Wrightwood, CA -- January 11, 2008 -- Resort owners celebrated today as the North Resort opened to skiers and snowboarders for the first time since its purchase in November, 2004. Two feet of recent snow made the event possible and local enthusiasts turned out in droves. Located just ¾ of a mile from Mountain High’s West Resort, the area consists of 70 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain, one serviceable lift, and a 6,000 sq ft base lodge with scalable restaurant facilities. Without snowmaking, the North Resort relies on natural snow and, with several light winters, it was only just today that the mountain finally opened.
Says Karl Kapuscinski, President and CEO, “Today is a great day in Mountain High’s history.
Mountain High North is the perfect resort for families and introductory skiers and snowboarders. The rolling terrain offers hours of excitement and all trails culminate at the bottom of the Sunrise Quad. Formerly Ski Sunrise, the North Resort originated in the 1940’s along with other regional resorts such as Mount Waterman, Krakta Ridge and Blue Ridge, now known as Mountain High’s West Resort. During its hay-day in the 1960s and 1970s the area was considered a local’s favorite but saw limited success in the 1990s recently due to high management turnover and the lack of capital investment.
Mountain High now consists of three resorts; East, West, and North. The East Resort offers a true alpine experience with wide open runs, incredible views and the longest trails in Southern California serviced by a single high speed quad. Nearly the entire West Resort is dedicated to its terrain park and jumps & jibs cover more than 80% of the trails. The West Resort is also the only resort in Southern California open 7 nights a week so you can ride under the stars or warm yourself by the fire in the Bullwheel Bar and Grill. A single lift ticket is good at all three areas and there are free shuttles running between the East and West Resorts.
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Mountain High North offers the largest tubing park in Southern California. Up to 14 lanes are available when the area is fully open and there are two 450 foot moving carpets to move guests back up. Operating hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm peak season and tickets which include the tube rental are $18.00 for two hours or $34.00 for all day.
The North Resort will remain open as long as conditions allow so do not miss this exceptional opportunity to ride a piece of Mountain High that most Southern Californian’s never get to see.