For the first time in I can't remember when, you can ski on the Fourth of July.
Now, you have to travel up outside Bishop, to Mammoth Mountain, which thanks to the heavy winter snow dumps is remaining open for skiing and snowboarding this year on July 4.
As an added incentive to get up the hill, the resort is offering a Ski+Bike Package with access to the slopes and the Mountain Bike Park. The cost is $99, or 20 percent off the normal tab.
Stay until nightfall and you can see a fireworks show, over a lake and not a thick wooded forest (thank God).
Call 800.626.6684 or click here for more information.
Closer to home, Mammoth's sister resort, Snow Summit in Big Bear, hosts its inaugural "Above the Boom: 4th of July Above 8,200 Feet" that also features fireworks bursting in air over a lake.
However, there is no skiing there. Well, I suppose you can ski and snowboard if you like, but the lifts aren't open, the rental shops are closed and oh yeah, no snow. But knock yourself out, Jean-Claude.
Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. with a barbecue dinner at Hog on the Rocks, live music by blues band 60 Grit and a glass of Champagne when the fireworks begin around 8:45 p.m.
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Dinner, entertainment, the bubbly, a bounce house, face painting and hot chocolate for kids is included in the ticket price, which is $49 for adults, $19 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids 4 and under. You're advised to bring a chair or blanket for the fireworks show.
Tickets are going fast, so call 844-GO2-BEAR or click here.