Mountain High opens for start of So Cal ski season

Mountain High Opening Day 2014

Ski season kicked off in Southern California yesterday with the opening of Mountain High.  This marks the 18th year in a row Mountain High has been the first to open in Southern California.

Roughly 1,000 guests donned their skis & snowboards and hit the slopes of Mountain High for their first winter fix of the season.  It’s a special treat to be open for Thanksgiving and the resort credits its hard working staff and dedicated employees.

“We’ve added several new snowmaking guns, our season pass sale is doing very well, and, with the hopes of a little El Nino snow, the stage is set for a great season,” said General Manager Ben Smith.

Operating hours will be 8:30am to 4:00pm through Thanksgiving.  Night skiing and Tubing Park operations will be evaluated after that.

Early Season Ticket rates will be just $45 for adults and young adults (Regularly $69) and $25 for children ages 7 to 12.  Kids six and under ski FREE with a paying adult.  Ticket sales will be limited so please arrive early for the best experience.  Prices are subject to change without notice.

The Coyote chairlift is currently spinning accessing an impressive rail garden on Cruiser with up to 10 features.  100% of the open terrain is groomed and thanks to Mountain High’s incredible snowmaking team we have a 10 to 12 inch base of machine groomed hard packed snow.  By next Wednesday the resort plans to have at least one top-to-bottom run open if not more.

For first-timers Mountain High offers a full line of rental and retail products however the Winter Sports School has not yet opened for the season.

Black Friday Special
No need to wake up early for the best price on lift tickets.  Stock up November 28th through December 1st, 2014, and save up to 40% on lift tickets to Mountain High, Southern California’s closest winter resort.  Prices start at just $20.00.  Click here to learn more http://www.mthigh.com/archive/email/blackfriday.html

Get Your 2014/15 Season Pass Before The Price Goes Up
For avid skiers and snowboarders a season pass is the best way to save money and pays for itself in as little as 5 visits.  Prices start at just $249 for young adult anytime season pass.  Or go VIP for just $49 and get free skiing at 12 other Powder Alliance Resorts plus tons of other great benefits.  No other resort in the region offers this.  Click here to learn morehttp://www.mthigh.com/season-pass-sale

Mountain High to open Tuesday with limited runs

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Mountain High will open for skiing and snowboarding tomorrow morning at 8:30am for the start of the 2014/15 season.  Get your Thanksgiving holiday started early and join us for this exciting day.

Operating hours will be 8:30am – 4:00pm.  Tickets are just $45 for Adults and Young Adults, $25 for kids ages 7 to 12.  Kids 6 and under receive a FREE ticket with the purchaes of an adult ticket.

Ticket sales will be limited to reflect the reduced terrain so please arrive early.  Night skiing and lessons have not begun yet but should be available shortly.

Our grooming staff will hit the mountain this evening at 4pm to begin preparing the slopes and our Park Crew is busy pulling out a dozen features to build a super sick rail garden for opening day.  Initially just Cruiser will be available accessing beginner to intermediate terrain but look for new trails and lifts opening shortly. 

This season we are proud to announce a wide range of improvements including new fan guns, new terrain features, and new terrain-based teaching programs. These snowmaking improvements will help Mountain High open even quicker this winter, allowing us to put down new snow faster than ever before.

Black Friday Ticket Special

No need to wake up early for the best price on lift tickets.  Stock up November 28th – December 1st and save up to 40%.  Ticket prices start at just $20 and make great stocking stuffers!  Click here to learn more.

14/15 Season Pass Sale Ends 11/30

Time is running out! Get your season pass today for as little as $249 and enjoy 5 months of terrific skiing and snowboarding at Southern California’s Closest Winter Resort. Go VIP for just $49 more and get free skiing privileges at 12 Powder Alliance Resorts. Hurry, sale ends November 30th. Click here to learn more.

Mountain High continues operation in national monument

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.

Mountain High offering free season passes to 5th graders

The beauty of the winter mountains is something to be experienced by everyone and that’s why Mountain High and Toyota have teamed up to offer FREE season passes to regional 5th Graders in the 5th Grade Pass Program.   Any 5th Grader in California is eligible for a FREE season pass valued at $279 anytime he or she visits Mountain High during the 2014/15 season.

The 5th Grade Pass Program encourages kids to stay active in winter.  It teaches them new skills, builds overall confidence, and brings families together in an active environment.

Each year the 5th Grade Pass Program introduces thousands of local students and their parents to skiing and snowboarding and provides them with lifelong snow sports skills.  Parents of participants rank it very high and many base their children’s involvement solely on the program.

 “We are excited to partner with Toyota again this year to provide 5th graders in our state the opportunity to experience the joys and benefits of outdoor recreation,” says John McColly, CMO.

Snow sports participation is highly correlated to participation in other physical activities, and active kids tend to be healthier and more successful academically.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Roberts Wood Johnson Foundation, and the America, Physiology Society (among others), America’s children are not getting enough physical exercise and this is leading to a meteoric rise in obesity.

Mountain High’s 5th Grade Pass Program encourages kids to stay active during the cold months.  In fact, during the winter of 2013/2014 snow sports participants burned more than 332 Billion calories while skiing, riding, and snowshoeing, enough to work off 475 Million cheeseburgers.

Additionally, research demonstrates that kids who participate in the Pass Program tend to remain active throughout the year which in turn, is highly correlated to improved academic performance and better health over the course of their lifetime.

Families that play together stay together and the Pass Program has shown to be very effective in bringing adults and other family members into, or back into the snow sports market.  In fact, nearly half of parents questioned said that they participated in snow sports because their child was involved in the Pass program.

Says Michelle Quan from Thousand Oaks, “It is an absolutely wonderful program.  We got the pass for my son when he was in 5th grade and it was just what I needed to get back on the slopes after 11 years! My husband also starting skiing again and now we now have four in our family who are skiers thanks to Mountain High.”

To order a free 5th Grade Season Pass parents visithttp://www.mthigh.com/deal/5th-graders-ski-and-snowboard-free.  Participants must be between the ages of 9 and 11 as of December 31, 2014, and parents are required to show proof of enrollment (report card, school ID, or certified letter of intent.)  Please note there is a $10 processing fee per pass.  Refunds are not available for previously purchased tickets or pass products.

Buck Strikes Back rail jam at Mountain High on Oct. 4

Mountain High Resort is trucking in 40 tons of snow on Saturday for the Buck Strikes Back rail jam.  This season it’s taking place on the streets of Wrightwood.

Aside from the early-season shred session, guests can stroll through the vendor village, buy or sell equipment in the giant ski & snowboard swap, chow down on chili from the annual Chili Cook-off, and see the premier of Mountain High’s new short film, Montage.

“Nothing gets you thinking winter like 40 tons of snow.  It’s been seven year’s since we produced the last Buck Off so be sure to put October 4th on your calendar.  You don’t need to travel far far way to get in some pre-season snow play,” says John McColly, Director of Marketing.

The Buck Strikes Back uses 40 tons of snow to create a 10,000 square foot winter jib arena complete with all levels of rails and boxes.  It takes roughly five hours to cover the arena and park personnel will be on hand all day to make sure the snow stays at its best.

A 20 foot start ramp provides the runway and guests will have their choice of several different features including a down rail, flat boxes, a stair set, and a finishing jib.  Difficulty levels vary from easy to advanced so there is something for everyone plus there will be a Best Trick Contest at 4pm.

Twenty five participants consisting of pros, celebrity riders, and ripping pass holders will be competing for cash and prizes.  Be sure to put on your best performance because the Buck Strikes Back aint no “Wookie” competition.

The rail yard is open to all ages, male and female, skiers and snowboarders. There is no additional fee however a new 2014/15 season pass and helmet are required.

Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, OR download a liability form from Mountain High’s website at www.mthigh.com, have it notarized with a parent’s signature and bring it with them.

Guests who purchase their season pass at the event will receive more than $200 in FREE benefits and renewing pass holders save an additional $50 off Adult, Young Adult, and College passes.  Regularly $699, prices start at just $249 for Young Adults and $299 for Adults.

For avid skiers and snowboarders they are the best way to save money and pay for themselves in as little as 5 visits.  Children six and under receive a free season pass with the purchase of an adult season pass. Click here for a complete listing of prices and benefits. http://www.mthigh.com/season-pass-sale

For those not interested in jibbing, there are plenty of other free activities.  Guests can check out the latest products from Burton, Lib Tech, Explosive, Gnarly, Smith, Virus and more in the vendor village, plus get huge deals on snowboarding equipment from the nearby Mountain Outhouse.

New this year will be a giant ski & snowboard swap where guests can sell their gear or pick up new equipment for the coming season.  The festival begins at1:00pm with riding and entertainment until 5pm.  Guests are invited to stick around for the after party where they can quench their thirst at the Yodeler for just a buck-a-beer and watch the premier of Montage, the latest snowboard film from Mountain High.

Spring seasons passes on sale at Mountain High for $249

Mountain High released its Spring Season Pass rates today, just in time for the biggest snow storm of the season. The season’s biggest snow storm is fast approaching, with forecasters calling for anywhere from 6 to 16 inches by Saturday afternoon.

Beginning Saturday, skiers and snowboarders can purchase an adult Anytime Season Pass good for the remainder of this season and all of next season for $249. That’s a savings of 64 percent over a traditional single-year pass.

Plus guests can upgrade to a VIP Season Pass for $50 more and receive terrific benefits like free tickets to the North Pole Tubing Park, discounts on lessons and rentals, and three free days at 11 other Powder Alliance Resorts. That’s 33 free tickets. Information: http://www.mthigh.com/season-pass-sale

“This is the best value in Southern California — $249 for the rest of this year and all of next? You can’t beat it,” says John McColly, resort spokesman.

Mountain High’s Anytime Season Pass is good any day or night the resort is open with no restrictions. At just $249, it pays for itself in less than five visits. Children’s Passes for ages 7 to 12 are also available for $199 with the purchase of an adult season pass and $219 without (regularly $279). Children 6 and younger ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. Please note there is a $10 processing for all new passes purchased.

Ride the longest high-speed quad in the region at Mountain High’s East Resort. Ski under the stars at Mountain High’s West Resort. Or take the kids on an exciting winter adventure at the North Resort.

A season pass is good at all three areas and this year Mountain High has added a new Burton LTR Center, increased snowmaking, an updated smart phone app, new terrain features, and an enhanced family atmosphere. Pass holders also have the ability to track their days ridden, runs per day, vertical feel, and more.

Mountain High’s Spring Season Pass offer is available March 1 to April 20, 2014. Guests are encouraged to purchase the passes online at mthigh.com however passes can also be purchased at the resort and by calling 888-754 7878.

 

Mountain High launches new version of its free app for iPhone and Android

Version 3 of Mountain High’s free app for iPhone and Android is filled with enhanced tracking features and better power savings tools.  It allows users to track and share on Facebook and Twitter the number of runs they have done, vertical feet conquered, maximum speed achieved, photos and videos taken, number of days on the mountain and many other metrics.

At the day’s end, the app allows users to compare their achievements to those of their friends by easily accessing the data on their smart phone or any online computer.

There are also new challenges based on criteria such as vertical, distance, and number of runs.  With the phone’s GPS tracking capabilities guests can pinpoint themselves on Mountain High’s trail map and then locate their friends.

There are real time conditions such as snow reports, custom weather forecasts, and park updates.  The new Mountain High app is now available for download at mthigh.com, the Apple APP Store, and the Android Marketing place.

Developed by Treeline and powered by their TrailTap technology, the new Mountain High App is the first resort app to offer such robust technology-bundling.

The result is unsurpassed synchronization of realtime weather data, social media, rider- and resort-generated images and videos, GPS-enabled trail maps and usage tracking.

Says John McColly, CMO, “The new Mountain High App is even better than before.  We’ve improved the tracking capabilities, reduced its battery consumption, and added a number of other key features.  Download it for yourself today.”

While at the resort users can “check in” on Facebook, have that status posted on their page, and/or connect with their Facebook friends that are also checked in at Mountain High.

These friends can be noted on a simple list or their recent locations can be plotted on the app’s user-friendly interactive trail map, identical in appearance to the traditional, James Niehues-illustrated Mountain High paper trail map.

The Mountain High App is one of very few ski-area apps with an interactive map that includes the names and positions of trails, lifts, restaurants and bars and the other resort details typically found on traditional paper trail maps.

Additionally, the Mountain High App provides skiers and snowboarders with real time access to multiple live cams, the latest snow and weather conditions, and even if their favorite pros are on the mountain.

The app also features a calendar of on-mountain events and deals on lift tickets, lessons, food, and equipment. Throughout the season, Mountain High will introduce new features for the app, including competitions for prizes.

$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 http://www.mthigh.com/mountain/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 mthigh.com; 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.