Ski resorts in local mountains open after winter storm dumps fresh snow

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Another ski resort opened this week for skiers and snowboarders looking for fresh powder.

Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs entered its 84th season on Thursday, two days after a winter storm hit southern California.

The storm, which caused flooding in the San Bernardino Mountains, also dropped about 16 to 20 inches of fresh snow, with more being produced by machines, station officials said.

“Snow Valley Mountain Resort looks forward to providing wonderful winter experiences to Southern Californians,” said Kevin Somes, vice president and general manager of the resort.

Mountain High Resort near Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains also began its season this month on Tuesday as the storm hit.

The resort reported receiving 10 inches of new snowfall over the past week, with 6 inches from the storm alone.

Big Bear Mountain Resort, which includes the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski areas, opened on December 2, although no snow has fallen in the area since March, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Instead, the report said at the time that it relied on manufactured powder and cold temperatures.

The recent storm has changed that, however. Big Bear Mountain reported 10 inches of fresh snow had fallen, adding to a snow base 2-3 feet deep.

High temperatures are expected to hit the low 40s on Saturday and Sunday, with sunny conditions in the Big Bear Lake area. Overnight, they are expected to drop to 5 and 7, respectively, according to the National Weather Service.

A wind advisory is also in effect from 3 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Saturday for the mountains and valleys of San Bernardino County. Forecasters predict northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 45 to 50 mph.

The National Weather Service has warned that winds could knock branches off trees “and some power outages could result.”

Daily Press reporter Martin Estacio can be reached at 760-955-5358 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_mestacio.

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