After a short delay this week following four employees who tested positive for coronavirus, Mountain High announced it will open on Saturday, Nov. 14, for season pass holders.

The Wrightwood resort will sell tickets to the general public on Sunday, Nov. 15, according to the website. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance.

Amenities will be limited on opening weekend, including no lessons or rentals and limited food and beverage, though people can bring their own snacks onto the mountain.

“It’s going to be a beautiful weekend so come enjoy your lunch on the sun deck. Indoor access will be limited,” the announcement said. “Guests should be prepared to enjoy an outdoor experience this winter, no matter the conditions. Lodges will be available for restrooms and retail purchases only.”

Snow Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains announced Friday its season start date will be Nov. 16. The six-person chairlift will accommodate a whole family and groups that arrive together, or two singles spaced out on the lift chair. Snow Valley’s 300-foot moving carpet lift in the Children’s Learning Center also lends itself to healthy social distancing, resort officials said.

Snow Summit opens for pass holders on Nov. 18 and 19, and will open to the public on Nov. 20, resort officials announced.

Bear Mountain will also open on Nov. 20, but will only be open Fridays through Sundays, until further notice. Lift tickets, rentals and parking will be available for purchase starting on Nov. 16. Tickets will be sold in advance and only online.

Resorts are eager to open up after a recent storm brought nearly two feet of snow, creating a winter wonderland at local mountains. Like many businesses, local resorts had to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and were only allowed to reopen if certain guidelines were met.

Mountain High had hoped to open mid-week, but after learning of one employee testing positive, others were tested and quarantined while the mountain operators followed contact tracing protocols.

The resort, as many others are, is limiting attendance and put in new technologies such as touchless check-in kiosks. Visitors to the mountain will be required to wear face coverings.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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