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I admit, I'm a bit fanatical about my hometown skiing, but it can be REALLY good.
Like this day:
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Originally Posted by MilesB
I admit, I'm a bit fanatical about my hometown skiing, but it can be REALLY good.
Like this day:
Miles .What part of L.A. is this in .I have so missed this on my trips there.

Mammothland near Anaheim maybe?
post #3 of 16
Under the Thunder Mountain Lift at Mount Baldy?How about this area.http://www.sierradescents.com/descen...n-flats-01.php
post #4 of 16
I used to live in OC and ski in So Cal. My favorite thing was to ski one day and then go sailing the next.
post #5 of 16
Hey Miles my post didn't post for some reason .

Where do you ski .?


It is cool the be near a big time city and you can surf, race a cat and go skiing in the same weekend
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Baldy. REPRE-SENTING!
post #7 of 16
Besides skiing in So Cal, while on the mountain you get to hek out all the latest styles in body pierings tattoos and snowboard fashions.
post #8 of 16
How about the new Mt Waterman ski area.
post #9 of 16
Ah SoCal skiing. Fond memories for me too. It may not always be good, but sometimes it was epic. I grew up skiing all the Big Bear resorts since my folks had a cabin there. All I can say is, some of the best skiing I did as a child was at those areas. Then again, making the drive up to Mammoth was great too.

Powdr
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My favorite thing about skiing in SoCal is the fact that I can drive about 1 1/2 hours up the hill, spend the whole day enjoying one of God's most beautiful creations, drive back down to reality, and still get home in time to do other stuff. I have even gone skiing and surfing in the same day (mostly, just to say I did). If you know when and where to go, you can avoid the crowds, attitudes, and graffiti - unless you go to Mountain Low. That place has really become filthy.

Sure skiing in SoCal gets a bad rap and sure, some of it is deserved. But it's a heck of a lot better than not skiing. During the winter, I go at least once a week, whether I really want to or not because I always end up having a good time. Sometimes I even have a great time. And I know that when it's mid-summer, 95 degrees out and I'm stuck at work behind my desk, I do not want to look back with regret at that extra opportunity I had to ski last winter but passed up.


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Originally Posted by MilesB
I admit, I'm a bit fanatical about my hometown skiing, but it can be REALLY good.
Like this day:
Miles, you're right. 2004/05 at Mt. Baldy was incredible. But then 05/06 was really bad. Yeah, there were some pretty good days there toward the end but 05/06 was the perfect example of why it's such a risk to buy Baldy tickets in advance, even if they do pitch them out at 5 for $40. Still, when Mt. Baldy is great, nothing in SoCal even comes close.

Mt. Baldy video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqo1s7Yghro
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh317Qa9LzQ


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Originally Posted by Mammothsnowman
How about the new Mt Waterman ski area.
New Mt. Waterman??? I heard Mt. Waterman closed a couple of years ago and I heard several rumors for the reason why, including, "The owner smashed his head on a tree." I haven't skied Mt. Waterman for years so I never bothered to research the truth. That's not because I didn't like the place. On the contrary, it's like a miniature Mt. Baldy and excellent when it's good.



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post #11 of 16
A frined of mine just got the permit for Mt Waterman. He has Newcomb on staff as well. Waterman is not as small as you think. Think BC like you do at Baldy.
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and milesb

post #13 of 16
Nice shots of Mt. Baldy, i have never seen it like that. I'd have to say that my favorite So Cal resort is without a doubt Snow Summit. It's also the best place to take someone to learn. I gave Mt Baldy 3 shots... and never had a good experience. First time, all that was open was the cat trail, all 3 times ended up being pretty rocky. The lifts are old, missing pieces of wood in some spots where your supposed to sit down, it's funny.

I keep going back because i see the potential, but that run to the parking lot NEVER seems to be open, even after a storm... but maybe i'll give it one more try someday, it's a lot easier drive than bear.
post #14 of 16
That would be friggin awsome if Waterman openned again! You have to love a mountain where the only way down to your car is your choice of 3 honest to goodness black runs. The only problem would be I bet the sherrifs would start busting people again for skiing Avy.
post #15 of 16
My favorites are the short notice daytrip powder days:
http://members.aol.com/crockeraf/pwdrarch.htm
Check out the 7 feet of snow in 54 hours at Baldy in February 2001:
http://members.aol.com/BACrocker/bldy2141.htm
New Year's Day 2005 wasn't too bad either:
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...opic.php?t=423
Baldy figures prominently on my list of best powder days:
http://members.aol.com/crockeraf/vertfeet.htm
While Baldy is the standout area for powder and big mountain terrain, the other areas do have their moments. Oct. 30, 2004 at Snow Summit was the start of my 12 month season: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...opic.php?t=124


Unfortunately we have good seasons here less than half the time:
http://members.aol.com/crockeraf/scalhist.htm

2005-06 was the first season that I did not ski SoCal at all. There was little natural snow before March, and I was on other trips then:
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...pic.php?t=1894
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...pic.php?t=2009
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boa...pic.php?t=2028
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