TRAVELGUIDE: Mt. Waterman

 

Quality: * * * *

Top Elevation: 8,030 feet

Vertical Rise: 1,030 feet

Base Elevation: 7,000 feet

Acreage: 210 skiable acres

Trails: 100

Annual Snowfall: 11-15 feet

Lifts: Three double chairlifts

Terrain: 20% beginner, 20% intermediate, 60% advanced

Uphill Lift Capacity: 3,600 per hour

Night Skiing: No

Snowboarding: Yes

Recreational Racing: Yes

Facilities & Services: Ticket booth

Restaurant: Kitchen & Bar

Sports shop: No

Biking/Hiking Trail Miles: Approximately 20 miles

Scheduled Opening: Depends on weather conditions

Slopes open: 9 am to 4 pm

Snow Report: (818) 790-2002

Location: California State Route 2, Angeles Crest Highway

Reviewer: Dr. Ted Baehr

REVIEW: Several ski areas near Los Angeles are well known, like Big Bear, Mountain High, and Mt. Baldy. Arguably the best is a little known area called Mt. Waterman in La Cañada. As one of my sons said when we skied there, “This is real skiing.”

For those that are good skiers, the lower part of the mountain has some truly expert areas with challenging opportunities. Since the snow was excellent this year, Mt. Waterman has been able to stay open longer, as have all the areas in Southern California.

For many years, Mt. Waterman was closed. Two brothers who had grown up in La Cañada purchased the ski resort. Just as they did so, however, Route 2 was put out of commission by fires and floods. Even with an extra eight minutes added for a longer drive, it is the closest ski area to Los Angeles, the Valley, and the Westside, with great challenging runs.

The whole area is a family affair. Everything is operated on a family time frame, rather than the clock. And, the parking lot is small. That said, it is a delightful place and highly recommended.

For more information, please contact:

Mt. Waterman Ski Resort

Angeles Crest Hwy Star Route 2

La Cañada, CA 91011

Phone: (818) 790-2002

Website: www.mtwaterman.org

Email: [email protected]