Archive for December, 2012

Looking for somewhere to eat this New Year’s Eve or Day? Here is a listing of some of Big Bear’s finest restaurants and their holiday hours. Enjoy!

RS Vacations reminds our friends to celebrate responsibly –
Please don’t drink and drive!

New Year's Eve 2012 Restaurant Listing

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Whispering Forest


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Wonderful Retreat with Spacious Great Room and Family Room

The views of Bear Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain are incredible from this private cabin nestled on a slope in the woods. Listen to the wind whisper through the pines and feel your cares melt away while you stay at this peaceful retreat.

The enchanting great room on the first level allows for entertaining, relaxing by the wood burning fireplace, cooking together and even playing pool while enjoying the amazing views. A flat screen TV and Internet are available for your use and a bath with shower and stackable Washer and Dryer are all handy. A deck with both a charcoal and propane grill is located right off the great room.

The lower level has a cozy family room with views and a wood fireplace, TV, and full size sleep sofa for added room. The three bedrooms and full bath are adjacent. The master bedroom has a lovely queen bed and the two guestrooms also have queens. All the bedrooms have TV’s.

A back door from the family room leads down to the huge lot that is perfect for winter fun for the whole family.

Parking for 4 cars. Two at street level and two on sloped driveway.

No pets please.


  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
Breathtaking Views
Great Room with Pool Table
Separate Family Room
2 Wood burning Fireplaces
Deck with Propane and Charcoal Grill
3 Queens
Pull Out Twin Bed
Full Size Sleep Sofa
Stackable Washer and Dryer
Huge Lot for Winter Fun
Parking for 4 Cars

View more photos, check availability and book Whispering Forest online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a Relaxing, Family, Big Bear Lake Vacation.

To view, download and/or print a .pdf flyer of Whispering Forest, please click the following link: Whispering Forest Printable Flyer

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bigbear-tubingLooking for something different to do this weekend with the family? How about night tubing? Every night from Friday, December 28 to Sunday, January 6, the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is offering night snow tubing from 5 PM to 9 PM. They have a great magic carpet, no no hiking involved! Bundle up and have a blast!

Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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Weather Courtesy of BensWeather.com

whats up 12-28-12

Events Courtesy of BigBear.com

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Here is a list of events happening at Big Bear Mountain Resorts now through New Years Eve. Enjoy!

Tuesday 12/25bbmr
* Christmas Day
Friday 12/28
* DJ Slip Matt @ Bear 12-4
* DJ Desi @ Summit
Saturday 12/29
* DJ Jason @ Bear 12-4
* DJ Desi @ Summit
Sunday 12/30
* World Snowboard Day Chuck Allen Snake Run Last Chair @ Bear
* DJ Slip Matt @ Bear 12-4
* DJ Desi @ Summit
* Goldsmith Race #1 @ Summit
Monday 12/31
* Torchlight Parade @ Summit 7pm
* New Year’s Eve Party @ Summit Bullwheel Bar w/DJ Desi after parade to 12:30
* New Year’s Eve Party @ Bear DJ Club George 9pm to 12:30am

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Weather Courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 12-20-12

Events Courtesy of BigBear.com

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Did you wait until the last minute and think there are no Vacation Rentals still available for Christmastime in Big Bear? Think Again! Here is a list of homes that still have openings (Click on the Cabin Name to be taken to its page in a new window) – The snow is flying, the slopes are open, so book today at RSVacations.net!

Lodge-Sized Cabins (Sleep 12+)

Cabin Name                                   Available Dates (as of 12/18/12)              Nightly Rates Starting At:

Bear Peek Inn                               12/18 – 12/22 & 12/25- 12/27                    $475

Bear Ranch Retreat                     12/18 – 12/23 & 12/26 – 12/29                   $500

Northshore Family Lodge          12/25 – 12/28                                                $610

Eden Mountain Lodge                12/18 – 12/22                                                 $950

Midsized Cabins (Sleep 7 – 10)

Rockspray Retreat                       12/25 – 12/27                                                 $285

Whispering Forest                       12/18 – 12/22                                                 $315

Fox Mountain                               12/18 – 12/22 & 12/25 -12/27                     $275

La Cerena Chalet                          12/18 – 12/28                                                 $250

Pine View Escape                         12-12/20 & 12/24 – 12/29                            $300

Bluebird Cottage                          12/18 – 12/25                                                  $245

Alpine Mountain                          12/18 – 12/20 & 12/23 – 12/26                   $225

Air Chalet                                       12/18 – 12/21                                                  $220

Clyde’s Chalet                               12/18 – 12/27                                                  $325

Evergreen Chalet                          12/20 – 12/22                                                 $475

Moonridge Chalet                         12/18 – 12/23 & 12/26 – 12/28                   $275

Cozy Cabins (Sleep 4 – 6)

Bayside Condo                              12/18 – 12/22 & 12/23 – 12/28                    $245

Primrose Place                              12/18 – 12/26                                                  $275

Bear Country Getaway                12/18 – 12/31                                                   $190

Highland Hideaway                     12/18 – 12/26                                                  $210

Ski Sweet A                                    12/18 – 12/23                                                  $225

Ski Sweet B                                    12/25 – 12/27                                                  $300

Moulin Rouge                               12/18 – 12/29                                                  $215

Kuehl Kabin                                  12/23 – 12/26                                                  $275

Heavenly Hideaway                     12/18 – 12/28                                                  $195

Deer Canyon Chalet                     12/18 – 12/26                                                  $200

A Piece of Heaven                        12/18 – 12/26                                                  $275

Zell Haus                                       12/18 – 12/21 & 12/23 – 12/31                      $195

Bear View                                       12/18 – 12/27                                                  $190

Some Disclaimers: Although I try to be as accurate as I can, there could be some mistakes here. Nights available and nightly rates are not guaranteed until booked. The first date listed in a range is available for check-ins, the second date is available for check outs. This information is up to date as of 12/18/12 at 9:00 AM. Please visit our website at RSVacations.net for more details or to book online.

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Last week,  I focused my posts on Snow Summit. Today, we here at RS Vacations heard whisperings of a Special Event taking place on January 12-13, 2013 that will mark the occasion. Details are minimal but as soon as we hear more, I will pass it on to you! Here is a link to the info we found:


Keep an eye out for more info!

RS Vacations has plenty of cabins available for that weekend, but they will fill up fast! Book today at RSVacations.net
and spend a weekend in a Winter Wonderland.

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Alpine Mountain


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Big Bear Escape Close to the Village and Alpine Slide/Snow Play

Great family cabin close to the Village and Alpine Slide with a game room to make the biggest kids happy. As an added bonus, this 2 bedroom and 2 full bath cabin has extra sleeping accommodations to fit the needs of any group.

Relax around the fire on those snowy winter evenings or play to your heart’s content with Pool, Foosball, or Basketball Video available in the game room. Entertainment also includes WiFi, 5 TV’s with a new flat screen TV in the living room and TV’s in the game room, master, guest room, and next to the futon just outside the game room.

Alpine Mountain sleeps 8 with a king in the master, and a double bed plus twin bunk beds with a trundle in the guest room. A queen bed is also located adjacent to the guest room and upstairs full bath as well as the double size futon set up next to the game room.

The great outdoors can be enjoyed from the country style front porch or back deck with outdoor dining area. Bring your cup of java out and sit and breathe in the fresh mountain morning air.

Come on up to the mountains today!


  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 2

Close to the Village and Alpine Slide/Snow Play
Sleeps 8:1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Double Bed, 2 Twin Bunk beds with Trundle, 1 Full Futon
2 Car Parking with Carport
Game Room with Pool Table
Basketball Video Game
Five TV’s Throughout the House
Wood Burning Fireplace
Full Size Family Kitchen
Back Deck with Outdoor Dining
Country Front Porch

View more photos, check availability and book Alpine Mountain online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a Fun, Family Big Bear Lake Vacation.

To view, download and/or print a .pdf flyer of Alpine Mountain, please click the following link: Alpine Mountain Printable Flyer



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Snow Summit, 1952-Present

(Info courtesy of Snow Summit)

In 1950 avid sportsman, Tommi Tyndall, recognized skiing as a growing sport in Southern California. With the help of his wife, Jo, and her father, the Reverend Doctor Alfred Hughes, he persuaded friends, relatives, local businessmen, and ski enthusiasts to invest in his new company, Snow Summit, Inc. After two years of intense effort with the Forest Service, construction began in 1952 of a half mile access road and a mile-long chairlift. Also, the clearing of Log Chute ski run and some base area slopes for rope tows and the basement of the Summit Inn.

By January 1953, the first chairlift was completed and had become the nation’s first detachable chairlift. The original chairlift was replaced with a modern, high capacity fixed grip double chairlift. Following the completion of this and the Summit Inn, Tommi encountered yet another challenge. The lack of adequate natural snow limited the amount of days business was open per season putting the survival of the company at risk.

By 1960 Tommi was convinced that snowmaking was possible and essential in Southern California. By the fall of 1964 snowmaking covered slopes served by three rope tows on the Bear Bottom beginner area and the lower part of Miracle Mile served by the chairlift. The chairlift became the first to be served by snowmaking in the West!

Tommi would never see the success of Snow Summit that he both started and saved. On December 27, 1964 Tommi was killed in a tractor accident while dragging a chain to remove dirt berms on the slopes. At only 52, Tommi did not live to see that his snowmaking system proved to be the critical turning point and ultimate success in Snow Summit’s history.

Jo Tyndall, Tommi’s wife, was appointed by the Board of Directors as the General Manager of Snow Summit. After becoming General Manager she chose her son, Dick Kun, as her assistant.

Meanwhile, thanks to the newly installed snowmaking system, Snow Summit entered a period of stability making just enough income to maintain the resort and gradually reduce its debt.

The 1960s brought the take-off of the modern U.S. ski resort industry both nationally and in Southern California. This time also saw huge improvements in grooming, ski equipment and snowmaking systems. With little capital for physical improvements, Snow Summit needed a way to satisfy customers so they would return. This was done with exceptional snowmaking, grooming operations and the famous limited ticket sales policy.

By the 1968/1969 season, the Board of Directors and long-time attorney had gained enough confidence in Snow Summit’s future to install a second chairlift. In the fall of 1969, Westridge Run was cleared becoming the first major new run since the late 1950s.

Finally, during the 1972/1973 season Snow Summit hit the jackpot, receiving the most natural snow in its history. The snow brought more than double the customer visits from previous seasons and its gross annual income more than doubled. After operating for more than 20 years, Snow Summit was finally on its way.

Following the 1972/1973 season, Snow Summit embarked upon an enormous facility improvement program. Chair 3 and its runs were constructed, and Chair 1’s snowmaking system was almost completely rebuilt. The lower water storage pond was assembled with new buried steel air and water pipelines for snowmaking. The Summit Inn was also renovated.

By the 1975/1976 season Chair 4, the beginner lift, was installed and the snowmaking system had been expanded. The following summer snowmaking had been installed to the top of Summit Run, a 10-million gallon reservoir was built at the top of the mountain, and more air compressors were installed.

Demand was so great by the winter of 1976, people with sleeping bags would line up in front of the ticket windows at 2:00 a.m. By January, Snow Summit introduced the ski industry’s first reserved ticket system, helping people avoid the early morning lines.

During the summer of 1979 Chairs 6 and 7 were installed, and the first two floors of Bear Bottom Lodge were constructed. The concrete basement housed the largest diesel power generating plant of any ski resort in the nation, along with more air compressors for snowmaking. A 1-mile waterline and pumping system from Big Bear Lake was also installed, assuring adequate snowmaking water for the future.

In 1980 Jo Tyndall retired. Sadly, that same year she passed away from cancer. Her son, Dick Kun, then assumed the presidency.

To continue the growth of the company, management looked to acquire another resort. By late 1981 Snow Summit gained China Peak, renamed Sierra Summit, a ski area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Fresno. Between the two resorts 680,000 skier visits were generated and the future looked bright.

During the summer of 1988 Snow Summit began taking mountain bikes and their riders up the chair so they could ride down the trails off-site beyond permit boundaries. Big Bear has some of the best mountain biking in Southern California accessible by the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair with more than 40 miles of cross-country forest service roads and trails.

The greatest impact on business in the 1990s was the advent of snowboarding. By catering to snowboarders and putting in terrain parks and halfpipes, the sport grew like wildfire. Snow Summit has led the industry in the design and operation of freestyle parks and has one of the largest amounts of terrain dedicated to freestyle snowboarding and skiing in the country. Snow Summit has been named in various polls as having the best parks in the nation, if not the world. With the parks at Snow Summit and their reputation, several high caliber events have been held at the resort including ESPN’s Winter X Games, Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding, MTV Snowed In and several others.

On October 10, 2002, Snow Summit purchased Big Bear Mountain Resort, including the Golf Course, from Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc. Today Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, combine to form Southern California’s number one ski resort.

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