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Mountain High Begins Snowmaking in Anticipation of Opening Day

November 5, 2008

Mountain High Begins Snowmaking in Anticipation of Opening Day

Mountain High began its first snowmaking operations of the season late last night. Within a 10 hour window the snowmaking crew laid down several inches of new snow on four trails at the West Resort. Temperatures are forecasted to drop into the twenties tonight and snowmaking is expected to continue whenever possible. An opening date has not been set, however the start to Southern California’s winter season could take place within the next several days, weather permitting. Long term forecasts are calling for possible natural snowfall beginning Sunday with potential for frequent Pacific storms and snow through mid-November.

“We had a window of about 10 hours of good snowmaking last night and if the weather cooperates, we plan to resume snowmaking tonight,” said Karl Kapuscinski, President and CEO of Mountain High. “We look forward to opening as soon as possible and being the first resort to open in Southern California for the 12th year in a row.”

Thanks to an extensive snowmaking system covering 80 percent of its terrain, Mountain High is traditionally the first resort to open and the last to close in Southern California. Mountain High has one of the largest snowmaking systems in the country and, on a good night, can make enough snow to cover a one mile stretch of the 405 freeway with a foot of new snow.

This season snowmaking efficiency has been increased by installing 25 new top-of-the-line Ratnik snowmaking nozzles. The nozzles utilize a new patent-pending design requiring half the amount of compressed air for snowmaking. This results in increased efficiency, reduced fuel consumption, and energy savings. Best of all, manmade snow is real snow. It is made using only two ingredients: compressed air and water.

A limited number of Mountain High season passes are still available at a discounted price of $349 (save $250). Visit for details.

Video footage and additional photos are available. Please contact Laura Johnson at (760) 316-7830 or [email protected].

Photos: Snowmaking at Mountain High, November 5, 2008.