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Fresh snow falls in local I.E. mountains

April 21, 2010 12:49:04 AM PDT
New snow fell in the local mountains, as low as 3,500 feet. Longtime residents of the area are ready for the winter weather to end.Snow levels dropped to nearly 3,000 feet overnight. That meant a light dusting of snow in Beaumont and Yucaipa. Farther up the mountain nearly 7,000 feet a good four inches of snow fell in Big Bear, enough to extend the winter skiing season a little bit longer.

"I was surfing yesterday and today I'm skiing in four inches of powder. This is as good as any December or January I tell you," said Jim Wade, Long Beach.

And because we're well into spring, skiing is not first and foremost on the minds of most southern Californians which means everyone in the mountains had the space to themselves especially since we were in the middle of the week.

"It's been kind of like that, a lot better than other times but that's what Wednesdays are all about. Maybe I shouldn't give away my secret," said Chris Gowveia, San Diego.

But all things must come to an end. That's also true for one of the best ski seasons Snow Summit has seen since the 1970s.

"I guess we have to thank El Nino at this point. El Nino winters are typically like this. We get a lot of snow and you get these long seasons so we always root for an El Nino season. It brings more moisture to southern California, it brings more snow to Big Bear," said Chris Riddle, Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

Of course you can have too much of a good thing. Many up in the mountains cannot wait to see the snow plows be put away because they're more than ready to watch the flowers start to bloom.

"This is the worst that I've seen in all the years I've been here and like most of us we've had enough," said Stan Blood.

Bear Mountain ski area has closed for the season. Snow Summit is open until Sunday, then on a day-to-day basis.


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