The time has arrived! Southern California’s favorite ski resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, open for season today.
Opening November 13th, the temperatures are lowering into the 40’s to create the perfect snow making atmosphere in Big Bear’s finest Ski resorts. Located only a mere two hours away from major LA and San Diego cities, you can go from beach to snow within hours on the same day. Where else can you surf and snowboard in the same day? Only in Southern California and at Big Bear Lake’s Mountain Resorts!
As the fire restrictions lower, the snow starts a-brewing! An unexpected earlier snowfall last week also brought cooler temperatures and the ability to start making snow at the popular resorts! That means that they are opening sooner than their projected Thanksgiving Day weekend. Man-made vs. natural is all the same if you have any trepidations about it looking fake – snow is snow, there is no difference! Since the weather brought early snow and colder weather, you can enjoy the fully open runs at Bear Mountain from top-to-bottom with the use of Chairs 9 and 7 spinning. At Snow Summit you’ll find the Miracle Mile and Chair 4 beginner area ready to go for the tots and the adults to test their skills on the newest powder. Tickets this weekend will be a low-cost $35 per adult. Of course, if you’re like me and a frequent visitor to those gorgeous slopes, I suggest still purchasing a Bear/Summit season pass before they sell out. Like the idea of skiing all season long? Call 1-844-GO2-BEAR and they will hook you up with your new winter hobby over the phone.
Keep in mind, the ticket windows and rentals will open at 8:30 AM with lifts opening from 9 am to 4 pm. After opening on the 13th, Bear Mountain will be weekend only until Dec. 11th. However, Snow Summit will continue to be open 7 days a week for your enjoyment. You can get a head start on the early season and take advantage of the lack of crowds before the Holidays hit by driving up to Big Bear Lake and testing out the freshly open slopes for the weekends ahead of the busier time periods – Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will be happy to be your host – so be sure to check out both mountain resorts while you visit. The best part: tickets are interchangeable and shuttles will soon be running to take you easily from each resort to the other.
If you’re new to the area or new to the resorts, you may be wondering what the difference between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain is. Don’t fret, I can help sort you out: Bear Mountain is mainly a laid-back, chill trick part that offers half pipes, jumps and jibs for the skilled riders who wish to attempt such feats. Snow Summit caters more-so to families and beginners, including offering the biggest training area in Southern California. From beginner to expert levels, they will have you covered (and likely covered in snow too – it’s all a part of fun and learning!) when you sign up for one-one one training or group lessons. Learning a new skill of any kind, but especially a new sport, helps a child or even adult grasp a new skill or technique that they never dreamed possible. Sometimes the help of another person really matters! Sign up today and master the mountain as your speed!
For rentals and equipment you can take advantage of the sales and rentals directly at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, offering complete packages including safety gear and all necessary sporting items. If you want to support local small businesses, you may want to check out Goldsmith’s Board house located a couple blocks from the resort able to also outfit you in plenty of attractive gear for all ages and sizes.
Opening day should be a blast, join in on party at the base areas as they kick off the awesome ’15-16 winter season for skiing and snowboarding in the Big Bear Valley! Pack up some warm clothes, dress in layers, and grab a bite to eat at the mountain because up here at 7,000 feet you’re about to have the best boarding and skiing of your California life all winter long!