California Ski Resorts Celebrate Major Snowfall

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) — A major snowfall has allowed some California ski resorts to open for Thanksgiving weekend for the first time in four years, meteorologists say.

The storm came out of the north and hit Southern California mountains early Saturday morning, depositing 3 to 6 inches of snow in mountainous areas north of Los Angeles along Interstate 5, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Among the resorts to open were Big Bear Mountain, which includes the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit resorts. Director of Marketing Chris Riddle told the newspaper that 4 to 6 inches had fallen at the resorts, located about 100 miles east of the city.

“I expected a minor dusting at best,” Riddle told the newspaper. “But lo and behold, when I woke up this morning, it was snowing real hard.”

He said it was the first time in four years his resort had been able to operate on Thanksgiving weekend.

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