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The feel of crisp, clean mountain air blowing your hair….The sound of your skis or board cutting through fresh powder….The sweet smell of the pine trees….And this amazing view from the top.

Winter is here and so is a weekend of fun at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake. If you have skied or boarded before, you know the amazing rush of cruising (or speeding) down the mountain. There is nothing like it. If you have never tried skiing or snowboarding, you have been missing out! Summit and Bear have runs for every level and learn to ski packages as well, so what are you waiting for???

Here is the lowdown on Snow Summit:

Area:
240 skiable acres incorporating 31 trails

14 Total Mountain Lifts:
2 High Speed Quad Chairs
2 Quad Chairs
2 Triple Chairs
5 Double Chairs
3 Moving Carpet

Elevations:
Top Elevation: 8,200 Feet
Base Elevation: 7,000 Feet
Vertical Drop: 1,200 Feet
Uphill Capacity: 18,550 Per Hour
Ski able Miles: 18 Miles

Terrain Difficulty:
10% First Time Beginner
25% Low Intermediate
40% Intermediate
25% Advanced

Longest Run: 1.25 Miles (Westridge)

Annual Snowfall Average: 100 inches

Parks:
Fun Zones: A great place to learn filled with beginner terrain features and jibbing structures.
Westridge and Ego Trip: Intermediate and advanced jumps and jibs.

This is what Bear Mountain has to offer:

Area:
748 Total permit acres
198 Developed acres
550 Accessible undeveloped acres of natural terrain (Deer, Goldmine & Bow Canyons)

12 Total Mountain Lifts:
2 High-speed quad chairs
1 quad chair
2 Triple chairs
4 Double chairs
3 Moving carpet lifts

4 Mountain Peaks:
Bear Peak: 8,805 feet
Silver Mountain: 8,560 feet
Goldmine Mountain: 8,440 feet
Showdown Mountain: 8,000 feet

Elevations:
Top elevation: 8,805 feet
Base elevation: 7,140 feet
Vertical drop: 1,665 feet
Uphill capacity: 16,590 per hour
Rideable miles: 17

Terrain Difficulty:
15% first-time beginner
15% low intermediate
40% intermediate
30% advanced

Number of Pipes:
1-Superpipe
1-Halfpipe
1-Beginner pipe

Longest Run: Geronimo: 1 ½ miles

Annual Snowfall Average: 100 Inches

Although Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are both set up for skiers and boarders alike, Bear has more snowboarding features and Summit is geared to a more family-friendly ski experience. There is a shuttle that goes between both resorts as well.

The best part? RS Vacations has many cabins within walking distance to Bear Mountain or Snow Summit or to one of their shuttle stops. Book today at RSVacations.net and start your amazing ski weekend with us!

P.S. We are expecting snow this weekend, so book today and take advantage of the fresh powder! Cabins are still available!!

This post is from a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t help but think of it as the ski season is getting into full swing. Enjoy!

blue_letter_bWhat color is your ‘B’? If you grew up in Big Bear, you will give the answer to that question with either pride or shame. Sadly, my answer is a rather depressing ‘blue’. Sigh….All of the other kids had yellow or orange. A few even had red. Well, at least I don’t have to answer with ‘green’. I’d never be able to call myself a local again. :)

What am I talking about? The Big Bear Parks and Rec has a learn to ski program for local kids. Every year in December and January, school aged kids hit the slopes to learn to ski. (when I was a kid snowboarding didn’t even exist as a sport yet. :/ ) As we progressed, we were given a different colored felt ‘B’. You had to sew them to either your beanie or jacket and this showed the instructors (and everyone else) what level you were at. Everyone got a green ‘B’ on their first day so long as they could click into their skis by themselves.

The ‘B’s progressed in color like so: Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red. So green meant that you were a total beginner and red showed that you were an expert skier. I was cruising along with my blue ‘B’ when I found out that my sister, who was visiting relatives, broke her leg while skiing in Tahoe. (Later to find out that she was standing still and her ski slipped out to the side. What a spaz! I mean, who breaks their leg while standing still???) That was it. I was totally paranoid to continue in the sport so I quit going to class, destined to be branded with an embarrassing blue ‘B’ for the rest of my life. (At least I grew out of that jacket by the following winter – my shame could then be private.)

Fast forward about twenty years and my husband finally talked me into giving it another go. He had gotten into snowboarding and really wanted me to be able to go with him. (I did try snowboarding myself, but that is a memory that I try to forget ;) ) So we hit the bunny slope and off I went. What a blast!

I progressed off of the beginner chair and got better every time we went. I still like to ski conservatively, but I always have fun. Skiing is great exercise and the views from the top are amazing! If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! You can take group lessons or private ones and be skiing from the top in a day or two.

Many of our cabins here at RS Vacations are within walking distance to the slopes or to the shuttle, making your ski weekend that much more enjoyable. Both resorts are making snow and we are expecting some of the real stuff later this week, so book today at RSVacations.net and hit the slopes!!

thanksgiving_dinner_1280x1024Thinking of spending Thanksgiving weekend in Big Bear, but haven’t made your reservation yet? It’s not too late to find the perfect cabin and as a bonus, we have a couple of amazing deals happening now!

For stays between 11/26/14 – 11/30/14:

 

Stay for 4 Nights and only Pay for 3

OR

Get 20% off a 3 Night Stay

 

Visit RSVacations.net today to book your Big Bear Cabin for Thanksgiving before they’re all gone!

 

*These specials are available on NEW reservations only and cannot be combined with any other discount. Arrival and Departure must be between 11/26-11/30/14. Other restrictions may apply.

fall-trees-background1.jpgIt is cooling slightly in Big Bear Lake this coming week, with highs in the 50′s and lows in the 20′s. Sunshine prevails this weekend and this is the perfect time to come up and explore the forest (hiking or biking), do some holiday shopping in the Village, take a stroll by the Lake, or enjoy one of the many activities that are still going on – including SNOW PLAY! That’s right, come up and go sledding on Southern California’s only snow! Be sure to check out the flyer below to see what’s up this weekend in Big Bear.

Thanksgiving is approaching rapidly and if you haven’t reserved a cabin yet, be sure to visit RSVacations.net and book today. We are filling up, but still have several beautiful cabins available. We are beginning to fill up for the Christmas and New Years Holidays as well. Plan to make some magical memories with your family in a Winter Wonderland. Book your Big Bear Cabin for the holidays before they are all gone!

 

11-13-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 11-15-14-1Events courtesy of BigBear.com

Fall ColorsPleasant, fall temperatures continue here in Big Bear Lake, with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 20’s. Sunshine prevails this week and this is the perfect time to come up and explore the forest (hiking or biking), do some holiday shopping in the Village, take a stroll by the Lake, or enjoy one of the many activities that are still going on – including SNOW PLAY! That’s right, come up and go sledding on Southern California’s only snow beginning November 8th. See below for more details!

Thanksgiving is approaching rapidly and if you haven’t reserved a cabin yet, be sure to visit RSVacations.net and book today. We are filling up, but still have several beautiful cabins available. We are beginning to fill up for the Christmas and New Years Holidays as well. Plan to make some magical memories with your family in a Winter Wonderland. Book your Big Bear Cabin for the holidays before they are all gone!

 

11-6-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

 SnowPlayOpen2014

pumpkindadHappy Halloween! Lovely, fall weather continues through Halloween in Big Bear Lake with highs in the mid 60’s. November brings with it a change in our weather with our first chance of snow for the season! Saturday will be cold and blustery with things clearing out on Sunday but staying cold. Temps rebound a bit next week.

A blanket of man-made white can be seen at the snow play areas already with opening dates announced soon. A reminder that winter is almost here!!

Be sure to check out the Halloween Events on the flyer below. There is fun for all ages going on so be sure to get your spooky on!!

RS Vacations has some really great deals on homes right now. We have extended our FALL SPECIALS through November 16, so plan your getaway soon to take advantage! Visit our website today and book your perfect Big Bear Vacation Cabin. We still have homes available for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, but they are going FAST! Book today and enjoy a magical Holiday in beautiful Big Bear Lake!

 

10-30-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 11-1-14Events courtesy of BigBear.com

Beautiful fall weather continues in Big Bear Lake this week with highs in the 60’s, lows in the 20’s – 30’s and lots of sunshine. Take advantage of these fantastic conditions to see the explosion of autumn colors all around the Valley. Some suggestions? Take a hike to Castle Rock, ride the chairlift at Snow Summit and mountain bike down miles of trails, take a 4 x 4 expedition through the back country, fly through the forest on a zip-line adventure, take a lake cruise and see the colors from below or take a helicopter tour and admire the beauty of the mountains from above. There is so much to do in Big Bear and this is one of the most enjoyable times of year to experience it!

10010661_R_OKTOBERFEST_0904This weekend, be sure to take part in Oktoberfest ‘Unplugged’. Check out all the details on this unique event on my Tuesday’s Topic post here. Looking for some chills and thrills? Head over to the Meadow Park Gym for the ‘Panic in the Park Haunted House’. They also have a not-so-scary house for the little ones earlier in the evening. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo has a couple of events happening: Wolf Awareness Day is on Saturday from 11 AM to 3 PM and the Flashlight Safari is that same evening beginning at 6:30 PM.

Hurry and take advantage of our fall specials before they disappear October 31. Save 25% on a two night stay OR Stay two nights and get the third night FREE! Our cabins are clean, comfortable and have the amenities you want so head on over to RSVacations.net and book a Big Bear Vacation Cabin today!

 

10-16-14Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 10-18-14Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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