First time at Mt Baldy - good for intermediate/advanced; so-so for beginners

by: ski70 - Jan 3, 2010

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 2
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 0

    Pros: Close to home, crowd-free

    Cons: Slow lift, poor sign/directions

    Recommended For: Singles

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2010

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We went skiing at Mt Baldy on Jan 2nd, 2010. It was a good day except for the initial poor experience at the ticket counter. We had some difficulties with a ticket sales person named Kimmy who was unfriendly and incompetent.

Slope condition: The intermediate and advanced runs were decent but were quite empty. We hardly ran into many skiers/snowboarders on our way down the slope. The snow was slushy with some patchy areas.

Info for families: We had some beginners and kids in our group. The beginner area was small. The beginner run was mediocre at best. This is NOT your typical ski resort like Mammoth or Lake Tahoe. Just a ski slope with a tiny rental shop (bet up skis/snowboard) and an average restaurant. Come to Mt Baldy if you know how to ski/snowboard and just want something close to home with crowd-free slope.

Tip: To avoid long lines going back down to your car, I'd suggest leaving around 3pm. If you stay past 3:30pm, please keep in mind that there are TWO lines to take the lift back down. If you have a ski/snowboard ticket, wait in the shorter line as they get priority on the lift. The long line is for "scenic ride" visitors who are only up there for tubing and snow play. We did not know about this and waited in line for 35 min before learning about this.