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Big Bear Lake – A Ski Season Preview

There’s a chill in the air and in Big Bear that means only one thing, winter is right around the corner. If you love winter sports it’s time to get excited. Here’s a little pre-season info to get you thinking about all the winter fun you’re going to be having in Big Bear this season.

Skiing and Snowboarding

We’d be spoiled of we had just one local ski area in Big Bear, but we’re blessed with two world class resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. There’s something for every skill level and taste, long cruisey ski runs, steep moguls, jumps and pipes and jibs and rails. Both resorts are owned by the same company and tickets are good at either location. There’s a shuttle that runs back and forth on a regular basis. Here are the basic differences between the two:

Snow Summit

Snow Summit is a little more family oriented and offers a traditional ski resort experience. The overall terrain at Snow Summit is rated beginner/intermediate. And if you’re a real hotdogger, there are a few runs at Summit that will challenge just about any level skier or snowboarder. The “Family Fun Park” on the west side of the resort features gently sloping runs and beginner terrain features like mini jumps and rails. Snow Summit also has night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays until 9:30. Snow Summit can be reached at 909-866-5766 or online at www.snowsummit.com.

Bear Mountain

The first things you’ll notice about Bear Mountain are the age of the snowboarders and the music – they’re young and it’s loud. This is definitely the place for the young at heart. Most of the runs feature jumps and rails and the lodge looks and feels a like a spring break party. A massive half-pipe is situated at the bottom of the main run and you can watch the action from the view deck. For more information call Bear Mountain at 909-585-2519 or find them online at www.bearmountain.com.

Snow Play and Inner-Tubing

After a snow storm you can play just about anywhere in Big Bear valley. But for guaranteed snow and safer fun you’ll want to visit our two snow play areas. The Alpine Slide is located just west of the village, on Red Ant Hill, and features inner-tubing for all ages. They can be reached at 909-866-4626 and www.alpineslidebigbear.com. The second area is called “Big Bear Snow Play”. The two areas have basically the same features, plenty of inner-tubes and a Magic Carpet lift to the top of the runs, but Big Bear Snow Play is just a little larger than Alpine Slide. Big Bear Snow Play is located at 42825 Big Bear Blvd. and can be reached at 909-585-0075 or online at www.bigbearsnowplay.com.

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