Mountain High’s season passes go on sale Aug. 31


Mountain High’s Anytime Season Pass Sale begins Aug. 31 with prices up to 53% off.  For just $349 (Reg $749) guests can enjoy an entire season of skiing or snowboarding at Southern California’s closest winter resort plus receive three free days at 11 other Powder Alliance areas.  That’s 33 free tickets!

Resorts include Crested Butte, Snowbasin Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Stevens Pass, Timberline, Schweitzer, China Peak, Arizona Snowbowl, Mt Hood Skibowl, Angel Fire Resort, and Bridger Bowl.

If you order by Sept. 10, you’ll also receive a free Buddy Ticket to Mountain High worth $69.

“This is an incredible deal and something no other Southern California resort can offer.  With a VIP Season Pass you get a full season of riding at Mountain High plus free tickets to mountains across Utah, Colorado, Montana, Washington, and more.  Now that’s value!” said John McColly, CMO.

VIP Season Passes are good any day or night Mountain High is open with no restrictions.  Other benefits include free tickets to the North Pole Tubing Park, early-ups on select days, monthly discounts for family and friends, $10 Off Adult ski or snowboard lessons, 10% Off non-sale retail items, and the ability to track your days ridden and share them with friends.

As a Powder Alliance member, you are free to ski about the Western United States and find the best snow conditions & nearly limitless vertical feet.  There are no membership fees, no collective pass prices, no additional charges of any kind.

Simply show your 2013/14 VIP Season Pass and receive three free tickets any Sunday through Friday, non-holiday, at participating areas.  Please visit for a complete listing of dates and restrictions plus additional resort benefits.

Mountain High offers a traditional Anytime Season Pass for just $299. Guests can still ski or snowboard any day or night the resort is open and record their statistics but there are no additional discounts or benefits.

Children’s passes for ages 7 to 12 are also available beginning at $199 with the purchase of an adult season pass and $219 without.  Kids six and under ski FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

Buy Mountain High, get bonus days to ski and ride at 11 other resorts

postcard_finalOne pass, 12 resorts, $349. That sums up what Mountain High will be offering starting Aug. 31.

The resort’s VIP Season Pass includes an entire season of skiing and snowboarding at Mountain High plus free days at 11 other Powder Alliance resorts. They are Arizona Snowbowl; China Peak and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California; Crested Butte in Colorado; Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho; Bridger Bowl in Montana; Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico; Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon; Snowbasin Resort in Utah; and Stevens Pass in Washington.

If the pass is purchased by Sept. 10, Mountain High will include a free buddy ticket worth $69.

“This is an incredible deal and something no other Southern California resort can offer,” says John McColly, Mountain High spokesman.

VIP Season Passes are good any day or night Mountain High is open with no restrictions. Other benefits include free tickets to the North Pole Tubing Park, early-ups on select days, monthly discounts for family and friends, $10 off adult ski or snowboard lessons, 10 percent off the price of non-sale retail items, and the ability to track your days ridden and share them with friends.

The free tickets to partner resorts may be used any Sunday through Friday during non-holiday periods.

Mountain High also will be selling its traditional anytime season pass for $299 starting Aug. 31. That pass is valid only at the Wrightwood resort, and pays for itself in less than five visits.

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Bear Mountain, Snow Summit are getting ready to call it a season

Earlier today, skiers were getting in a few last runs for the season at Snow Summit. (Big Bear Mountain Resorts photo)

On Sunday, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will be marking the end of the 2012-13 ski and snowboard season at the two resorts.

After receiving only 75 to 90 inches of natural snowfall this season, extensive snowmaking systems at each property allowed the slopes to remain open a week into April.

“Even in a season like this, where natural snowfall was well below average, we were able to make great snow and host big events right up to the end,” said Chris Riddle, vice president of marketing. “Being the only Southern California ski and snowboard resort open this late in the season, we have truly shown dominance in our snowmaking capabilities.”

Mountain High also boasts about its extensive snowmaking system, and the winter sports season at the Wrightwood resort just recently wrapped up. Mountain High closed March 31 after the annual Spring-A-Ma-Jig celebration.

For Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, being situated next to Big Bear Lake has its benefits. The lake acts as a reservoir for snowmaking, providing a nearly inexhaustible supply of water during the winter months. Regardless of natural snowfall, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit can cover nearly 100 percent of their slopes with manmade snow.

“A big ‘thank you’ goes out to all guests who came out this season to enjoy our new additions, and made this a fun season for everyone,” Riddle said.

It was a season that included a milestone, as Snow Summit celebrated its 60th anniversary.

“We look forward to many more decades of hosting happy skiers and snowboarders,” Riddle said.

Already, officials at Bear and Snow Summit are looking forward to next winter, selling passes that they say will offer skiers and snowboarders the biggest savings for the 2013-14 season. But the passes must be purchased by May 31. Click here for information.

#freshpow day on the slopes at Bear, Snow Summit and Mountain High

Snow Summit is a winter wonderland in March, thanks to productive cold-weather systems that went through Southern California on Thursday and this morning. This photo has attracted a lot of reaction since it was posted on Facebook earlier today. (Snow Summit photo)

By Jerry Rice

Fresh powder days in March are rare in Southern California – especially ones with storms that leave behind more than a foot of snow – so it may not be surprising that social media is burning up today with the latest reports from Bear Mountain, Snow Summit and Mountain High.

The photo of snow-covered tables and chairs at Snow Summit (above) has received more than 950 “likes” and 139 “shares” since it was posted this morning. Because a photo really is worth a thousand words, many of the comments have been appropriately brief: “Wonderland!” (from Freddie Merz), “Yes!!!” (Kelsey Elizabeth Stern) and “Wooooo Hoooooo” (Snuggle Bear Cabin).

Others said they were on their way up the hill (presumably after they called the boss to say they suddenly came down with some “ailment”), or that they would be there during the weekend.

With 12-14 inches of new snow at Bear Mountain, it appears to be time for some fresh-powder runs at the resort. (Bear Mountain photo)

Snow Summit reported 12 to 14 inches of fresh powder in the last couple days – about the same amount that fell at the resort’s corporate sibling, Bear Mountain, where the photo on the right was taken. Since being posted on Facebook today at about 10 a.m., the shot has received nearly 400 “likes” and 25 “shares.”

Snow Summit is 100 percent open, and only Bow, Deer and Goldmine canyons are closed at Bear, according to information on their websites. Also, skiers and snowboarders should note that Snow Summit will be holding its final night session of the 2012-13 season on Saturday.

With fresh powder at Mountain High, the snow depth on the slopes is 12-24 inches. (Mountain High photo)

At Mountain High in Wrightwood, they’re also excited about the conditions after receiving 6 to 8 inches of new snow. “We love fresh pow,” said the Facebook entry that was posted with the action shot on the left. “Share this photo if you love new snow as much as we do!”

The last time we checked, 61 of the resort’s Facebook fans followed through on that request.

$299 season pass good for this year and next at Mountain High

Beginning Friday, March 1, skiers and snowboarders at Mountain High can get an adult Anytime Season Pass good for the remainder of this season and all of next for just $299.

That’s a savings of 57% over a traditional single-year pass.  Plus anyone who renews their existing 2012/13 Season Pass by March 10 will receive a FREE Buddy ticket worth $69.

Mountain High’s Anytime Season Pass is good any day or night the resort is open with no restrictions.  At just $299 it pays for itself in just 5 visits.

Benefits include free skiing at Stevens Pass, WA, China Peak, CA, and Sierra At Tahoe, free tubing at the North Pole Tubing Park , $10 Off Adult Ski/Snowboard Lessons, 10% Off non-sale retail apparel, monthly discounts for family and friends, early “ups” on select days, and the ability to TRACK your days ridden, runs per day, and vertical feet.

Prices are just $299 for adults ages 13 and up.  Children’s Passes for ages 7 to 12 are also available for just $199 with the purchase of an adult season pass and $249 without.  Children six and under ski FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

Mountain High’s Spring Season Pass offer is available March 1to April 15 or when the resort closes (whichever is later).  Guestsamay purchase their passes online at; however, passes can also be purchased at the resort and by phone at 888 754 7878.  Please note there is a $10 processing for all new passes purchased.

Three resorts in one, Mountain High is a SoCal winter wonderland

Mountain High is popular with skiers and snowboarders from throughout Southern California, including the Inland Empire. They tend to make a day of it at the resort, instead of coming for an extended visit.

By Trevor Summons

The first time I went to a ski resort, I was entranced. I was only passing through but the atmosphere was truly wonderful. The ultraviolet light bouncing off the snow, the warm sunshine, the excitement of the skiers and the clump of their boots all added up to something magical.

Unfortunately, at the time I was very engaged in business and feared the sport for its injuries. Back then we were quite used to seeing returning winter sports enthusiasts with a foot and lower leg encased in plaster of Paris, and trying to maneuver crutches around. We didn’t have the quick-release bindings and other scientific advancements of today. I left it well alone.

Many decades later I did try, and perhaps it was too late by then, as after a few attempts I had two broken ribs, a lack of dignity and the decision to literally walk away from it all.

Had I waited until now, and joined the “Learn to Turn” course being offered by Mountain High Ski Resort, the outcome might well have been different.

“We offer a day’s course, on Tuesdays,” said Kim Hermon, the marketing manager of the resort. “For $39 we provide the equipment, the lift tickets and the instruction to get you started.”

I think that would have been just what I needed.
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Mountain High’s fresh powder prompts a cool video production

At Mountain High, they must be excited about the 8 to 10 inches of new snow the resort received on Wednesday, given this video that was posted on Vimeo…

Conditions at the Wrightwood resort should be wonderful for skiing and snowboarding all weekend long. Daytime highs through Sunday are expected to be in the upper 40s, and lows will dip into the 20s, according to

Go East, young skiers and snowboarders at Mountain High

Skiers and snowboarders tend to get more out of those banner days on the slopes at Mountain High when they visit the less-crowded East resort. (Mountain High photo)

By Art Bentley

You know who you are.

Evidently, 1,600 vertical feet with a consistent pitch doesn’t appeal to you. Perhaps speed on skis or a snowboard isn’t an attraction. Maybe your legs (or your nerve) aren’t up to the challenge.

Or it could be that you simply don’t do well in your own company. You need to be surrounded by masses of humanity, often with a slightly maniacal streak, a perverse taste for short runs, and an insane fondness for lift lines that can border on anarchy.

Or maybe you’re simply not the sharpest ski on the slope.

Whatever your shortcomings, you’re a Mountain High skier or snowboarder with an irrational preference for the crowded West resort, where any minute, especially on a weekend, you can be run down from behind or sideswiped by an out-of-control snowboarder. Meanwhile, you display an unfathomable disdain for the tranquil, unhurried East. Are you masochistic? How else to explain why you avoid it in droves?

Clearly, you need help. Even those who run Mountain High can’t figure you out.

“It’s always a challenge getting people to go over there,” says John McColly, chief marketing office and an unabashed fan of East.

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Step aside Gangnam Style, it’s time for the Harlem Shake

By Jerry Rice

Sorry, Psy, but Gangnam Style is so 2012. The dance of this moment is the Harlem Shake.

With tens of thousands of Harlem Shake videos on YouTube — including nearly 9,000 uploaded today alone — it’s safe to call it the latest craze that’s sweeping the nation. Students at campuses around the country, office workers, firefighters, grandmas, and a unit of the Norwegian Army are all busting a move to the techno beat.

Anderson Cooper (inset) watches a video of his staff doing the Harlem Shake.

One video asks whether Wolf Blitzer would do it. His CNN colleague, Anderson Cooper, apparently wouldn’t. When the “Anderson Live” crew interrupted a morning meeting to shake it, they couldn’t get Cooper to join in.

“I gotta say, I was horrified. It made me so uncomfortable,” he said on Tuesday’s show.

Many of the videos are called “original.” Perhaps the one with the best stake to that claim was posted by five bored Australian teens who were stuck indoors during a storm. Their version, “The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original),” has 6.3 million views (and counting) in its first week on YouTube. Their story was told by The Courier-Mail in Brisbane.

A quick search came up with several Harlem Shakers in the Inland Empire, so we featured them in a Daily Bulletin story.

Skiers and snowboarders at Mountain High also have gotten in on the act. Here’s their version:

Skiers, snowboarders get a lift for less this month at Mountain High

Mountain High is taking up to 50 percent off the price of its lift tickets during February.

Express Pass Holders may use the coupon code FEBEXPRESS to receive an adult 8-hour lift ticket for $39. The discount is available through Feb. 28, but not valid President’s Day weekend, Feb. 16-18.

For those who don’t have an Express Pass, if they purchase an adult 8-hour lift ticket by Feb. 15 they will receive a free Express Pass plus a bounce back voucher for $39 that will be good for use on their next visit. The same restrictions apply for the bounce-back voucher (valid through Feb. 28, except Feb. 16-18).

Mountain High’s Express Pass is the most sophisticated and environmentally-friendly lift ticket in snowsports, says resort spokeswoman Kim Hermon. The reusable, hard-plastic card can be encoded time and again with almost any Mountain High lift ticket and benefits include:

  • $10 off 8-hour, 4-hour and night ticket options, non-holiday.
  • Free 8-hour ticket (non-holiday) after every four visits.
  • Track days ridden, total runs, vertical feet and more.
  • Guarantee reservations in case of a sellout.

Forecasters are calling for a snowy month ahead, with off and on storms.

“February is likely to be a stormy month especially in comparison to the quiet January we’ve just seen,” says Chris Manly from