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Big Bear Winter Fun For Everyone!

Whether you're a skier, rider, sledding junkie or exercise enthusiast... Big Bear has it all! Sure... summer time is a bit on the warmer side, but that doesn't mean you have to be stuck indoors all winter long. You may be a full-timer or here on vacation, either way there are several ways to get up, get out and breathe some fresh air. Check it out... Bear Mountain and Snow Summit: Our two local ski resorts offer a wide range of ski/snowboard lessons, terrain for all abilities and a shuttle that will take you to … [Read more...]

Snowshoe Big Bear

Goldsmiths, Bear Valley Bikes, TC Ride Shop, and North Shore Trading Company, in Fawnskin; are some of the places you can rent or purchase snowshoes. If you haven't gotten into the deeper snow, you are missing a great opportunity to get in to Great Nature. With a 12,00 year history, many of us have an image of Eskimos walking on top of the snow with giant wood and leather tennis rackets tied to their feet. This is no longer the case. Modern technology has refined the shape and size of snowshoes. Made of … [Read more...]

Tips for Winter Driving in Big Bear

Before coming "Up the Mountain" for some slope time at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, please be sure you and your car understand the conditions you may encounter. Here are a few tips you may not have thought of when driving in the mountains. Before you leave, check your tire pressure. Balance the pressure in all 4 tires and check the spare. Don't over inflate! You are more likely to slip and slide. We really do have, "Twisty Mountain Roads", just like it says in the brochures. Throw a can of flat fixer under the … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake has been having optimum daytime weather compared to triple-digit Southern California. Autumn has arrived. The leaves are changing. The nights are cooling. The celebration starts as soon as you arrive! The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is a real treat for Southern California. A short drive up in the San Bernardino mountains, the "Highest Altitude Oktoberfest in the United States" is an open invitation to a fun time in Big Bear. There are only 4 weekends left! The 42nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is … [Read more...]

July 4th in Big Bear Lake

The annual Big Bear Lake Independence Day Fireworks are scheduled for the 4th of July at dusk (9:00 PM). The show, coordinated with music from the local radio station (KBHR 93.3), consistently ranks in the top 5 for California fireworks shows. The fireworks are organized by the Big Bear Rotary Club with support from the City of Big Bear Lake, the Chamber of Commerce, the Big Bear Lake Resort Association and local business and community donations. The spectacular show lasts 30 minutes. You can get out on the lake to … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest at the Big Bear Convention Center

Oktoberfest Like a Local Big Bear Lake’s Oktoberfest is a local tradition spanning more than forty years. Hans Bandow and his family originally brought the tradition to Big Bear. What started in a tent, quickly grew into its own building, the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Hans had the architect design a building based on the early Oktoberfest tents from Germany. The event organizers provide an entertainment mix of German bands and progressive Los Angeles rock bands. The dancing is punctuated with old … [Read more...]

Big Bear Celebrity Sightings

I’ve never been a “star-chaser” and I don’t subscribe to any tabloids. But the other night I was dining with friends at the local Big Bear restaurant that used to be owned by character actor Andy Divine and the conversation turned to celebrity sightings. Specifically, Big Bear celebrity sightings. My first celebrity sighting occurred just after I had just moved to Big Bear in the early ‘90’s. I was skiing by myself at Snow Summit and was waved up from the singles line to join a half full chair of other skiers. … [Read more...]

Big Bear Real Estate – Finding a Place in Big Bear To Call Your Own, Part 3

The local Big Bear real estate market holds many potential opportunities.  The correction in the market has opened up several exclusive neighborhoods to the average home buyer.  Here’s a closer look at two of Big Bear’s upscale areas and why they’re great investments. The neighborhoods that make up Eagle Point are some of the most popular in Big Bear.  Homes in this area include small cabins and homes located close to Meadow Park for the entry level buyer, custom lakefront and lake view homes for upper-end property … [Read more...]

Big Bear Real Estate – Finding A Place In Big Bear To Call Your Own, Part 2

Big Bear is an excellent real estate value right now. Combine the unbelievably low interest rates available today with some of the best prices to hit our market in decades and you would be surprised how much property you can afford up here. There are dozens of great buys in the mid-price range ($175,000 to $350,000) and many of Big Bear’s most desirable neighborhoods have cabins and homes listed at these prices. The Boulder Bay area is a wonderful year-round location with the focus being beautiful Big Bear Lake. … [Read more...]

Big Bear Lake -Alpine Pedal Path

 The mountain scenery surrounding Big Bear CA inspires the outdoor life. The hills around the Lake are covered with hiking trails. Hiking during this season (June) is picturesque, with flowers blossoming all around. A great place for a gentle hike or bike, suitable for all ages and abilities, is the Alpine Pedal Path. This trail hugs the North Shore, extending three and a half miles from the Solar Observatory to Stanfield Cutoff, across from North Shore Elementary School.  This hiking and biking path is paved and … [Read more...]