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L.A. Story

L.A. Story

It’s the secret of southern California: Less than 50 miles from downtown Los Angeles sits legitimate, steep, big-mountain skiing. It should be busy. Only Mount Waterman got on the wrong side of the Forest Service, took the life of one of its owners, changed hands, and locked out the public. Can a former surf bum rescue it?

Homewood 2011

Homewood

Empty slopes, cheap lift tickets, and arguably the region’s best views of Lake Tahoe.

Mammoth 2011

Mammoth Mountain

Surrounded by the highest peaks in the Lower 48 and topping out at 11,000 feet, Mammoth Mountain is an Eastern Sierra storm magnet.