It may be a warm winter across Southern California, but that isn’t stopping plenty of skiing and snowboarding taking place at Big Bear Mountain Resort.
The first snow of the winter began to fall on Tuesday, just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. long weekend.
Located about two hours away from Los Angeles, the air at Big Bear is crisp, its lake is glistening, and the cold overnight weather is making it possible for plenty of man made snow for skiing and snowboarding.
Bear Mountain has the largest beginner area in SoCal where everybody has the chance to enjoy a complete mountain experience.
Here, first-timers and novices can enjoy more room to learn as well as more freedom to practice their new sport.
The winter playground offers more than 165 beginner to advanced jibs including a variety of rails, boxes, walls, more than 100 snow features of all shapes and sizes, and four pipes including Southern California’s only Superpipe.
But don’t let the words like “Superpipe” and “rails” scare you away from the idea of hitting the snow if you are a first-timer.
No matter what age you are or what your skiing or snowboarding experience is, there are plenty of instructors on hand that are available at reasonable prices to get you to the first or next level of skiing or snowboarding in a fun and laid back atmosphere.
During a recent lesson, two instructors showed a group of novices how to develop confidence and skills when it comes to snowboarding. A quick base-area learning session away from the slopes was used to familiarize the group with their gear before learning some basic balance maneuvers. Then it was step-by-step progression of learning techniques such as the “falling leaf” until everyone was able to conquer the training slope.
The professional instructors worked with each member of the group until everyone had grasped a command of the skill. At the end of the two hours, everyone was ready to advance to the real slopes.
Bear Mountain has 12 mountain lifts with 17 rideable miles. The longest run (Geronimo) measures in at 1.5 miles, which starts at the peak of the mountain at 8,805 feet.
Bear Mountain’s sister resort, Snow Summit, is only a few minutes away with a free shuttle bus connecting the two, which leaves twice every hour on weekends.
Snow Summit has 14 mountain lifts with 240 developed acres of terrain incorporating 31 runs. Among these, the terrain difficulty is 10 percent first-time/beginner; 25 percent low intermediate; 40 percent intermediate; and 25 percent advanced. Depending on how quickly you learn, there is never a shortage of new runs to ride.
Despite uncharacteristically dry conditions throughout California, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have been able to deliver using their state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities.
The base depth is at 26-38 inches after the storm. Get access to 30 trails serviced by 17 lifts during our extended holiday hours this weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations.
It was a productive summer at Big Bear Mountain Resort with tons of major changes at both resorts – they remodeled facilities such as rentals, retail, parking, and more.
Check out this video below to see some of the highlights…
Whether you are a beginner, left your equipment at home, or want to try something new, renting at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain is the fastest and easiest way to get on the snow. There are plenty of ski and snowboard packages to choose from, and the staff will set you up with the right board or skis for your skiing or riding type and ability.
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain rental shops and demo centers carry the entire latest name-brand ski and snowboard rental equipment, as well as the latest high-performance gear for skiers and riders from Burton, Rossignol, Salomon, K2, Lib Tech, and Arbor.
For added convenience and peace of mind, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain provide free ski and board check areas and tool benches throughout the resorts.
A Big Bear Mountain Resorts lift ticket is good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Take advantage of the free shuttle service where you can park once and ride the shuttle to and from both mountains. It’s just a 10-minute ride and shuttles depart from each resort every half-hour.
To plan a winter getaway visit BigBear.com.