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Big Bear’s Unusual Winter

Baldwin Lake Neighborhood Given Southern California's mild Winter weather this year, visiting Big Bear can be a bit different. You've got yourself packed for the slopes. Loaded the skis, boots and boards, and checked the tire chains. Got the snow pants, gloves and sweaters ready. It gets into the 20's at night. You at least, want to be prepared for that brisk night air. You come scooting up the mountain to find out the temperatures can be pushing into the high 40's. The pre-holiday snow is gone from the … [Read more...]

Southern California’s Rim of the World

In most of Southern California, "Winter" means clear, brisk days, morning fog and snow capped mountains. Visibility, given the right conditions, can be completely "socked in" or crystal clear and breathtaking. There are particular times, coming to or leaving Big Bear and the San Bernardino Mountains that offer fantastic views. Obviously, you will need to choose your times to drive and take advantage of the conditions. For a change of pace, don't allow yourself to get caught in a long line of locals expecting you … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake’s Snow Summit

I finally made it to the slopes. It’s been almost two years since my last snowboard outing. After years of begging my nephew to come up and ride with me he called me over the holidays and informed me he was ready to join me on the slopes. What I didn’t know was my nephew had been preparing for this day for quite a while. He took some lessons last year and without my knowledge had become a competent snowboarder. When he arrived the night before with some of the nicest, most expensive gear I have ever seen, I knew I … [Read more...]

Winter Cruising

Take advantage of Southern California's magnificent weather. Come cruise the mountains. Without precipitation and with the warm weather, one tends to treat Big Bear a little differently than during a snowy winter. Motorcycles are visible in January. Tops come down on the convertibles. Even the Corvettes come out of hibernation. Almost all the streets are dry from that great preholiday snowstorm and it is time to take advantage of this great Southern California weather.  This season has been much kinder, giving the … [Read more...]

Snowshoe Big Bear Lake

With some of the best snow in the country, Big Bear is calling you to come celebrate all that Winter 2012 has to offer. Snow conditions couldn't be better. We're not just talking about the fantastic skiing and snowboarding. The holiday snow fell everywhere, leaving a thick, inviting, layer of white throughout the valley. Need a break from "Machine Groomed Packed Powder"? Just need to walk? Get off the roads and paths. Both fun and useful, snowshoeing is well worth the try. Head into untouched snow! Be your own "Off … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake Holidays

Big Bear is a wonderful place to be over the holidays. There’s something special about being in the mountains this time of year. The pine trees, the snow, the fresh air, and the festive spirit of the season all combine to create a true winter wonderland – and we’re in the middle of Southern California! The village was the place to be Friday night. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph showed up to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree and sing a few carols with the locals. It’s common knowledge that Mr. and Mrs. … [Read more...]

Moonridge Neighbors

The Moonridge neighborhoods, comprising High Timber Ranch, Upper Moonridge and Lower Moonridge, is also home to the Moonridge Animal Park. This popular attraction is located across from Bear Mountain Ski Resort. The Park began in response to a forest fire back in 1959. Orphaned and imprinted animals that couldn’t be released back into the wild needed an alpine facility. One of the Parks first residents was a stranded, thirty pound, black bear cub. Early inhabitants also included a bobcat and mule deer. In 1960 the … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Labor Day Weekend

We are expecting a beautiful weekend in Big Bear, CA. The temperatures will be moderate and sunny, with a possibility of scattered afternoon thundershowers. How will you enjoy yourself? There are several events in the Valley this weekend, beginning with Friday nights in the Village. Enjoy street vendors and live music on the street corners. There’s plenty of shopping and dining throughout the area, along with two movie theaters and a bowling alley. On Saturday night the Big Bear Lake Discovery Center will play host … [Read more...]

Big Bear CA – A Mountain Adventure

The Big Bear Valley is one of only a few populated areas in the country situated in the middle of a national forest. The San Bernardino National Forest not only provides a beautiful alpine environment full of wildlife, it’s also a base camp for endless mountain adventures. Whether you hike, mountain bike, camp, rock climb, or just love off-road driving, the adventure begins here. The best source of adventure information is the Big Bear Lake Discovery Center, located on the north shore of the lake. This beautiful … [Read more...]