To win an Anytime Mountain High Season Pass (that you can upgrade to a VIP pass with Powder Alliance privileges), see details at the end of this post. The giveaway is open to everyone.
What do you know about Mountain High Ski Resort in Southern California?
I recently asked an L.A.-based friend about skiing there. His reply, “I’ve not skied there for years. Too many punk snowboarders.”
Then he added, “But I’ve got a friend who skis there with his family. Why don’t you ask him?”
So I did.
He and his young children ski Mountain High a lot.
Because of the value pricing, the proximity to Los Angeles, the high quality instruction and the variety of terrain.
He didn’t mention punk snowboarders.
Skiing in the Land of Sun and Sand
Seventy-five minutes from Los Angeles, Mountain High is the closest ski resort to a city better known for surfing than skiing. Yet when you look at the statistics, Mountain High offers a lot.
Located at 6600 feet, Mountain High is actually comprised of three, adjacent and distinct resorts. The highest summit of 8200 feet is found at the top of East Resort, giving that area a vertical drop of 1600 feet. Altogether, there are 290 acres of skiable terrain within a permitted area of 515 acres. There are 14 lifts, including two high-speed quads, and 75% of the terrain is intermediate or advanced.
Mountain High receives an average of 132 inches of snow each winter, plus 80% of the resort has snowmaking, meaning that Mountain High has a long season, usually from mid-November through April.
A Triple Treat
Of the three resorts, the West Resort is the first to open each season, and this is where you might find the “punk snowboarders.” Home to Mountain High’s terrain parks and features, it’s known for it’s progressive technical trails. Concerts, night-skiing, and competitions feature at West Resort. Think young, energetic and vibrant.
East Resort has some of the longest trails in Southern California, including cruisers as long as 1.6 miles. East has a single high speed quad which features startling views of the arid Mojave Desert and a mountain top restaurant. Plenty of cruising terrain is interspersed with moguls and glades to challenge skiers and riders alike. Think alpine scenery, varied terrain and natural beauty.
The North Resort is the newest addition to Mountain High. Located directly across from West Resort, it is super convenient for families. With 70 acres of beginner terrain, it’s a perfect place to practice, especially as I am told that it is “never crowded.”
North is also where you’ll find the North Pole tubing park, a destination in itself. Think families, slipping and sliding and lots of laughter.
Features for Families
So why would a family come to Mountain High? In addition to terrain for all abilities and convenience (no mountain passes, few winding roads), Mountain High is a great place to learn to ski or ride.
The Childrens’ Sports Center, for kids ages 4-12, expanded this season and is now a one-stop spot for rentals, ticketing, reservations and lessons. Access to the Children’s Center has also been improved for beginners with a new magic carpet at the West base.
Also new this season, the learning area at Mountain High has been shaped into terrain-based teaching features which guide skiers and riders gently over banks, berms and more, allowing gravity to help beginners learn how to get the feel of their skis and boards naturally and easily.
For young snowboarders, Mountain High has partnered with Burton, to create a Burton Youth LTR Center. Burton Youth LTR Centers utilize innovative teaching techniques and equipment, including Riglet reels, so that skills like balance, weight transfer and edging can be learned more quickly.
It’s All About Timing
Clearly, the ski and ride school at Mountain High is a big draw, as it should be. But my favorite family feature has nothing to do with the snow, and everything to do with the lift tickets.
Mountain High lift tickets are sold in blocks of time or by points. The Flex tickets are available for 4 or 8 hour blocks, meaning that you can arrive at 10:30 in the morning, purchase a four-hour ticket and ski until 2:30.
This is so much better than having to pay for a ½ day ticket that expires at a certain time. I mean, who among us, hasn’t arrived late to the mountain? During peak season, the resort is open until 10:00 p.m. five nights a week. You could work all morning, arrive at 2:00 p.m. and still ski or ride your legs off.
Point tickets work more like debit cards. Buy a certain number of points and ski all season until they’re gone. Points are deducted each time you ride a lift and can be shared by family and friends.
Also, if your family can ski midweek, check out the new family discount package: for $89 (midweek, non-holiday) get one adult lift ticket, one 12 & under lift ticket and two $10 vouchers for lunch. Lessons and rentals can be added for just $30 per person.
Season Pass Giveaway
Want to ski Mountain High this season? Want to ski it for free?
The Anytime Season Pass is good for skiing and riding any day, any night and anytime at Mountain High. Right now, it’s priced at $349.
Or, you can leave a comment and try to win it for free.
One winner will be chosen from all entries received in a random drawing on Tuesday November 12th.
While the Anytime Pass is a super good value, it gets even better if you upgrade to a VIP season pass. The VIP pass is good at Mountain High and 11 other Powder Alliance resorts across the Western U.S. Other benefits at Mountain High include early ups, specials for friends and family and free tubing park tickets. The VIP pass is currently $399.
So here’s the deal: If you’re the winner, you can take the Anytime Pass for free or upgrade to the VIP pass for $50. That $50 will get you skiing at Crested Butte (CO), Schweitzer (ID), Snowbasin (UT), Stevens Pass (WA) and more. If you’ve got a road trip in you, VIP is the way to go.
So there you have it.
Mountain High is three resorts, with plenty of room for everyone, no matter what your style. It’s got an excellent ski and ride school. It’s convenient and a great value.
Just like I was told.
For more information on Mountain High, including details for first-time visitors, please visit the Mountain High Family Blog.
To facilitate this post, Mountain High donated one Anytime Season Pass for a giveaway. I received no compensation. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Ellen!
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