The Forecast

Southland ski resorts

Bear Mountain, Big Bear Lake, www.BearMountain.com

Snow Summit, Big Bear Lake, www.SnowSummit.com

Mountain High, Wrightwood, www.MtHigh.com

Mount Baldy, www.MtBaldySkiLifts.com

Snow Valley, Running Springs, wwww.Snow-Valley.com

With warmer temperatures forecast for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, some snow enthusiasts are wondering if they will be trading in their snowboards for surfboards.

"Snowboarding the day after Thanksgiving is kind of a tradition," said Shaun Weis of Hesperia, who plans on visiting Mountain High in Wrightwood soon. "The warm weather isn't going to keep me away. You just have to know what you're doing."

"Who knows? I may just head down to the beach if it's really going to be that warm," he joked quickly, adding it was still too cold for him to get into the water.

Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid to high 50s in Wrightwood over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AccuWeather.com.

But with temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s in Long Beach and other coastal areas, according to surf report website SolSpot.com, the beach may be better for strolling than surfing.

Several skiers and snowboarders have taken to various mountain resorts' Facebook pages concerned that the warmer weather may shut down one of the most popular days of the year for Southern California snow enthusiasts.

While most resorts will be open, the recent wet weather forced the closure of the Mount Baldy resort on Saturday. And while it was scheduled to be open on Sunday, an update on the resort's website said the lifts would be open Sunday "for sightseeing rides to the Notch restaurant."

The Mount Baldy tubing park was set to open Sunday morning, but the website message ended saying it was a "great day for a hike to the summit."

The ski lifts are scheduled to remain closed through the holiday, according to the Mount Baldy website.

Mountain High officials remain optimistic about Thanksgiving.

"It's going to be clear and a great day for skiing or snowboarding," said spokesman John McColly.

The Thanksgiving weekend is the unofficial start to winter, said McColly, and Mountain High expects to be open for the holiday.

The Bear Mountain and Snow Summit resorts at Big Bear Lake also plan to be open for the holiday weekend.

Resort officials reported lift tickets sold out at Bear Mountain on Sunday morning, indicating there appears to be no shortage of snow enthusiasts making their way up the mountain to ride the slopes.

Snow Valley had yet to open its runs for the season, according to its website.

Portions of Southern California, including San Bernardino, Pomona and San Gabriel are forecast to see temperatures climb to the mid 70s on Thanksgiving Day and the low 80s by the weekend.

Wet weather is expected to return to the Southland by next Monday.

Officials advise that anyone planning to visit the mountain resorts should check their websites for the latest weather and road conditions.

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