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California: surf and ski in the same day

11:00 AEST Fri Nov 4 2011
When Jules and Jason got together in California it was a case of what to wear. One arrived in beachwear, the other in snow skiing gear. At first they thought they had their wires crossed, but both were correct. They were about to show that you can surf in the morning and snow ski in the afternoon. Yes, it is possible!

Malibu was the perfect place to start the challenge. From the 1800s to 1938 the Malibu coastline was owned by one family — the oil-rich Rindges from Massachusetts. They kept the world at bay with chained gates and armed guards, but thankfully these days it's there for all to enjoy.

It's popular with Hollywood celebrities and some of those with homes there are Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Gibson and Sally Field. The expensive properties are usually their second homes.

The beauty of Malibu is well-known, thanks to it being used as a location in many films and television shows.

First Point offers a long-boarding wave, and for around $30 a day you can be out there with the best of them.

When you're done, Duke's is a good place to head. Named after Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian father of surfing, it's a popular hangout for surfers and where Jason met hostess Kathy Zuckerman, the real life inspiration for Gidget, the surfing teenager. The movie starring Sandra Dee and James Darren came out in 1959 and had a massive effect on surfing and beach lifestyle which remains today.

Just 90 minutes away, Jules was in the little town of Wrightwood, a quiet, close-knit southern California community nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains.

It's where Jules found Mountain High, Southern California's winter resort just 1.5 hours from Los Angeles and Orange County. It's actually three resorts in one, each with its own fun and terrain.

East Resort has the longest trails, West Resort is home to a huge terrain park and offers night skiing every night. North Resort is great for children and families. Altogether there are fifty-nine trails and sixteen lifts.

When Jules saw a metre of fresh, powder snow, he knew he had had the better end of his deal with Jason.

The original resort opened in 1941 and as the area enjoys an average of 3.5 metres of snow each season, it is no wonder it is Southern California's favourite place to visit.


Malibu and Mountain High in California.


Mountain High Resort half-day ski passes are around $50 for adults and $25 for children. The season runs from mid-November to mid-April.

V Australia has flights to Los Angeles from:

  • Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane $1369
  • Adelaide $1669
  • Perth $1960

Valid for sale and travel until November 9, 2011. Conditions apply.

Sofitel Los Angeles has rooms starting a $267 a night.

Prices correct at November 5, 2011.

For further information

V Australia
Ph: 13 6789

Sofitel Los Angeles
855 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90048
United States
Ph: 0011 1 310 278 5444

Duke's of Malibu
21150 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu CA 90265
United States
Ph: 310 317 0777

Mountain High Resort, CA
24510 California 2
Wrightwood CA 92397
United States
Ph: 0011 1 888 754 7878

Visa: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine readable passport with at least 6 months validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. From January 2009 Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at

Electricity: Electric current is 110V to 115v, 60Hz AC. Outlets take two-parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.

Time zone: The United States has nine standard time zones. Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaskan, Hawaii-Aleutian, Samoa and Chamorro. New York is GMT-5 hours.

Currency: The American dollar.

Telephone code: International dialling code is 0011 1.

It is recommended travellers see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there may be specific vaccinations recommended for areas you will be visiting. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended. For further information, visit and

User comments
Sounds fun, but its no big deal we can do that in Australia. Ski Thredbo morning then arvo surf anywhere from around Batemans Bay to Merimbula PS I want Jules job or does he need an offsider ?

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