Southern California Ski Areas Receive Record-Breaking 6-8 Feet of Snow Over The Last Week

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Big Bear Mountain Resort, CA, lost in the sauce after one of its biggest snowstorms in recorded history dropped six feet of new snow on the mountain over the course of the past week. | Photo: Big Bear Twitter

Mountain High Resort averages 67″ of snowfall a season. Last week, the Southern California ski area located in the San Bernardino Mountains received a 93″ storm total, or nearly 8 feet of new snow.

It’s the largest snowstorm in recent history for the ski area. 

Mountain High has been closed for the past three days due to too much snow and subsequent highway closures into the San Bernardino mountains. The resort, which is currently digging itself out from under eight feet of snow, wrote on its Instagram account in a post:

“The digging out process is underway. We have 80 employees at the resort shoveling and getting the resort ready after the 8 FEET of snow we received. All highways into the San Bernardino county mountains still are closed, and we will not be able to open until the highways are open. With more snow coming tonight, we do not expect opening tomorrow (Wednesday). We will be ready to open as soon as we are allowed to. Stay tuned.”

Even more snow is on the way to Mountain High and at this time it remains unclear when the resort will be able to reopen. When it does, though, it surely is going to be deep.

Also lost in the SoCal powder cloud are Big Bear Mountain Resort and Mt. Baldy Resort, who both reported over six feet of new snow. Both resorts have been struggling to stay open and unburied, with highway closures impacting travel and resort operations. More snow is expected to fall today at these SoCal mountains, with Mountain High forecasting up to another four to eight inches by the end of the day. Avalanche danger is extremely high at these resorts, and both Big Bear and Mt. Baldy won’t open today as a result.

Seasons like this certainly don’t come often, let alone for Southern California. With more snow on the radar for much of the West this week and next, one can’t help but wonder: will it ever stop snowing this season?

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