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Mt Baldy Resort Reviews

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Mt Baldy Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Mt Baldy Ski Resort

  • June 07, 2010
    from United States

    If the snow at the other So. Cal. ski resorts is good/great, Mt Baldy is by far the best mt. in So. Cal. for advanced ski & snowboarders. #1 So. Cal. mt. without a doubt when the snow is good...otherwise don't go here.

  • Mt Baldy Ratings

    Overall: 4.1. Based on 2 votes and 2 reviews. Vote

    Scenery: 5.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Snowmaking: 1.0

    (1) Mt Baldy relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Shelter: 5.0

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Mt Baldy is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 1.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Mt Baldy, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Lift Staff: 5.0

    (1) The staff at Mt Baldy are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Mt Baldy are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 5.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 5.0

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Variety of pistes: 5.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Mt Baldy has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 1.5

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 3.5

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Mt Baldy, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 5.0

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Off-piste: 5.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Ski Pass Value: 5.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Mt Baldy is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 5.0

    (1) Overall, Mt Baldy is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • December 04, 2009
    from United States

    Mount Baldy has a mom and pop feel with antiquated SLOW chairs and some of the best adventure skiing around. NOT for gapers or those not accustomed to skiing competently in ALL conditions. BUT it's steep and has outstanding tree skiing and long fall line runs when conditions are good. When conditions are sketchy, expect icy, scoured, scary slopes with rocks and stumps. Many people get hurt here. The lift-served portion of the mountain exceeds over 8000 ft elevation and lies only 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica beach. Snowfall at Mount Baldy is erratic and variable. Thunder snow and hail are common. But the mountain can receive several feet of smooth powder in one storm cycle, and if skied under those conditions the steep treed slopes and great vibe make for a big day.