Hardcore skiers and snowboarders will have to wait until next season to ski what is widely regarded as the best natural terrain accessible by a lift in Southern California. Recent warm weather and the second consecutive dry season have taken their toll and forced Mount Baldy to stop winter operations unusually early.
Without access to a large reservoir for snowmaking, Mount Baldy could not account for Mother Nature's lack of cooperation the same way other resorts could. Due to such an early closure, the mountain is offering a rollover season pass for $149 for current passholders. The mountain is also continuing its virtual pass for $89, allowing skiers and snowboarders to ride an unlimited number of days as long as reservations are made one day in advance. Without a reservation, they can still ski for $30 on any given day with the virtual pass.
Though ski season has ended at Mount Baldy, visitors can still take scenic rides on Chair 1 from Friday through Sunday between 8 am and 6 pm, providing a head start for hiking neighboring peaks in the area such as Mount San Antonio and Telegraph Peak. Mount Baldy will also be operating its Notch restaurant from Friday through Sunday.
All other ski resorts in Southern California are still operating as conditions permit, though snow depths are relatively low even for this time of year.