Hometown Mountain Shoutout: Mountain High, California

Dominic Gawel |
Mountain High West Photo: Mountain High

Mountain High Resort is located in Wrightwood, California, just an hour and a half from downtown Los Angeles. Mountain High comprises three resorts: The East Resort, The West Resort, and The North Resort. Each has its own purpose of making the resort well rounded. Between these three resorts, there are 290 acres of skiable terrain, 1,600 vertical feet, 14 chairlifts, and an average of 117 inches of snow annually. Mountain High is a family-friendly resort with reasonably priced tickets, lessons, and multiple beginner areas.

Mountain High, California Trail Map Photo: Skiresort.info
Mountain High, California Trail Map Photo: Skiresort.info

Mountain High West:

Mountain High West has some of the best terrain parks in the state. Snowboarder: Jesse Paul Photo: Mountain High

Mountain High West is the main resort. There is a wide variety of terrain ranging from beginner to expert, including a world-class terrain park. The West Resort is also home to the best night skiing in Southern California, from 5 PM to 10 PM during the peak season. On powder days, you will find yourself lapping the Conquest chairlift and skiing Inferno Ridge. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Catalina Island from the top of the Conquest chairlift. Mountain High West boasts the best snowmaking of all three resorts. When conditions are right, they can blow a foot of snow top to bottom in one night. Thanks to this incredible snowmaking system, Mountain High West is traditionally the first resort to open in Southern California.

Mountain High East:

Olympic Bowl at Mountain High East. Photo: Mountain High

Mountain High East, aka “The Beast,” has some of the best skiing and riding in Southern California. At Mountain High East, you will find long runs, bumps, and few lift lines. It’s 1,600 vertical feet is serviced by the Mountain High Express, making laps quick and continuous.

Mountain High North:

Mountain High North is primarily for tubing, family skiing, and beginner skiing. The tubing park at Mountain High North hosts 10 lanes. The North Resort was formally known as Table Mountain until 1938 and then changed its name to Ski Sunrise in 1975. In 2004 it was sold to Mountain High. Mountain High North is an unusual  ‘upside down’ ski area where you park at the peak and ski down.

Mountain High West is currently open from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. They have a 12″-18″ base and are offering 7 trails and 5 lifts. Mountain High East and North have not yet opened for the 2020-2021 season. The West Resort has made snow the last three nights, making conditions ideal for this time of the year. They are currently offering 20 terrain features, with a variety of jumps, boxes, and rails.

Snowmaking at Mountain High West. Photo: Mountain High

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