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Snowboarding in Mount Baldy Ski Lift, San Bernardino, California USA
The resort is located only 45 mi/72.4 km from Los Angeles, being the closest resort to the city. The ski resort is the largest and steepest resort in Southern California, having 26 runs extending on 3 mountains. It has a vertical drop of 2100 ft/640 m and average annual snowfall of 170 in/431.8 cm.
Top elevation is 8600 ft/2621 m and base elevation 6500 ft/1981 m. The skiable area covers 88 ac/3.5 m², making it ideal for snowboarding. It is multi-directional, with portions of the main ski area south or southwest-facing and other portions facing north.
From the total 26 runs, 15% are for beginners, 31% for intermediates and 54% for advanced athletes. Longest run is 2.5 mi/4 km. It has a lift system of 4 lifts. Chairs 1 and 3 were built in 1952 by Ringer Chairlifts, which went out of business two years later.
The chairs featured double swiveling chairs, which allowed riders just to stand up, when unloading. In 1975 the existing lifts were upgraded by GMD Mueller, who also built chairs 2 and 4. The resort doesn’t offer night snowboarding.
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