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New Year's Day to see crowds at local mountain resorts

December 31, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The cold weather is good news for local ski resorts. If you're looking for snow on New Year's Day, you'll find it - but you won't be alone!

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Monday morning, there was plenty of traffic on Highway 2 through Wrightwood. And up at Mountain High Resort, the parking lot was full.

"Hard packed snow, nice weather, just too many people," described Sam Tracy from Riverside.

Sharon Rizzi from Palos Verdes said it took her four hours to get from one parking lot to a stop sign in town. She said that same trip usually takes her six minutes.

The resort expects even bigger crowds for New Year's Day, but for skiers and snowboarders, conditions on the slopes are just fine.

"Couldn't get much more beautiful than this," said Jeff Tillquist of Ventura. "Doesn't get more fun than this, an hour away from L.A., doesn't get much better."

The snow is light and fluffy, so making a 6-foot snowman was quite a feat.

"The snow is really light so it didn't stick very well so they had to pad it all night to get him to form, and then 1 in the morning, I had to give them hot chocolate and soup, they were so cold," described Marion Hall of Wrightwood.

There was a cold bite in the air up in Wrightwood.

"I took my hat off and I'm like, 'Oh this is fine,' but then it got windier, it's just really cold right now, not what I'm used to," said Robert Reza of Woodland Hills.

For those who wanted a taste of winter in the mountains, this New Year's Eve was perfect.

"We're originally from Orange County and thought it'd be nice for the kids to see snow for the first time," said Douglas Shearer from Rancho Santa Margarita. "So far they love it."