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Moutain High Essentials

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VITAL STATS

Summit elevation: 8,200 feet; vertical drop: 1,600 feet; skiable terrain: 220 acres; trails: 46; average annual snowfall: 180 inches; lifts: two high-speed quads, one quad, two triples, five doubles and two handle-tows.

GETTING THERE

Mountain High is 80 miles from Los Angeles. From L.A., take I-10 East to I-15 North to Highway 138 West to Highway 2 (left). From West Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley, take 405 North to I-5 North. Then take Highway 14 East to Pearblossom Highway 138 East. Exit onto N4-Largo Vista South and follow the signs to Mountain High.

LIFT TICKETS

Eight-hour ticket: adult $43, child $15; four-hour ticket: adult $39, child $15; 6 and younger (with paying adult) or 70 and older, free. Point tickets are also available ($43 for 200 points; runs range from 10-20 points each).

A GOOD DEAL

Ski free on your birthday. Also, from Jan. 2 through March 12, purchase eight-hour lift tickets for $29 at Ralph's supermarkets. Plus, pick up a free Express Pass with your first ticket purchase, and you'll get $4 off all adult tickets purchased thereafter.

SLEEPING IN

Pine View House Bed and Breakfast ($100-$160), 760-249-4348; Crystal Inn Motel ($79-$95), 760-249-6515; Hummingbird Haven Bed and Breakfast ($95-150), 760-249-4281; Wrightwood Cabin Rentals (two-night minimum, $230 and up for two nights), 760-249-3339.

DINING OUT

The Yodeler (burgers and pizza, full bar; 760-249-6482); Blue Ridge Inn (upscale, steaks and fish; 760-249-3440); Cinnamon's Bakery (760-249-5588); Lyle's Pine Manor (breakfast and lunch, casual American diner; 760-249-6393).

ACTIVITIES

Guided snowshoe walks in Angeles National Forest from Big Pines Visitor Center (760-249-3504). Snowplay areas abound off Highway 2 and Big Pines Highway; purchase a National Forest Adventure Pass (www.r5.fs.fed.us/angeles). Toboggans and saucers can be purchased at Mountain Hardware in Wrightwood (760-249-3653).

DON'T MISS

Lunch with a panoramic mountain view at the aptly named Grand View Bistro at East Resort.

INFORMATION

Mountain High Resort: 760-249-5808; www.mthigh.com. Snow report: 888-754-7878.

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