SoCal Ski Season Underway

By Whitney Southwick
|  Thursday, Nov 15, 2012  |  Updated 2:25 PM PDT
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A still image provided by the Big Bear web cam shows conditions as of 7:14 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

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All it takes to get the ski and snowboard season underway is a little cooperation from Mother Nature.  And, that's exactly what happened over the weekend: first, a few inches of the "natural",  followed by near-perfect snow making conditions.

Mountain High at Wrightwood opened yesterday and Bear Mountain at Big Bear opens today.  And, in honor of Veterans Day both resorts are offering a free day on the slopes to all active or retired military with a valid ID.

While Friday's weak storm dropped only 3" - 8" of the "real" it also brought in and left behind very cold temperatures and fairly low humidity levels.  The combination makes for ideal snow-blowing, which means a 12"-18" base on the slopes.

Ok, not all the runs are open but come on, it's only mid-November and that's a nice, early start in anyone's book.  The good news, two more storms are lining up and could/should bring more natural snow over the next week and more cold temperatures for making snow.

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