Anyone else going to be up?
California/Nevada 2018/2019 Southern California Thread - Big Bear, Mountain High, Baldy, Wrightwood, etc.
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Skied Baldy yesterday (2/24) for the first time and conditions were pretty fantastic. Groomers were fairly firm with some soft bumps on the sides. Trees and bowls, which is 80% of what we skied, were chopped up some, but there were still a few fresh powder stashes (6-10” deep) and most everything was skiing pretty darn great. Despite the great conditions we only waited a few chairs to go up and later in the day it was basically ski on.
Only one lift was open for real skiing (chair 3) but there is such variety to explore with basically everything open, you can just choose your spot to drop in and go from there. There was still some rock exposure, but it was pretty minimal considering. They are also open to the bottom to ski back to the parking lot (experts only sign), and there is still decent skiing, but beware of way more rock exposure & gravel in the snow. I think this is where I did a number on one of my bases. Overall, it was one of the best ski days I’ve had in a while and only ~30 min from my house!
If you love some trees & bumps, get up to Baldy before it all melts away. Finally, my new slogan that I really think they should use. “Mt. Baldy, where EVERY day is retro day!”
Last edited: Feb 25, 2019
Hi @river-z, if you see this today, check out South bowl (skiers far left off chair 3). Snow was great last w/e, but there is a long traverse/cat track to get back to the lift. Let us know how the snow is, might go for a few hours tomorrow or Sunday.
Edit: after checking the weather, maybe not. R both days this w/e.
It was a good, interesting day at Baldy. The snow is a bit thin and seems to have gone through the freeze-melt cycle a few times. Exposed areas are back to dirt. The conditions were kinda weird in the morning: mushy in the high traffic areas and hard/icy everywhere else. Fortunately it softened up in the afternoon and I had a good time skiing the terrain that goes through the trees. Definitely worth the visit especially since it’s so much closer to home for me.
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I saw that spot but not until my way out, looking back from the top of chair 2. During the day, I saw some faded tracks from people who had done the traverse but never actually saw anybody do it, and didn't really realize what that bowl was till too late. It looked pretty well covered with snow yet and I kind of regret not having gone over there. Oh well, gives me a reason to go back.
Skied SS and BM today and it was good. The snow from last week is holding up nicely in the relatively cool weather. There was even some leftover chopped up fresh stuff on the ungroomed runs that wasn't too hard if it was in the sun.
Now if only I could get improved conditions on the 605 ...
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