Under the Radar: Rain brings hope to a dry snow season

Christopher Martinez

Los Angeles County has just finished adding on 17 inches of rain and added a fresh 25 inches of snow on average among the resorts in the county, allowing for this weekend to be the best time to get out and hit the slopes.

L.A. county uncommonly enough is home to some of the best ski resorts in the nation along with hosting major competitions from Olympic qualifiers to World Tours.

There are many places to shred fresh powder in the L.A. area but there are 10 that stand out above all others.

These resorts range from an average of 85 miles, with the closest resort being Mount Baldy also known as Mount San Antonio.

Mount Baldy is the most ideal for Californians who want to have a day full of adventure, whether starting with surfing in the morning or hiking in the L.A. mountains.

Mount Baldy is less than an hour and a half drive from Santa Monica and less than an hour from the Los Angeles mountains. It is considered the best region for residents to ski, with a total of 26 trails, 13 of them for advanced skiers and eight for beginners.

A few of other L.A. County resorts home to great trails are Snow Summit at Big Bear and Bear Mountain Ski Resort, which both offer different types of trails and terrain features.

Big Bear is more of family park filled with less features and more popular with kids and beginners, while Snow Summit allows for more advanced skiers and snowboarders with terrain features and night skiing.

Both resorts are ran by Big Bear where they are fortunate enough to offer lift tickets which can be used at either resort. They also offer free lift tickets on your birthday as well as great discount packages.

Mountain High within itself is unique, it is a resort within a resort, offering a North resort which is the smallest of the three, which offers an upside down resort with rentals and lodges at the top of the mountain and have to ski down the trail.

The West resort is the largest of the three offering 34 trails and eight lifts. It has different level terrain allowing for beginners and advanced riders to enjoy the same trails.

The final East resort has the longest trails and the best views of the three resorts looking out over the Mojave Desert. There are 16 different beautiful trails to ride, with not many different terrains meant to enjoy the ride and the view.

Snow Valley is squeezed between Running Springs and Lake Arrowhead.

Snow Valley is one of the resorts that offers a little bit to everyone one with technical trails and beginner trails, also one of the most economical friendly resort with less crowds.

If crowds are something to keep people away than this resort may be perfect because it is the least crowded and more economical.