Mount Baldy in Southern California caused quite a bit of a stir when they reopened on 22nd April, giving them the enviable title of ‘Only Ski Resort Open in North America’. As other resorts all remained closed and stared longingly at the snow that continued to fall, Mount Baldy decided to reopen, albeit with stringent social distancing measures in place, to allow locals some final turns before winter ended.
Originally closing on March 22nd along with the rest of the industry, the resort then reopened on April 22nd, under the logic that if golf courses were able to reopen, so could they. With 800-acres the ski area is more than 4x the size of an average golf course and reduced their occupancy by more than 90%.
However, all good things must come to an end, and this weekend just gone was the last one of the season, according to a social media post from the resort. Warmer weather has melted much of their snow and it’s time to start thinking about summer activities.
A number of Colorado resorts have been making noises recently about reopening. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has ordered them all closed until May 23rd but has personally said that skiing on Memorial Day could happen. Aspen, A-Basin, and Breckenridge have all shown interest in reopening in May.
Located 45 miles or just about an hour northeast of Los Angeles, CA, in the San Gabriel Mountains on Mount San Antonio, Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts is part of the Angeles National Forest. Baldy is approximately 40 miles northwest of the San Bernardino International Airport, but the closest airport is Ontario International Airport (ONT), about 30 minutes south of the ski resort. Mt. Baldy has a summit elevation of 8,600-feet and boasts 2,100-feet of vertical with 26 trails serviced by 4 ski lifts.