Wrightwood, CA – November 5, 2011: Winter has officially arrived in Southern California. A strong, early-season storm left 4 to 6 inches of new snow yesterday and Mountain High was able to make enough additional snow overnight to open today at 12pm. This makes Mountain High the first area in Southern California to open for the 15th straight year and the second in the state.
Says Karl Kapuscinski, President and CEO, “We are very excited to lead Southern California into the 2011/12 season. This is one of our earliest openings ever and with more cold weather in the forecast we are looking forward to a fantastic start.”
Operating hours are now 8:30am to 4pm daily with night skiing scheduled to begin Thanksgiving weekend. Early-season rates are just $45 for adult (reg $69) and $25 for children ages 7 to 12. Kids six and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. Due to the reduced terrain, ticket sales will be limited so guests are advised to arrive early for the best experience.
Up to three lifts are currently available accessing a fun selection of beginner and intermediate terrain. Several terrain features are on the mountain as well for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. 100% of the open terrain has been groomed and the coverage is good with an 8 to 15 inch base of fresh, machine-made packed powder. All amenities such as rentals, retail, and repair are available however the Winter Sports School will not be offering lessons until the resort has the necessary teaching terrain.
For guests looking to save money, Mountain High’s adult, anytime season passes are still on sale for just $349 (reg $699). At this price they pay for themselves in just five visits and benefits include 10% off all non-sale retail items, $10 off adult ski & snowboard lessons and the ability to track your days ridden, runs per day, and vertical feet. Children’s passes are available as well. There are less than 1,000 passes left at the $349 price though so for more information, guests should visit www.shop.mthigh.com
Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort located just an hour and a half from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains (Mountain High East, West, and North), and offers a wide variety of lifts and trails, two world-class terrain parks, an outstanding Winter Sports School, and the region’s largest tubing park. Night skiing & snowboarding is available 5 nights-a-week and snowmaking covers more than 80% of the slopes. Mountain High has been the first resort to open in Southern California for the past 13 years and traditionally operates from mid November to mid April. Get more at mthigh.com.