SUPERPIPE opens at Bear Mountain

3232-superpipe.jpgSUPER DUPER!!!

So Cal’s only Superpipe opened over the weekend at Bear Mountain. The Superpipe is 580-feet-long and 18-feet-high.

Sitting just below the chair lift, the pipe is visible from the base area so you can drop in and sure to be seen by all!

The Superpipe is one of Bear Mountain’s most popular features and attracts snowboarders and skiers from all over Southern California,” says Marketing Director Chris Riddle.

The feature was ready in time for Bear Mountain’s Burton AM Series amateur Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions.

 Bear Mountain was one of only 10 of Burtons Super Stops, a weekend-long event that included the slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. The contest gives amateur riders a chance to guarantee a spot into the US Open Snowboarding Championships in Stratton, VT in March 2008 by winning a contest on their home mountain. Winners also received cash, prizes and other giveaways.


Skiers and snowboarders also had a chance to test drive Burton boards, boots and bindings at the largest product demo in the snowboard world.

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Banff reports 13 feet of champagne powder


Mountain High Ski Resort reported another 12 to 20 inches of new snow, bringing the weeklong storm total to close to 6 feet! That’s the most snow the Wrightwood resort has seen since the big 2004/05 season when they got 278 inches of snow.

I thought that was very impressive until my friends in Banff Springs, Canada, sent me their latest email. A fresh blast of winter weather in Banff National Park brought only 11 inches of new snow last week. Guess all their snow fell down here.

BUT, so far this season, more than 13 feet of champagne powder has fallen on the three resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village (pictured courtesy of Sunshine Village.)  The snowfall is set to continue this weekend with heavy snow storms in the forecast.

Skiing in the Canadian Rockies outside Calgary is still a great bargain. LA skiers can buy vacation packages for as little as $90 a person per day. These featuring some of Banff and Lake Louise’s most affordable lodging at either Deer Lodge, Inns of Banff, Lake Louise Inn or The Bow View Lodge.  and Skiers also get a tri-area lift ticket valid at Ski Norquay, Lake Louise Mountain Resort and Sunshine Village.

 Package prices are based on 4 Night/ 3 Days of skiing. For a quote call (877) 754-7080.

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Skiers die in avalanches

I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the skiers who lost their lives in avalanches over the weekend. It’s always a tragedy whenever a fellow skier or snowboarder dies in an accident.

The incidents also raise the question of safety whenever skiing out of bounds. I personally never ski out of bounds because I don’t have the skills or equipment. Anyone want to share their thoughts on the matter?

Below is a press release from John McColly, the director of marketing at Mountain High Ski Resort.

“This week, storms dropped up to four feet of snow in the San Gabriel Mountain Range in the Angeles National Forest. The heavy snowfall drew thousands of skiers and snowboarders to local resorts, but conditions turned deadly when visitors ventured beyond Mountain High Resort’s posted boundaries.

“Beginning on Friday afternoon, San Bernardino County Fire Department and Antelope Valley Search and Rescue, with the assistance of Mountain High personnel, responded to reports of missing persons and began working to locate them.

“Three skiers triggered an avalanche in Government Canyon, located just east of Mountain High’s posted boundary, that eventually cost one skier his life. The victim, a male in his early 20s, was located and transported via ambulance to Desert Community Hospital in Victorville, CA where he was later pronounced dead. In a separate area known as Sawmill Canyon, also beyond the resort’s posted boundary, avalanches took the lives of two other skiers.

“Additionally, a male snowboarder in his early twenties exited the resort’s boundaries and ended up south of the resort in the San Gabriel river valley. After spending the night outdoors, that visitor hiked out under his own recognizance and sustained only minor injuries.

“Mountain High offers its condolences to the families of the deceased individuals and wishes them the best during these difficult times. Mountain High Resort does not promote out-of-bounds skiing and recommends that all visitors stay within resort boundaries.”


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Three feet in 24 hours

3018-powderboy.jpgIt’s official, Mountain High has received more than 3 FEET of snow over the last 24 hours. 

Were really excited about the new snow and were really hoping for more this weekend.  By far this is one of our best years with respect to snowfall,” says John McColly, director of marketing.

Most of the East and West Resorts were open yesterday and today, with skiing enjoying 50 inches of fresh powder on 44 trails.

So far this year, the Wrightwood resort reports a 30-59 inch base with snowfall adding up to 75 inches.  

The weather forecast is predicting another 4-7 inches of snow by the end of the weekend. 

Chains are currently required, but by mid morning Saturday, roads should be clear with all restrictions lifted.


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Wrightwood gets foot and a half of snow

Cowabunga! Mountain High is reporting 2938-new snow.jpg10 TO 18 INCHES OF NEW SNOW AND THERE IS MORE TO COME!!!

Last night the Wrightwood resort received close to a foot and a half of fresh powder. And there’s more on the way Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, Big Bear got 4-6 inches of new snow overnight. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit report excellent powder to packed powder conditions on a base of two to three feet.

Plus this winter storm will last several days bringing a possibility of substantial snowfall. So check it out for yourself, just be careful getting there.

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Snow falling at local ski resorts

Well if you’re not already in Big Bear, you may have a tough time getting to the local ski resorts. Snow has already started falling in the mountains and the National Weather Service say our mountains may get up to TWO feet of snow.

Yikes, that’s great for skiing but pretty tough for driving. It looks like there’s a chance of snow through Sunday night. Some of it might be pretty heavy, do be careful plowing through the stuff. Don’t want you to blow out a knee.

And make sure you take your chains with you. The CHP is sure to make you put them on once you hit the snow level. Please drive carefully.




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Party hardee at local ski resorts


Wacky Wednesdays continue

Yes, 2 for 1 Wednesdays continue at Mountain High Ski Resort tomorrow.

2 For 1 Wednesdays. Click here for info.
Hard to beat two lift tickets for the price of one, but the first 1,000 skiers will also get a free goodie bag from FUEL TV. This will include CDs, DVDs, stickers, lip balm
Remember, these tickets must be purchased ONLINE before you head up to the ski resort!

Bobby Sato and X103.9 FM will provide music, as well as  giveaways with  from the Inland Empire.
Then DJ Slipmat will spins those discs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. So come on out and party!!!!

If that doesn’t do it for you, REMEMBER lift tickets at Snow Valley Ski Resort are only $19 on Wednesdays. Yes, that’s right under $20. Gotta love it! 

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


Drat, we didn’t get the snow that we hoped for this weekend.

But it was cold enough for the Big Bear resorts to make tons of fresh new snow for the holiday weekend. This morning, they did report scattered snow flurries and it’s looking good for more snow Thursday.

So happy holiday to everyone lucky enough to have the day off. Enjoy your rides on the local mountains. 

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Roxy and moxy at Bear Mountain on Sunday

2609-bear4.jpgRoxy Snow Classic Jan. 20
The Roxy Snow Classic returns to Bear Mountain on Sunday. This popular event is open to female riders of all ages and abilities.

The seventh annual slopestyle event is Roxy’s winter salute to its popular summer surf competitions.

The winner will be entered in the Slopestyle qualifying round of the Roxy Chicken Grab. Registration costs only $30, but is limited to the first 100 entrants.

USASA Competitions: Halfpipe #1 Jan. 20
Bear Mountain will also host a USASA halfpipe competition Sunday.

USASA is a grassroots organization that snowboarders of all ages and abilities to participate in organized snowboarding. Its events promote snowboarding, and helps boarders develop their athletic skills to qualify for national and international competition.

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