From rain to SNOW resorts reopen

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 23, 2010 12:10 pm


Many ski resorts were forced to close earlier this week due to heavy rains.

But that rain finally turned to snow at higher elevations, with the resorts back open and covered in one to two feet of fresh powder for the holidays.

Mountain High resort in Wrightwood sold out Thursday morning, after being closed four days due to the weather. There were no road restrictions to get to Mountain High as of Thursday, with the entire West Resort open and plans to open the East and North resorts in the next few days.

Snow Summit in Big Bear closed down Tuesday due to the rains, while its neighboring resort Bear Mountain stayed open. Snow Summit was back in business Thursday with nearly 100 percent of its terrain available.

“We’re looking forward to a white Christmas and wonderful holiday weekend,” said Chris Riddle, director of marketing for Bear Mountain Resorts.

Heavy rain, rock and mudslides closed the front road into Big Bear, Highway 330/18 through Running Springs. However, Highway 38 through Redlands was open Thursday with chains required and Highway 18 through Lucerne Valley was open with no chains required, though chains were still needed to get around the mountain town.


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