Quality: * * * *
Top Elevation: 8,030 feet
Vertical Rise: 1,030 feet
Base Elevation: 7,000 feet
Acreage: 210 skiable acres
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
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
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