Tornado in Southern California

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 20, 2010 12:16 pm

WTF? Forgive the lack of eloquence, but seriously, wtf? Yesterday there was a tornado in Southern California. The twister hit Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and it landed down in Sunset Beach, lifting boats out of the water and onto shore. Winds soared at 80mph. Not significant wind-speed when it comes to twisters, but a rare event indeed for the folks in SoCal; beach bums and  bunnies hardly expect to look out their windows and see a cone of wind coming to carry them off to Oz.

So how are California ski areas being affected by these intense storms? High winds have forced the Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood to close. There have been 8 to 12 inches of snow there already today with another 1 to 2 feet possibly falling by tomorrow. The West resort will re-open tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM, the East resort will re-open on Friday and the North resort will open on Saturday.

Other California ski areas, like Mammoth Mountain and Lake Tahoe areas have been pounded with powder, and as long as you can get there (roads are questionable), you can enjoy the dumping. Remember, you can look up all the information any ski resort has to offer (and rate it) with The Ski Channel’s brand new Resort Rater. Click here to try it out!