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Boarders may have to wait to shred Waterman

February 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Even though slopes are in great condition, Mt. Waterman Ski Resort remains closed because of the recent storm.The owners of the three-run ski area are hoping the five feet of snow will not melt away before skiers and snowboarders can enjoy it.

Mt. Waterman is right off of Angeles Crest Highway and it's the only Southern California ski area that hasn't opened this season.

"It's very tough. We have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Craig Stewart, owner of Mt. Waterman. "It is very unfortunate. I know a lot of people that have been customers for years would love to be up here and ski."

The reasons for the closure vary.

First, Angeles Crest Highway remains closed because of the damage the last series of storms did to the road. Four parts were washed out on the lower end of Angeles Crest.

According to Caltrans, it may be the end of March when it'll reopen.

And secondly, Mt. Waterman is only open on holidays and on weekends.

Owners hope with the new batch of snow on the way this will be the first time the resort will open this season.

The key is if Caltrans and L.A. County deem it safe to re-open the main road.

"I'd love to open this weekend, but I doubt it is going to be able to happen," said Stewart. "For safety factors, I think the county will be shutting the roads down not allowing people up. And since the county's portion of the road will be closed, there is no reason for Caltrans to open their portion of the highway."