The Southern California freestyle crowd now has the superpipe at [R43R, Bear Mountain] for tricks. The resort threw open the metaphorical gates on its superpipe for the season earlier this month, thanks to a deep snowpack built up by El Nino.

The competition-class pipe stretches 18 feet high, 580 feet long, and 65 feet wide. "Every year we anticipate the opening of Bear Mountain's Superpipe," said Bear Mountain team rider, Scott Vine. "There is nothing like dropping into a freshly cut pipe. It's pretty unreal that a world-class style pipe is available in sunny Southern California every winter."

Riders not ready for the walls on the superpipe can still hone skills on the resort's halfpipe. The halfpipe's wall climbs 12 feet high.

Bear Mountain's terrain parks sport more than 100 features now with combinations of snow features and human-engineered creations. Look for spines, hips, transfers, cheese wedges, rollers, bumps, jibs, boxes, rails, logs, and tanks. Park features get overhauled during the season, which adds a new feel and new lines.

Advanced skiers and riders looking for a bit of instruction in the pipe or park can take a one-hour clinic offered daily at 1:45 p.m. The Go With A Pro clinics cost $20.

More information. Or call 909-866-5766.