Mountain High in Wrightwood will be able to keep its record intact as the first resort to open in Southern California for the past 15 years by opening its runs Sunday.
"I can't wait," said Sean Christopher, 27, of Phelan. "I bought my passes online and will be there bright and early."
The resort helped spread around some of the white stuff by using snow-making equipment to lay down more than a foot of new snow over the last few days, according to general manager Ben Smith.
At a glance
Several Southern California ski resorts are opening Sunday or Monday. Information is available at:
Mountain High, Wrightwood, www.mthigh.com, 888-754-7878
Bear Mountain, Big Bear Lake, www.bearmountain.com, 909-866-5766
Snow Valley, Running Springs, www.snow-valley.com, 909-867-2751
Mt. Baldy, www.mtbaldyskilifts.com, 909-982-0800
Snow Summit, Big Bear Lake, www.snowsummit.com, 909-866-5766
"We've made tremendous improvements to the West base area, our season pass sale is doing very well and with the hopes of a little extra El Ni o snow, the stage is set for a great season," he said in a news release.
Mt. Baldy and Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake are scheduled to open Monday. Snow Valley's (Running Springs) and Snow Summit's (Big Bear Lake) opening days are just around the corner.
While it's not unusual for Southern California ski resorts to open in mid-November, most try to be ski- and snowboard-ready by or before Thanksgiving, officials said.
Mt. Baldy reported receiving more than an inch of natural snow from Friday's storm. Mountain High and resorts in the Running Springs and Big Bear Lake areas reported more than 2 inches.
Christopher said he will be back at Mountain High Monday with a friend to take advantage of the Veterans Day special.
"He's from down in L.A. and doesn't get up to snowboard too often," he said, "so he's making the trip and taking advantage of the special. I mean, who can pass up free, right?"
To kick off the season, most resorts will be offering a Veterans Day special for current and retired military personnel.
Mountain High and Bear Mountain are offering free lift tickets to all veterans with proper identification on Monday. Mt. Baldy is offering veterans a $15 ski pass, which includes a round trip Sugar Pine chair-lift ticket and a $10 meal voucher for the Top of the Notch restaurant.
Temperatures at the resorts are expected to stay in the mid to high 40s Sunday and into Monday, according to the National Weather Service. No storms are expected to make their way to Southern California over the next few days.
Road conditions are expected to be clear Sunday and Monday, but California Highway Patrol officials remind motorists to always be prepared for cold weather by always carrying snow chains, having enough gasoline in the vehicle just in case drivers become stranded, pack plenty of water and snacks and always have a charged cell phone on hand to call for help, if needed.
They also advise snow enthusiasts to check on road conditions by calling 800-427-7623.