Outdoor enthusiasts flocked to Wrightwood Sunday for the start of the winter snow season.
A storm system in Southern California over the past few days brought several inches of much-needed snow to mountain resorts.
Mountain High reported on its website that it had been blanketed with 12 inches of fresh powder, helping the season get off to an enthusiastic start.
“With the natural snow and snowmaking this is going to be one of our best openings in years,” said Karl Kapuscinski, Mountain High president and CEO.
“We had the perfect storm come in,” said Kim Hermon, spokeswoman for the resort. She added, “It went around and it came back again. So we got over a foot of snow, and it’s fantastic.”
A large crowd of skiers and snowboarders could be seen lining up outside of Mountain High Sunday morning as the resort prepared to open for business at 8:30 a.m. Tickets to the resort were sold out by 10 a.m., officials said.
“It’s a mad rush to come up here,” said ski instructor Paul Lopez. “That’s why we had to wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning, just to get up here, just to get good parking.”