bash on Saturday. The all-day event at the Lake Tahoe area resort starts at 7:30 a.m. with first tracks skiing and breakfast ($80 per person) and continues with snowshoe races at 11:30 a.m. ($20 to $40 per person) and live bands throughout the day. Folks can gather at 3 p.m. at Northstar Village to catch the toast and some entertainment for free.
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
December 8, 2010 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Deputy Travel Editor
Looking for a ski resort that’s a little different, but still a car ride away? Check out Brian Head Resort, up Interstate 15, between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. It's an off-the-radar place that's eager to find a bigger Southern California audience. And this may be its year, with the resort enjoying sensational early snowfall. With 80 inches on the ground, and 23 inches of fresh Utah powder, Brian Head opened its 65 runs and nine lifts to skiers and snowboarders over the weekend.
NEWS
November 25, 2003 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Chris CASTANEDA plunges swiftly toward the rail, pops an ollie, pivots 90 degrees as he smacks the thin steel ledge and slides 25 feet -- kkssccchhhh -- before landing -- thwop -- on a velvety layer of packed powder. An aspiring pro from Lake Arrowhead, Castaneda, 24, carves gracefully away, disappearing among dozens of young "park rats" at play on a bright weekday morning.
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
North Lake Tahoe resorts were busy this summer and fall building new lifts, increasing snowmaking capacity and adding other amenities. Northstar is celebrating its 40th anniversary this winter by adding more glade skiing on the Backside, a new Burton Riglet Park that introduces snowboarding to 3- to 6-year-olds, and EpicMix Racing that lets participants compare their times against those of Olympic medalist Lindsey Vonn ....
TRAVEL
August 23, 2010 | By Louise Tutelian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At 9 a.m. on a Friday, the parking lot of Timberline at Mt. Hood was already filling up with SUVs and 4x4s as my husband, Marc, and I pulled in. The Wy'East Day Lodge echoed with the sound of slamming lockers and clomping ski boots. Roving bands of swaggering snowboarders in baggy pants and sweatshirts, their faces burnished with goggle tans, patrolled in bunches. Just like any other day during ski season. Except it wasn't ski season; it was early summer. At nearly 6,000 feet, Timberline is nearly halfway up 11,239-foot Mt. Hood.
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?"
NEWS
April 1, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If you’re into tricky maneuvers and soft landings, give Mountain High  a try this weekend. The Wrightwood ski resort , about 90 minutes from Los Angeles, is testing out a giant air bag in its terrain park, with hopes of purchasing one next season. Jumps using the air bag cost extra: $5 for two jumps, $10 for five jumps, $25 for 15 jumps. You can split the jumps across both weekend days. For instance, if you bought five jumps, you could use two Saturday and the remaining three Sunday.
NEWS
December 8, 2010 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Deputy Travel Editor
Looking for a ski resort that’s a little different, but still a car ride away? Check out Brian Head Resort, up Interstate 15, between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. It's an off-the-radar place that's eager to find a bigger Southern California audience. And this may be its year, with the resort enjoying sensational early snowfall. With 80 inches on the ground, and 23 inches of fresh Utah powder, Brian Head opened its 65 runs and nine lifts to skiers and snowboarders over the weekend.
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.
TRAVEL
August 23, 2010 | By Louise Tutelian, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At 9 a.m. on a Friday, the parking lot of Timberline at Mt. Hood was already filling up with SUVs and 4x4s as my husband, Marc, and I pulled in. The Wy'East Day Lodge echoed with the sound of slamming lockers and clomping ski boots. Roving bands of swaggering snowboarders in baggy pants and sweatshirts, their faces burnished with goggle tans, patrolled in bunches. Just like any other day during ski season. Except it wasn't ski season; it was early summer. At nearly 6,000 feet, Timberline is nearly halfway up 11,239-foot Mt. Hood.
NEWS
November 25, 2003 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Chris CASTANEDA plunges swiftly toward the rail, pops an ollie, pivots 90 degrees as he smacks the thin steel ledge and slides 25 feet -- kkssccchhhh -- before landing -- thwop -- on a velvety layer of packed powder. An aspiring pro from Lake Arrowhead, Castaneda, 24, carves gracefully away, disappearing among dozens of young "park rats" at play on a bright weekday morning.
NEWS
November 1, 2005 | Stephen Regenold, Special to The Times
STANDING tall on skinny skis, his gloved hands gripping a short tow rope, Andy Newell careens wildly down an icy road, towed behind a swerving SUV. At the last moment, when it looks as if the SUV is going to crash, the driver peels left, Newell releases his grip and rockets off a ramp to sail high over a parked car. This oddball scene from the underground film "American Skier" accompanies video clips of Newell skiing in a half-pipe, sliding a rail and back flipping off a large jump.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
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.
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