Night owls can hit the slopes of three Southern California resorts for evening skiing and riding. The resorts launch night skiing before or during the holidays.
Tickets for night skiing and riding cost less than day tickets at all resorts, and skiing under the lights adds a quieter ambience to the slopes. Be sure to call the resorts to check on conditions before driving up, as night operations can be suspended for nasty weather.
Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood is the only Southern California ski area that runs lifts every night of the week, but only at its West Resort. Lifts start running nightly Dec. 17 for the season.
Night sessions at Mountain High run 5-10 p.m. Tickets cost $25-30, depending on age. Tickets for holiday and peak weekends increase to $30-35.
Snow Summit at Big Bear Lake offers night skiing on weekends and holidays throughout the season on the beginner run, Upper Miracle Mile, Summit, and Westridge Park. Night sessions are scheduled Dec. 17-23, Dec. 25-Jan. 1, plus Fridays Jan. 7-March 4 and Saturdays Jan. 8- March 12. Two Sundays have night skiing: Jan. 16 and Feb. 20.
Night tickets at Snow Summit run $15-33, depending on age. Holidays and peak weekend rates jump to $25-45.Night tickets are valid 3-9:30 p.m. Half-Night tickets, which are valid starting at 7 p.m., cost $10-23 with regular rates or $20-33 on holidays and peak weekends.
Snow Valley Mountain Resort at Running Springs has night skiing on the front side of the mountain, including The EDGE, Mambo Alley, and Eagle Flats. The resort launches night skiing Dec. 26-Jan. 1. It also is available Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 7-March 19 plus Sunday nights Jan. 16 and Feb. 20.
Night sessions, which run 3 to 8 p.m. cost $12-29, depending on age for regular nights. Holiday rates bump up to $22-33.