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Southland ski resorts welcome fresh powder

January 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Local ski resorts welcomed the first notable snowfall in a month Monday. They hope the fresh powder will draw skiers and snowboarders to the slopes.

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It was snowing all Monday morning at Mountain High Ski Resort, but some of the heaviest snow started falling just before lunch time. The wind was blowing so hard at times, it seemed like it was coming down sideways. About 2 to 3 inches of snow had come down by the evening.

"We're looking at good crowds coming this week," said Kim Hermon of Mountain High Ski Resort. "Tomorrow is 2 for 1 Tuesday, so we're hoping we see a lot of crowds and a real good spark for the winter season. It's winter again up here at Mountain High."

Many decided to hit the slopes after hearing of the snowfall.

"Lucked out," said Whittier resident Joseph de Dios. "Today was Monday, first day of school, actually, but I have class at 7 tonight so I am trying to get my run in, my first session of the season, and it's a perfect day to start."

It's a beautiful day to go to the mountains, but officials warned those heading to the San Gabriel Mountains to remember to bring tire chains. Caltrans said chains were required on Highway 2 from the Los Angeles County side to the Mountain High Ski Resort.

"Snowy, very snowy," said Hesperia resident Ashley Rose. "We actually had to put the chains on the car because it wouldn't go. It was getting really thick out there. But the snow is good and we are going down the slopes so we are having fun."

The conditions in Wrightwood should be great for skiers and snowboarders for the next couple days after the storm passes.

There was no major snow in the San Bernardino Mountains Monday night. But as the temperature dropped, the snow and slush on the roads created slick conditions, catching some drivers by surprise.

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Like many other Big Bear residents, Tess Henley was hoping the winter storm that passed through Southern California would've brought more snow.

"We were hoping for six inches, but it just didn't happen," Henley said. "It was just a little too warm."