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.
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=Cqo1s7Yghrohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh317Qa9LzQ
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..