SoCal Ski Season Now Over -- or Is It?

Expected midweek snow storm could reopen Snow Summit

By Whitney Southwick
|  Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010  |  Updated 1:10 PM PDT
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SoCal Ski Season Now Over -- or Is It?

Snow Summit

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It was a great season in Southern California; the best skiing at Big Bear in the last 40 years, according to those in the know on the mountain. 

More than 150 inches of snow got the slopes open last fall and kept them open until Sunday, and they may not be done yet.

Snow Summit officials said they'll reopen next weekend for both boarding and skiing if they get enough snow from the next storm, according to Chris Riddle, the marketing director at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. 

"Mother Nature was extremely generous to us, thanks to an el nino winter," Riddle said. "Colder temperatures created some of the best conditions, adding up to a truly remarkable season."

Next door, Bear Mountain has been closed since April 18 and will not reopen until next season, but, once again, if they get the snow they're hoping for on Wednesday, Snow Summit will open up for just this coming weekend (April 30, May 1) then shut down as it prepares for their summer season.

Starting on May 22, the Scenic Sky Chair begins operation on the weekends, transporting hikers and mountain bikers to the top of the mountain. The chair is scheduled to begin daily operations on the June 21.

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