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Local mountains get fresh blanket of snow

February 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The weekend storm has put an even bigger smile on the faces of skiers and snowboarders. Several inches of fresh powder fell on many local ski resorts Saturday, making the slopes nearly irresistible. The holiday weekend for President's Day is sure to draw crowds of snow sport lovers to the mountains.

At Mountain High, the base is already at its highest level in five to six years. Three to four feet of snow is currently on the ground, and another foot of snow is expected over the next couple of days, so the good news keeps coming.

It was a picture perfect day in the San Gabriel Mountains Monday, whether you came up to ski or snowboard or just to play around in the snow.

"After the rain, we decided there was going to be a lot of snow here so we are just going to have fun," said Ruby Felicilda of Anaheim.

When asked what he likes about the snow, La Habra Heights resident Andrew Baldonado replied, "You can make snowball with it and slide on it and also make a snow man," and said he definitely likes playing in the snow more than school.

Even at a very young age, Baldonado's accuracy in throwing a snowball is top notch. He came up with his father who says it's been quite a while since he has seen this much snow in Wrightwood.

"It's been about five years. Five to six years since we had this much coverage," said Jose Baldonado.

That means an excellent snow pack for skiers and snowboarders at Mountain High.

"Good, nice and soft. Fortunately, better for falling," Santa Barbara resident Emily Revolinsky described the snow.

"I love it. It's nice to have some snow down here and not have to travel as far to get to it. Better conditions," said another person enjoying the snow.

Although some did travel far to get here, Brent Richardson is from Bermuda.

"I have to tell you, I have only been up here for 20 minutes, I'm sore. I couldn't figure out why I got these butt pads, but yeah," said Richardson.

Needless to say, he is not used to the snow but says he could get used to the Southern California winter.

"We are rather fortunate to come up here and see some snow. It's nice because you can go from here and then go to Newport Beach and put your feet in the sand all in the same day," said Richardson.

Monday, it was mostly overcast with some sun peeking through. With the storm approaching, it will be even more overcast for the next few days. As far as the roads go, they were clean and dry Monday with easy access to the mountains. However, conditions can change rapidly, so be advised of possible chain requirements before heading up.