Mountain High Tuesdays
Inspired by the U.S. ski and snowboard teams kicking world butt in Vancouver? And more importantly, got a free Tuesday and a buddy? I answered yes to those questions and last Tuesday morning headed to Mountain High Ski Resort near Wrightwood, where for $27.50 I skied at the East Resort for three hours before heading to work. It was a bluebird day, there was plenty of snow -- thank you, El Niño -- and it was in great shape, even with the 50-degree air temperature.
Mountain High Express gets you to the 8,200-foot peak super-quick, good for multiple runs down the Sundance and Wildcard runs (right). The variety of terrain here won’t bowl you over, but these are fun trails.
In fact, conditions here are better than at Grouse Mountain, the Olympic freestyle skiing and boarding venue. Let’s look at some numbers: the elevation of the freestyle moguls start at Grouse: 3,353 feet. Mountain High’s East Resort base: 6,600 feet. There's a 48- to 60- inch base of packed powder at East, with a nice cushion added from Sunday's mini-storm. When it rains here in L.A., that’s snow at Mountain High, not rain, as on those low-slung Coast Range runs. Hmmm ... maybe the Angeles National Forest would have been a better site for the Winter Olympics?
rollers pictured at left on Sundance will give any aspiring aerialists a
run for their money.
Here are the particulars on Mountain High’s Twofer Tuesdays: from now until March 30, two people can ski for the price of a $55 full-day adult lift ticket.
Considering a 4-hour ticket is $50, that’s quite a deal. You have to do a bit of planning though: the ticket must be bought online at Mountain High's website, not at the resort.
-- Julie Sheer
Photos credits: Julie Sheer