While most ski areas shut down due to lack of snow, lack of business, or Forest Service regulations, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit can now add fugitives to the list of reasons for closing. Yesterday, a burning truck found on a Forest Service road matched the description of that owned by Christopher Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer accused of embarking on a killing spree as revenge for being fired in 2009. In addition to the local sheriff’s department putting schools on lockdown, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit were also told to close.
This morning, the two resorts announced that they will resume operations today, though local schools are still closed as of this morning. Resumed operations are just in time for fresh snow as 2 inches fell overnight with continuing snowfall predicted throughout the day. In addition to natural snow, this system is expected to bring good snowmaking weather with below-normal temperatures predicted throughout the weekend.
Skiers and snowboarders are advised to check with the two resorts before driving up the mountain as the situation changes. Depending on the results of police searches, another closure is possible at any time until the situation is resolved. Skiers and snowboarders are also advised to check on road conditions before driving up as chain restrictions are also constantly changing.