Winter finally arrives at local ski resorts


The first good dump of snow of the year caused traffic chaos in the upper elevations of Los Angeles County's mountains today.

And snow was reportedly sticking to the pavement on Interstate 5 over the Grapevine at dawn this morning, but flurries tapered off and the eight-lane freeway over the mountains remained open.

Traditional snow play areas west of Frazier Peak were too low to get
any snowfall from the latest storm, so no traffic jams developed there.

But CHP officers were directing traffic at the high-altitude Mountain High Ski Area, near Wrightwood, where large numbers of skiers and snow play enthusiasts were jamming roads and parking areas today.

State Highway 2 was open from the high desert to the ski area with no chain requirements. But the Big Pines Highway between Palmdale and Wrightwoodhad chain requirements.

And Highway 2 remained closed between Islip Saddle and Big Pines Highway, as snow is not removed from that road all winter.

Meanwhile: Some skiers and snowboarders got turned back because they didn't have snow chains on their cars, but those who made it through had plenty of white stuff to play in.

At Mountain High, all the runs are open and all five lifts are running.

Leah Uko reported on conditions at the resort.


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