Mountain High operates on the Angeles National Forest through a Special Use Permit issued and managed by the US Forest Service. Despite the new designation as a national monument, the US Forest Service will remain the managing governmental agency.
Under the new designation there will be no changes to the current rules and regulations that govern ski areas or the management of Mountain High’s existing Special Use Permit. The resort will be able to renew its lease as usual at the end of the term and the Special User Permit would be reissued if the resort was sold.
“The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument protects water rights, fire management, private property, and rights of way. It does not limit or prohibit any form of recreation. That means the recreational activities people already enjoy in the mountains – like winter sports – will remain available for all our communities to enjoy. This includes important and cherished winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding,” says Rep. Judy Chu.