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Mountain High Resort

 

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Comfort Suites Ontario Airport  

 

Hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast and Internet access, indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$99 and up 

 

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Ontario at Ontario Mills CA 

 

Hotel has 79 guest rooms and 38 suites offering complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and Internet access, microwave and refrigerator in all rooms, pool, whirlpool and fitness center. 

Extra person charges may apply 

 

$89 and up 

 

Holiday Inn Ontario Airport 

 

180 guest rooms and suites with offering complimentary Internet access, pool, hot tub and fitness center.  

Extra person charges may apply  

$104 and up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Additional lodging options available in Ontario, California and see Lodging for more information.

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Mile High Pizza 

 

Grizzly Cafe

 

Evergreen Cafe located at 1269 Evergreen Road, Wrightwood, CA 92397; (760) 249-6393

  • Additional dining options available in Wrightwood and Ontario, California.

 

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Mountain High Resort
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If you were to name the most popular resorts in America or the ski areas open the greatest number of hours, Mountain High Resort in Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains would likely not be on your list. But it should be! Mountain High is like 2 ski resorts in one, consisting of two separate areas with entirely different terrain. The East Resort offers 1,600 vertical feet of uninterrupted corduroy plus exciting steeps like the Olympic Bowl, Southern California's steepest, longest bump run. Its highest point provides the perfect setting for the Grand View Bistro, the mountain's gourmet restaurant, surrounded by 40 acres of fantastic beginner terrain. For accommodation the nearest town is Wrightwood 5km/3 miles at a height of 6,000ft/1828m above sea level where peace and quiet are a major feature.

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Pros: Fun, varied terrain; short/no lines at peak times; amazing trail/lift layout and grooming; pretty views of the mountains and desert; great value

Cons: Busy in early season, on 2-day weekends, and when the L.A. folks see a lot of snow on the hilltops; Way understaffed rental office; low elevation

Mountain High faces daunting challenges: three small areas with a few miles between them; low elevation; unreliable snowfall; a very small town at the base. But what they do within those limitations is remarkable--amazing snowmaking and grooming; fantastic lift and trail layout; a fun atmosphere; and surprisingly short lift lines most of the time. And for such a small town, Wrightwood can be charming and a lot of fun. It's also a very easy drive, with no passes to cross, no switchbacks, and great plowing/cindering. The customers and employees generally seem friendly, and it's a surprisingly international clientele, with tourists from around the world seeking (I'm guessing) to fulfill their dream of surfing and skiing on the same day.

 

West Resort: this is the main area, and often the only one open. It's efficient, has great runs, and the snow maintenance team really puts in the work to make it a great experience for boarders and skiers. Even on crowded days, you can generally avoid more than a minute or two in line by sticking to the upper mountain. The Bullwheel Bar & Grill has surprisingly good food and a full bar, good for replenishing after shooting some of the steeper pitches at West. Don't rent at the West Resort--the lines get out of control even on slow days. But there are great, affordable rental options in Wrightwood (Benny's is my favorite). The night skiing is fun, and Californians don't generally bring layers, so the resort empties out around 5:30 or 6:00 and you have the lifts pretty much to yourself.

 

East Resort: Long, challenging cruisers with an ocean view from the top! But the lower elevation means that they don't open as often or stay open as long, and the snow condition can be pretty variable. Olympic Bowl is the scariest-looking lift-served run I've seen anywhere I've been--I haven't actually tried it (and can't imagine I will), but it looks like even serious experts might face a challenge here without needing to hike.

 

North Resort: Reliant on natural snow, so it hasn't been open much in recent years--but it's a great spot to get away from the crowds! On a holiday weekend with fresh snow, I once had to wait behind a family boarding the quad together--but other than that, I've never seen a lift line at North.

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Pros: Easy Drive

Cons: Very Very Very Small, Poor Snow, Almost all terrain park, Very crowded

I am sad to say Mountain High is my home mountain. But if you live in Southern California its is one of the best options within an hours drive. Go 5 hours and your at Mammoth, 8 hours and your at Tahoe. But its hard to beat a 40 minute drive. They cater to the Southern California skate culture, therefore its one big terrain park. Its a great place to learn to ski or board but other than that stay away if possible.