As warm summer beach days quickly come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about the long winter months ahead of us. Fresh powder and warm jackets are just around the corner, and Mountain High wants you to get the best deal, and be the first one on the slopes this season. As Southern California’s closest winter resort, Mountain High provides a world-class alpine experience without the grueling travel.
The San Gabriel Mountains provide a “hard to believe it’s in LA” backdrop of beautiful landscape for the ideal family day trip. Weather officials predict another El Nino season, which is likely to bring some of the best snow fall possible to southern California. As you start narrowing down your options for this year’s winter adventures, be sure to remember these 10 Reasons To Buy Your Mountain High Season Pass Now:
Mountain High is the closest snow resort to southern California skiers and riders. At just 90 minutes from Los Angeles and an hour closer than Big Bear Resorts, your road trip to the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains will be stress-free, consisting solely of freeway and highway driving, with no crazy mountain roads. It is literally just 20 minutes off the 15 Freeway. There are stories of skiers making it from Orange County to Mountain High in just over an hour!
Mountain High has the terrain for every type of skier and rider, and is uniquely situated to hold powder for days. It is not infrequent to have overhead blower days during and after a big storm. The terrain park rivals most of the biggest destination resorts in the country, and the tree skiing is as good as it gets. Mountain High also has the longest runs in the region, with a leg burning 1.6 mile run known as ‘Goldrush’. While there are not as many amazing runs as some of the destination resorts in Colorado and Utah, there are runs that truly rival those resorts right here in So Cal! Their giant snowmaking system covers 80% of the mountain every night possible, ensuring great conditions throughout the season.
3. Night Skiing
For those with a less flexible schedule, or enjoy skiing under the stars, Mountain High is the only resort in SoCal that offers night skiing 7 days a week peak season. And guess what? It’s included in your season pass! Get 5 extra hours of ski time FREE with fully lit runs for prime evening sessions. Don’t let a full day of work or school stop you from scoring fresh powder. Instead of hitting that evening yoga class mid-week, you can ski real terrain locally! Compare this option to paying a fortune at a destination resort, where you decide to sleep in, get food, etc. Then before you know it, you have paid $126 for 3 runs.
4. Access to Three Resorts
Mountain High operates the West, East, and North Resorts, which all provide ticket windows, rental departments, sports shops, restaurants, and excellent trails with a free shuttle service running every 5-10 minutes to get you from resort to resort.
The West Resort is traditionally the first resort to open in SoCal, and is perfect for beginners strapping on their first set of skis, or experts looking for the most challenging of black diamond trails. In addition to amazing courses, the West Resort houses the Winter Sport Center, Children’s Learning Center, Bullwheel Bar & Grill, and the Monster Music Stage for fashion shows, movie premieres and live performances regularly.
The East Resort is home to the Olympic Bowl, the longest, steepest bump run in the region. At 8,200ft in elevation, the top of the resort descends into long, groomed, cruising trails, perfect for refining your carves. The Mountain High Express will transport you to an additional 20 acres of beginner level runs, and the Grand View Bistro, Mountain High’s unmatched mountaintop dining experience at 8200ft.
Lastly, the North Resort is perfect for young children and families looking for the overall snow day adventure. Not only is there 70 acres of lower level terrain for beginners, North Resort features the largest tubing park in Southern California, with 10 lanes and 2 moving carpets.
5. Grand View Bistro
After a full day of hitting the slopes, there is no doubt that refueling and rehydrating is on the top of the list. The Grand View Bistro at East Resort provides the ideal mountaintop dining location, with incredible views of both Catalina Island to the west and the Mojave Desert to the east.
6. Children’s Academy
Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort with daily activities for kids and families ages 4 and up. Last season, the Wrightwood resort proudly unveiled its newly-expanded Children’s Sports Complex complete with Burton LTR rental equipment. From reservations to rentals, Mountain High takes the hassle out of learning to ski & snowboard. They even offer midweek Family Packages to help you save. Get an Adult 8-Hour ticket, a Child’s ticket (7-12), and two $10 meal vouchers for just $89 (reg. $104). Or add a lesson and rentals for just $30 more. Other variations are available so visit mthigh.com/lessons for complete details.
While there, visit the Family Blog where you’ll learn the best ways to get your crew ready for a trip to the mountains, or hop over to the Mountain High’s Kids Club complete with games and activities to get your junior skiers and snowboarders thinking “safety first”. Full day, afternoon, and private lessons are offered at Mountain High’s acclaimed Children’s Academy, located at West Resort, right next to the newly enlarged on-snow area with moving carpets for the optimum learning experience. Kids will be provided with the latest training equipment including balance boards, Riglet towing accessories, and soft flex snowboards with catch-free edges. For those slightly older shredders looking for additional training, the Grommet Freestyle Camp provides innovative, and interactive training programs for students age 10-12, with certified, high-energy instructors emphasizing safety and environmental respect.
7. North Pole Tubing Park
Family fun isn’t limited to just skiing and snowboarding when visiting Mountain High Resort. The North Pole Tubing Park offers two moving carpets for the quickest access to 10 lanes of snow racing fun, making it the largest tubing park in Southern California. Though the North Pole Tubing Park is just $20 for 2 hours, if you upgrade your season pass to VIP, you will receive FREE tickets to the tubing park located at North Resort.
8. The People
One of the benefits of being located just 80 miles from the mecca of filmmaking, is hosting some of Hollywood’s greatest throughout the winter. Movie stars, musicians, business-men, and athletes often retreat from their daily grind to Mountain High for some shred time of their own. Celebs like Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adam Sandler, and Charger’s Ryan Mathews have been spotted bombing groomers at Mountain High. Investment Bankers, Hollywood Power Brokers, and So Cal movers and shakers, all take advantage of Mountain Highs close proximity. There’s a vibe at Mountain High that feels like a major destination resort from a people perspective even though it is a local So Cal resort. And with the wide array of amenities between the 3 mountains, there is always something for every member of the family.
9. Best Deals
While this is supposed to be the top 10 reasons to buy a season pass, the rest of the deal portfolio is so strong, we had to give them credit. Here is the whole offering. Season passes go on sale August 30th,and are now 64% off for the entire 2014-2015 Mountain High Winter, starting at just $249.
-Purchase season passes before September 8th to receive $200+ in FREE benefits including: Buddy Ticket ($69), specials on 686 Outerwear, $25 Off Magic Mountain, a Sport Chalet Mystery Card, $10 Off Pacific Park, $10 Off K1 Speedway, a season pass to Fiesta Village, & a Raffle entry to win a 2015/16 Season Pass, a Ski & Stay package to Stevens Pass/Leavenworth, outerwear from 686, a Go Pro Hero 3, or a VIP Parking space!
-With a VIP upgrade of just $49, season pass holders will receive FREE skiing at 12 other Powder Alliance resorts, exclusive early bird ski hours, discounts on lessons and retail, FREE Tickets to the North Pole Tubing Park, and monthly specials for family and friends.
-Bring a Friend for Fun deal this season provides an 8-hour lift ticket for you ($69 value), a half day beginner package for a friend ($85 value) that includes an 1 hour & 45min lesson, rentals, and lower mountain lift ticket. Save 35% with this special offer by paying only $99. Both ticket and lesson must be used on the same day. Purchase today at mthigh.com. Offer not available at the resort.
- The Customize Your Day package allows skiers and boarders to get the most out of their trip to Mountain High. For just $99 per car, receive preferred parking at the West Resort, Fast Track lift line cutting privileges for everyone in the vehicle, concierge booking of lessons, rentals, and lodging, have your rentals waiting upon arrival, and a framed souvenir photo of the group! Price and benefits apply to cars with 4 passengers or less. There is a $10 charge for each additional passenger. All reservations must be made 7 days in advance here.
-Don’t forget that any southern California 5th Grader in the 5th Grade Pass Program from San Diego to Santa Barbara is eligible for a FREE season pass for the 2014/15 season! No refunds available if you have already purchased your pass.
Starting on Labor Day of 1924, Big Pines Park celebrated opening day to kick off what is now 80 years of skiing heritage. By 1931, a world class ski jump was built, setting the foundation for some of ski jumping’s most influential athletes, including Halvar Bjorngaard, Halvor Halstad, Lars Haugen, John Elvrum, Hjalmar Hvam, and Alf Engen, to break many distance records. Big Pines Park soon became Blue Ridge Ski Area after chairlifts and tows began to spring to life. When the single chair was completed in 1947, it was Southern California’s second chairlift, the third in California, and only the fifth chairlift in the United States.
Another chairlift had been installed by 1975, when Dick Woodworth and Bill Ciserio bought the area and renamed it Mountain High. Fast forward to June 1997, when Mountain High Ski Area was purchased by Mountain High Holdings LLC, everything was renovated including lifts, grooming equipment, snowmaking facilities, and more. In just one year, Mountain High Ski Resort saw a 129% increase in attendance. By 2001, the ‘New’ Mountain High Resort became one of the top 5 resorts in the state and top 25 resorts in the country for skier visits. Today, Mountain High is still one of southern California’s most popular winter resorts, winning various awards for generating new participants and increasing the frequency of core visitors.
Check out the fresh powder days at Mountain High Resort: