If you’re like me, this time of year is something of an emotional mixed bag. While it’s hard to ignore the siren song of California’s gorgeous spring weather, the reality is that ski season (or, as I like to call it, snowboarding season) is slowly coming to a close. And, unfortunately, the last several weeks of unseasonably warm weather haven’t exactly helped to draw the season out. But you still have time to get in a few runs; at least a taste of snow is predicted Friday into Saturday for the local mountains and decent snowfall earlier in the season means there’s enough base to keep riding for the next three weeks or so.
Lots of people bitch about riding in SoCal, but if Bear Mountain is good enough for Shaun White it’s good enough for me. Plus, Mammoth is really pretty close and they have one of the longest seasons in the country (not to mention a jaw-dropping 17′ base).
If you totally missed out this year and want to avoid repeating your mistake, you should know that Bear just started selling their Screamin’ Deal Passes. They’re good for the rest of this season and all of next and the prices are reduced until June 1st. Plus, if you fancy a quiet hike or a teste-shrinking mountain-bike descent, some versions them are valid all summer as well.