Mountain High sailed through last winter with one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in the resort's history. The adrenaline from the past season has prompted resort officials to make plans to install what may be one of the longest terrain parks in the country.
Mountain High, which can suffer from Southern California winter droughts and rain, benefited last season from consistent weather. "We had plenty of natural snowfall and good conditions for making snow," Marketing Director John McColly told OnTheSnow.com. "An early opening got us out of the gate quickly, and we had a great, consistent season." That combination resulted in the resort running for its longest season ever-a total of 186 days from Oct. 29 through May 2.
The long season also paid off in visitation numbers. The resort amassed enough skiers and riders to become the third best season and the highest revenue-grossing season ever.
The success of last season has mountain managers primed to get the action going as early as possible this winter, too. Snowmaking will be ready to roll by mid-October with the potential of opening First Tracks at the bottom of east Resort as soon as feasible.
Mountain High also tested the slopes last winter at East Resort for putting up park features. "That side of the resort is perfect for a terrain park," added McColly. For this winter, Mountain High will install a full time top-to-bottom 1.5-mile-long terrain park. That length may qualify it as one of the longest in the nation. A new urban-style stair feature will be added to the park this winter, and the resort aims to host a Louie Vito signature snowboarding event.
Those skiers and riders who ventured last year into Sugar Bowl--a 35-acre area off the West Resort-will find the basin closed this year. The region is not included in Mountain High's permitted terrain and requires approval from Angeles National Forest for use. Out-of-bounds skiing and riding is not permitted from the resort.
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