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which SoCal (near Orange County) resort to take lessons?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Since I'll be in SoCal for a week visiting family....  I am highly considering taking a day to hit the slopes and take a ski lesson

 

(since I'm a snowboarder).....

 

which resort would be the best "value" for lessons....to turn me to the "light side of the force"

 

Baldy

Bear/Snow Summit

Mountain High

Snow Valley

 

Bear/Snow Summit 4-hour lesson looks tempting.

post #2 of 16

snow summit is your best bet

post #3 of 16

Why not try SoCal boarding, since you're comfortable with it already, and then take a ski lesson back east? Mountain High and Bear Mountain both put a lot of work into their parks, and you'd be up there with plenty of other boarders experiencing the SoCal skate/snowboard culture.

 

For first-timer lessons, of you go through with that plan, it probably doesn't matter too much as long as there's snow at the bottom. Mountain High's the easiest/shortest drive; depending on what the weather's doing Snow Valley and/or Snow Summit might be a better choice. Check out the current specials before you head up--all of the areas run different promos all the time.

post #4 of 16
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I'm not a park rider anyway.... nor am I a person that cares about skate culture nor snowboard culture.

 

I'm leaning to Mountain High as it seems to be less expensive... $90 for the package... including rentals.. (plus tax of course)

post #5 of 16
Mtn. High is one of the easiest resorts to drive Too. If they get snow and both East and West are open then skiing will be good
post #6 of 16
If you're coming soon like around president holiday, you might have to hit Snow Summit or Bear. They might have the most snow
post #7 of 16

Skip Mountain High.  We have had too much warm weather to make that worth anything.  If you want to ski, hit Snow Summit.  It's got the best conditions currently and the most varied terrain.  If you are a "never-ever" skier, hit Bear.  It has the better beginner area and also has good snow making.  If you are planning to board - and want park -hit Bear; otherwise hit Summit.  In either case, get there by first chair as conditions will seriously deteriorate around noon.  There is good coverage thanks to man-made technology but the conditions seriously deteriorate by noon.

post #8 of 16
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Roger


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post #9 of 16
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Weather ain't great at snow summit/bear either. May go with the cheapest location as global warming is affecting SoCal.... Climate change is affecting the Northeast


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post #10 of 16
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Weather ain't great at snow summit/bear either. May go with the cheapest location as global warming is affecting SoCal.... Climate change is affecting the Northeast


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Mountain High closed today.  I skied both Summit and Bear this weekend.  The high was around 67!  We skied from 8:00 - 11:00.  We could have kept skiing the peaks (Bear) and the Bowl (Summit) for another hour because the conditions were soft but acceptable (i.e: not manky slush).  We quit because we were concerned about skiing out through the leg breaking stuff at the base.  We were also just too warm!  I am not a t-shirt skier, but confess to letting myself continue to slide after a wipe out because I was enjoying the snow pouring in under my untucked shirt!

post #11 of 16
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I think I flew on top of Big Bear on the way to LAX. They are open tomorrow.... So good thing I'm eastern time zone so I can easily wake up for the drive


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post #12 of 16

Leave by 6AM to be able to eat something up in Big Bear and get the first chairs.

post #13 of 16
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Leave by 6AM to be able to eat something up in Big Bear and get the first chairs.


I left at 5:00 am

Damn, Hwy 330 is a fun road. Got the tires squealing a lot pushing the rental sonata in the curves....

Already shredded a layer. Down to my base layer and shell


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post #14 of 16

Summit or Bear? How is it?

post #15 of 16
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Bear. Keep in mind, I did the lesson package.

From what I hear from others... Decent enough, better than Summit.

It was nearly 70 degrees by Noon


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post #16 of 16

Bear or Summit - it's only decent up top in our recent conditions.  I hope they got you off the base during your lessons.

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