This Ski and Snowboard Season is Not Over, But Special on 2015-16 Calif4nia Pass Starts TODAY

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Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
If you've got it, spend it.
We're weeks away from the official end of the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season, but you can already start making plans for the 2015-16 season as the Cali4nia Pass goes on sale today. What is the Cali4nia Pass, you ask?

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Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Offer Screaming $99 Deal on Spring Season Pass

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Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Springing into spring.
We're supposedly getting a temperature break today from this hot-ass winter we've been experiencing, but either way the ski resorts of Big Bear claim to still have plenty of snow coverage--and they are offering a screaming deal to get you back up there.

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Headquarters Dedicated in Name of Fallen Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson SUNDAY

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City of Newport Beach
Ben Carlson was the first Newport Beach city lifeguard to die in the line of duty.
At high noon on Sunday, the City of Newport Beach will dedicate the Benjamin M Carlson Lifeguard Headquarters, named after the 15-year veteran lifeguard who lost his life last July while rescuing a swimmer in distress.

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And Here Come the Surf City Hail Memes!

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Hector "Hek" Valdez for Facebook/HBcommUNITYVoice
First came the rare sight of what looked like snow, but was actually hail, covering downtown Huntington Beach and nearby beach sand Monday morning. Then came the photos posted in texts and on social media of the freak weather phenomenon.

And then came Hector "Hek" Valdez.

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Body Found in Laguna Beach Surf Positively I.D.'d as Missing Teen Anthony Parnell: Update

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Photo by Eric Hood/OC Weekly
High surf can be deadly.
UPDATE NO. 2, FEB. 19, 11:35 A.M.: The body that washed up in Laguna Beach around 4 p.m. Wednesday has positively been identified as 18-year-old Anthony Parnell of Las Vegas, according to sheriff's officials. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

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Big Bear Ski Resorts Offer Valentine's Day Lift Ticket Deal; Mammoth Digs Out of Snow Dump

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Snow Summit
His or her Valentine shot the picture?
Big Bear Mountain Resorts is allowing couples to ditch the flowers, chocolates and prix-fixe menus by offering two-for-one lift tickets on Valentine's Day at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain.

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[VIDEO] Orange County Beard and Moustache Competition Confirms that Humans are Strange

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Their beards have beards
Yes, it is moustache, not mustache in the world of competitive facial hair. The "ou" shows just how seriously some men take it. And at the annual OC Beard and Moustache competition you'll see that commitment range from classy, to pretentious, to badass, to just plain gross. Movember is over, but we caught up with the gents before they shaved off all their passive work. Although, we suspect some of these dudes did not just start growing last month.

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OC Screen Productions' Between Two Harbors, Chasing Hollywood Chase Kickstarter Funds

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We Are Ocean
Recovering from cancer on a surfboard, in the fledgling documentary Between Two Harbors.
Locally tingled small screen productions are currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, to varying success.


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$25 Big Bear Ski Lift Tickets Go on Sale TODAY; Mammoth Mountain Opens TOMORROW

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Go Productions
Thank you, global warming!
Lift tickets for $25 each to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in Big Bear go on sale this morning through Friday morning. Is there a catch? You betcha!

Meanwhile, Mammoth Mountain outside Bishop opens Thursday morning. Is there snow? Apparently!

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Mammoth Mountain to Acquire Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Ski Resorts for $38 Million

UPDATE: Mammoth is picking up the two Big Bear area resorts for $38 million, reports the Los Angeles Times, which notes the move "comes in the midst of a historic drought." Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory explains to the Times, "My father used to say in business you want to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. This does look like a questionable time to buy a ski resort operation."

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GoProductionsLA.com
Hopefully the ownership change won't mean less of this.

The Dick Kun ownership era at the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts in the San Bernardino Mountains is over as the owners of Mammoth Mountain are set to acquire the properties, it was announced this morning.

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