While El Nino has caused its share of problems for Californians, it has created one benefit for those who love to ski: it has brought Mt. Waterman back to life, thereby providing residents with a fairly close place to go skiing.

Facing a Drought

Due to the drought that has gripped California in recent years, Mt. Waterman has not been able to open since the 2010-2011 ski season.  With the mountain lacking any snowmaking capabilities, it has not been able to operate without natural snowfall. Thanks to El Nino, the mountain now has a three-foot base of snow that is great for skiing. Luckily for those who had purchased tickets during the 2011-2015 ski seasons when the area was closed, the tickets will roll over and remain valid this winter.

Skiing at Mt. Waterman

Located just a little over a mile away from Los Angeles, Mt. Waterman is the closest day ski area to the city. Unfortunately, due to a lack of snow, but ski area has remained dormant for the last five years. The recent snow, however, has given the ski area the boost that it needs to open for the 2016 season. As a small ski area in the San Gabriel Mountains, Mt. Waterman offers only three chair lifts on a skiable area of 150 acres. With a 1,030 foot vertical, a top elevation of 8,030 feet and a base elevation of 7,000 feet, over 60 percent of its terrain is listed as advanced. 20 percent of the terrain is rated as intermediate while the final 20 percent is rated beginner.

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Season passes to the Mt. Waterman ski area are $300, while full-day lift tickets for adults between the ages of 16 and 64 are $50. Full-day tickets for teens aged 13 through 17 are $40, while seniors over the age of 65 and children ages 7 through 12 pay $20 for a full-day gift ticket. Kids six-years-old and under are free. Half-day lift tickets for adults are $40, while half-day tickers for teens are $30 and children and seniors ski for half of a day for $15. If you are only interested in taking a scenic ride on the lift, tickets are $15 or $10 for children and seniors. The ski area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Spending the Summer at Mt. Waterman

During the summer months, Mt. Waterman also offers ample opportunities for recreation. During the summer, you can get a biking lift ticket for $25 for the entire day. Scenic rides are also available during the summer for $15, though bikes are not allowed on the scenic lift ride. Disc golf tickets are free with the purchase of a scenic lift ticket. The chair lift ride is approximately 10 minutes to the top of the hill. Restrooms, a warming hut and picnic tables are available at the top of the hill, but bike rentals are not available. Mt. Waterman is open on Saturday and Sundays from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm during the summer.

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