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OregonDeadMammoth is awesome and you should go especially if you live in LA. Looks like lots of terrain for beginners and a good place to progress no matter what your level. I have only been once for 3 days mid-week and it was not crowded but I heard stories about it being super crowded on weekends. Locals also told me June mountain is fun (actually one guy got so excited talking about it he stood up from the couch and hopped around the room) based on that recommendation I will definitely try to go to June if I make it down there on a pow day. The Davisson st hostel is pretty chill for a cheap place to stay.
BradCoreyMaybe I'll start with Big Bear then until I'm fully comfortable. Thanks for the recommendations!
dan4060I would actually do Mt. High over Big Bear. Closer, less expensive and at your stage you won't really notice the difference. It is also less crowded. My Mammoth pass gets me Big Bear, so I could ski it on the weekends I go to Mammoth, but I never do. I would actually rather pay for a 4 hour ticket at Mt. High over skiing Big Bear.