Southland Ski Resorts Open Amid Plummeting Temperatures

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Just as the Southland’s ski resorts were continuing to open for the season, mountain snow areas were expected to attract large crowds on Saturday and Sunday as a frigid temperatures grip the region.

In Big Bear, the popular Bear Mountain resort had opened Nov. 27 with one lift, which soon expanded to two, and Snow Summit was expected to open Friday, officials said. The resorts had initial hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Wrightwood, conditions were cold enough Thursday for machine-made snow to stick at Mountain High, which was the first local resort to open when it welcomed skiers and snowboarders on Nov. 24.


Ski lift chairs near a snow machine were frosted over at Mountain High Ski Resort on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Night skiing was not expected to begin at Wrightwood until Dec. 13, the resort said on its website.

Meanwhile, two chairlifts and five trails were scheduled to be open at Mountain High from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over the weekend, five chairlifts and seven trails will be available, according to Mountain High.

The resort was offering discounted prices for entrance: $45 for adults and $25 for children.

Temperatures in the area were expected to peak at 29 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A 90 percent chance of natural snowfall was forecast for Saturday.

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