thanks for the reality slap and waking me from my work dream Fantasyland. I got sucked in by reading some Mount Baldy and Waterman reviews on First Tracks. Those are the places that are worth a visit.Baldy is highly unlikely in December. In Big Bear, the resorts blow whenever possible. The issue is our weather. Even though we are a mountain town, we are quite far south and can remain warm well into December. I am not optimistic that we will have much open in early December..
Baldy and Waterman are worth it, but I agree with @Pat AKA mustski that early December is too early, sad to say. Snow Summit/Big Bear has some of the best snowmaking capabilities around, but if it's warm, they can't do much about it.Those are the places that are worth a visit.