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Much-needed snow falls at local ski resorts

February 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
After a relatively dry winter in the Southland, local ski resorts and their patrons enjoyed a lot of fresh powder Monday afternoon.

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"Very slow," is how Heidi Bishop described business this winter in Wrightwood.

At High Mountain Riders, ski and snowboard rentals have been down this year.

"We often call this a 'bored shop' for that reason, when there's that little snow," said Gary Hopkins of the rental shop.

They're hoping this snow storm can help change things.

"I haven't had any trust toward the storms this year, I expected them all to fizzle out like they have," Hopkins said. "I call it a cough, really. It's like they cough snow on us and blow away."

At Mountain High Resort, all of the natural snow added to an already nice layer of man-made snow.

"Now we've got about 1 to 2 inches of fresh snow on the ground already and it will continue to accumulate throughout the day," said Kim Hermon of Mountain High Resort.

For those who like fresh powder, and relatively uncrowned slopes, Monday was a perfect day.

"It's definitely a good day to take off Monday and come up here, it's not as crowded," said Josh Rushia of Ontario. "It's kind of blown out with snow, but it's still nice."

Snowfall was on and off in the Cajon Pass, but it remained opened through the afternoon.