Mountain High This hugely popular resort offers all sorts of beginner terrain -- moving carpets and short, easy lifts. But it's often a madhouse, even during the week. The congestion here can be a real turnoff for beginners. Still, it is always expanding its features, and a new family-oriented section makes this resort worth considering. The pricing on its beginner ski package is among the best around. Snowboarder Mary Tran, right, of Garden Grove, and Jessica Pham, 16, of Costa Mesa, take a break from snowboarding amidst a crowded day at Mountain High in Wrightwood last year.
Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times