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First of April business trip in Irvine, California, where to ski?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi all!

 

I am going to a product launch the first of April and will probably aim

to ski the first Sunday.

 

Any recommendations?

 

There are a few resorts about 40 minutes out, are they worth a look?

 

Will they still have enough cover this late in the game?

 

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 17

Go to Snow Summit or Big Bear (more for snowboarding).  They should still be open.  Note that it will get slushy in the afternoon.

 

Bonne chance

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks! I love the slush!

post #4 of 17

A question from a Canadian?..........Mammoth.......... That is unless you like dealing with a consistent level of immature alpha "kewl dudes", poor terrain and crappy conditions south of there......... I feel it's worth the trip north....... But it's your money and your time. I say use them both wisely.


Edited by skimalibu - 3/14/11 at 11:36pm
post #5 of 17

From Irvine, Summit/Bear is about 2 hours, not 40 minutes.  Mammoth would make a for a very long day trip, though if you could drive out Saturday night to ski Sunday, it's definitely worth considering.

post #6 of 17
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Any other suggestions?


I don't know anything about the SoCal resorts but would suggest you also think about routing your flights through SLC.  It's a Delta hub and also Jet Blue (which flies into Long Beach CA near Irvine).  There are shuttles (and cheap rental cars) that make it really easy to get a high quality ski day less than an hour from SLC airport.  Again, I don't know anything about the SoCal resorts but I'd guess it's Utah is a pretty safe bet that time of year, especially if you aim for either of the Cottonwood Canyons (ie Alta, Snowbird, Solitude or Brighton) . 

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

How long a drive would Mammoth be?

post #8 of 17

About 5 to 6 hours from LA.  Could still be winter snow conditions up top?  Mammoth will likely be open at least til 4th of July this season.  Lot's of snow this season.

post #9 of 17

Drive to Mammoth depends on where you are staying in the L.A. area (staying in Irvine?) and also depends on traffic. Bwahahahahaha! I laugh because traffic on the 405 ALWAYS sucks. If you're driving from Irvine, you might take the 5. Once you are out of L.A., the drive is REALLY easy and fast. (Just don't speed too much as the CHP love to patrol most of 395 to catch the speeding skiers.) It's also one of the most beautiful drives you will see once you hit the Owens Valley, just north of Ridgecrest. There are two two-lane stretches on the road that are quite short, but other than those, 4-lane highway that literally goes straight up the valley.

 

I did my first trip to one of the local SoCal resorts two weeks ago. The snow turned into glue in the afternoon. And it really IS about a 2.5 hour drive, without traffic (which on a Sunday going that direction shouldn't be heinous.) The main road to the local resorts is also closed due to being washed out this winter. The alternative adds 15 minutes and is really windy and everyone, in typical SoCal fashion, appears to be racing it. The local mountains are getting a fresh foot this weekend, but that will glue up quickly with the warmth here.

 

Mammoth is world class. Just be prepared for the SoCal atmosphere of everyone out for themselves. (Can you tell how much I love it here?) But it really is worth the drive. Conditions will still be fantastic.

 

ETA you will not have to head up the 5 OR 405, but instead the 15 to the 395. The 395 is two-lane for quite a long time, but has ample passing zones and very little traffic. Let us know what you decide to do!


Edited by contesstant - 3/17/11 at 7:14am
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the tips!

 

I would plan on going up Sat evening, ski all day sunday and drive down sunday evening,

 

Is it good to lodge directly at Mammoth Lakes?

post #11 of 17

Yeah try Shilo Inn. It works for me.

post #12 of 17

Yes, you definitely want to stay right near the mountain. Many options, with pretty much all having shuttle access. The Shilo Inn is at a great location right across the street from Footloose Sports, which is a great place to rent demo skis AND boots if you need them.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hmmm, I definately see everything fall into place!

 

I guess I will ski the Mammoth's back!

 

Thanks everyone for the advice!

post #14 of 17

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Originally Posted by MasterGoa View Post

Thanks for the tips!

 

I would plan on going up Sat evening, ski all day sunday and drive down sunday evening,

 

Is it good to lodge directly at Mammoth Lakes?

Looks like you're gonna hit it just right.  Mammoth just got 12+ inches and the forecast is for anywhere from 8 to 18 for tomorrow and Sat. Then its snowshowers/snow for each day, from Sunday thru the week into the following Sat - the 26th.

Daytime temps of low to mid-teens (fahrenheit) at the top with mid 20's at the Main Lodge. This should keep the snow dry enough. Even if it warms a bit by the time you get there, the snow on the upper mtn and shaded areas should be fantastic! Bring layers, you could be scorched on a SUnny day or freeze your butt on a 'breezy', overcast day.

Mammoth is known for 'Breezy' conditions...

 

Lodging at the mtn or in Mammoth Lks Village, either works.  If you;re in town, it's only a 10 minute free shuttle to Main Lodge - free shuttle is THE BEST way to get to the mtn and back to lodging in town.

 

I'm heading up tomorrow, so expecting 3 days of POW!  Will report back on Tuesday...

 

post #15 of 17

Well, did you go? And if so, how was it!?

post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Ha... You do not want to know...

 

Because of a crappy internal administrative

procedure, I could not book a flight ahead of the business

meeting, so I flew in on Monday and it started on Monday evening.

It has been sorted out since then, however it was too late and

I lost my reservations...

 

Mammoth will have to wait for my next Cali trip :(

 

On the other hand, weather was really nice, you guys go AWESOME

Mexican restaurants *and absolutely delicious hostesses names Sandra)

and world class Sushi as well!

 

I really appreciate the tips and wrote everything down for the next time!

post #17 of 17

Well that BLOWS! Glad you enjoyed the dining and hostesses, though ;)

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