Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood will open today at high noon making this its earliest opening in history. The opening was made possible by a cold winter storm that dropped up to 18 inches of new snow overnight. Traditionally, the Southern California resort opens in mid November with November 3rd being its earliest start until now.

Says John McColly, Director of Marketing, “When I went to bed it was fall and when I woke up it was winter. You can’t believe the amount of snow that fell overnight.

This marks the 8th season in a row that Mountain High has been the first resort to open in Southern California. The Blue Ridge Express high speed quad will be in operation today accessing three trails consisting of mostly intermediate terrain. Thanks to additional snowmaking, coverage is very good on the open runs and guests can expect a mixture of heavy powder and packed powder. No terrain features will be available today due to the early opening but the resort will have several rails and boxes on the hill tomorrow including new features such as the Gateway Box, the Long Ranger, and the Ledge plus old favorites like the Toolbox, the Kinked Box and more.

Currently all roads are open and clear with no restrictions however chains are always recommended when traveling in the winter mountains.

Discount ticket rates will be in effect at just $30 for a 4-hour ticket, $35 for an 8-hour ticket, $27 for a night ticket and $17 for a child’s ticket, ages seven to twelve. Operating hours are 8:30am to 10:00pm midweek and 8:00am to 10:00pm weekend.

Just in time for winter, Mountain High’s season passes are on sale but only until Sunday, October 31st. Right now guests can get an adult, anytime season passes valid any day or night during the 2004/05 season for just $299.00. That’s $200.00 off the regular rate. Additional benefits include hands-free lift access, guaranteed admittance during sellouts, 10% off non-sale retail items and 10% off adult ski and snowboard lessons (age 13+). For the quickest processing, guests may purchase their passes online at www.mthigh.com or call toll free (888) 754-7878.