Mountain High Resort provides a snowy retreat just 90 minutes outside Los Angeles.
Only an hour and a half from Los Angeles, Mountain High is made up of three resorts, covered by one lift ticket. Each resort – East, West and North – has varied terrain, lessons, rentals, restaurants and shopping and all three are connected by a free shuttle.
The West Resort, at 7,000 feet, draws the most visitors, with the majority of the acreage devoted to the terrain park, making it popular with snowboarders, as well as glade skiing when there is a solid amount of snow. The West Resort often has the longest season in SoCal because of its higher elevation. The East Resort, at 6,600 feet, has more open terrain and longer runs (the longest run in Southern California is here: the 1.6 mile Goldrush). And the North Resort caters mostly to beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders – it is also the site of the North Pole Tubing Park.
Mountain High also offers night skiing seven evenings a week until 10 p.m. Each of the areas offer private and group lessons, as well as a Blue Angels Ski & Snowboard Camp. Mountain High also has an adaptive snow sports program. The resort has multiple dining options at each of the mountain areas, from hot dogs and beer near the lifts to sit-down dining on an outdoor patio. While there is no slope-side lodging, there is plenty of accommodation for all budgets in nearby Wrightwood Village, about 3 miles from Mountain High.
Mountain High usually opens in the first week of December and closes in the last week of March, with some of the best snow occurring later in January through February. Because this is one of the most popular ski resorts in Southern California, avoiding the weekends and holidays is your best bet for shorter lift lines.
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The closest lodging options are going to be in Wrightwood Village, just 3 miles from the ski area. The Canyon Creek Inn has comfortable, affordable rooms and cabins with mini fridges and coffee makers, all within walking distance of restaurants and shopping in Wrightwood, while the Bear Mountain Lodge offers a sprawling mansion in the hills of Wrightwood with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, also within walking distance of the village. A popular VRBO option is the Little Pines Cabin , a two-bedroom woodsy home that sleeps up to seven people, with a stone fireplace, wooden sauna and wrap-around deck looking out to the mountains.
The Los Angeles International Airport, about 90 minutes away, or John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, about 75 minutes away, are your best bets for reaching Mountain High by air. From the airports there are numerous shuttles and car rental options. There is also a regular shuttle bus to Mountain High operated by Rally, which makes regular round-trips to the resort from the Los Angeles Area.
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