October 24, 2011 |
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?"
April 1, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 2010 |
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.
November 11, 2010 |
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.
August 23, 2010 |
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.
November 25, 2003 |
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.