Archive for February, 2013

The roads are clear, the sky is blue and the snow is amazing!!
Book a Big Bear Cabin today, and escape to paradise for the weekend!

Weather 2-28-13
Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 2-28-13
Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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3/1 to 3/31

Big Bear’s Ski Resorts are still going strong! We have Mid-Season Ski Conditions paired with gorgeous Spring Weather! What could be better??

How about perfect Big Bear Vacation Cabins – at Off-Season prices!!

We have a number of 2 to 4 bedroom homes ready and waiting for you this weekend at GREAT, discounted prices! Are we crazy?…yes, a little wacky! Book today before our sanity returns!

Find your ideal Big Bear Getaway and book today. RS Vacations has what you need!

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Looking to do some skiing this weekend? Well, the weather is great, the snow is amazing and there is a fantastic event going on as well! Come on up!!

2013 USARC Skiathon

When: Saturday, March 2nd, 2013usarc poster
Where: Bear Mountain Resort
Who: Skiers & Snowboarders (You!)
Cost: $150 Individual or $500 Teams of Four

The hot FUNdraiser of the winter season is the Skiathon, enabling winter fanatics to have fun on the slopes while working toward the estimable end of supporting the USARC. The funds raised in the annual Skiathon offset the expense of purchasing adaptive ski equipment, training 200 volunteers and professional staff members, and subsidizing the cost of every lesson!

Everybody wins!  Participants receive a full-day ticket to Bear Mountain with lift-line cutting privileges, a Survival Kit, a 100% cotton Skiathon 2013 T-shirt, lunch, aprés-ski party with refreshments, hors-d’oeuvres, raffle ticket(s), auction and entertainment. Sponsors receive a tax deduction and the USARC can continue to provide opportunities for challenges and success. In addition, grand prizes and raffle prizes include lodging, lift tickets, gift cards, ski clothing, and more!

The real winners of the Skiathon are thousands of disabled children and adults who discover their potential through opportunities created by the generosity of each participant and sponsor.

USARC has partnered with FirstGiving to enable on-line registration and fundraising. Skiathon participants will be able to create their own personal fundraising website where supporters may pledge directly with credit cards, e-checks, or Pay-Pal!

To register on-line for the Ski-A-Thon, or to pledge support to a participant or team, visit our Ski-A-Thon 2013 page at FirstGiving.

To register by mail for the Ski-A-Thon, or make a donation, download the Ski-A-Thon Brochure & Pledge Form

For additional information please
contact the USARC office.

Need somewhere to stay? RS Vacations has several homes still available for this weekend. Book a Big Bear Lake Vacation Cabin and join us in skiing for a cause!

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we can do itCan:

1) To be able to do, make, or accomplish
2) Be made possible or probable by circumstances or choice


1) Can not

I have always disliked the word can’t. It is so final. Can’t simply means that you have given up. Have I used the word? Absolutely. Am I proud of those moments? No.

I hear people all the time say “I can’t do this” or “I can’t do that”. Why? Usually because they don’t want to put the effort into making something happen or because they are afraid to try something. I have been guilty of that.

Years ago, my hubby wanted me to go skiing with him. I hadn’t been on skis since I was a kid and well, let’s face it – I’m a big girl. I said, “I can’t”. He said, “Why not?” I then proceeded to give him every excuse in the book. “I won’t fit into those pants”, “If I fall down, I wont be able to get up”, and so on. He simply told me that he really wanted to spend time with me, he knew I could do it, but it was ultimately up to me.

He really knows how to get to me! But you know what? He was absolutely right. I went skiing, overcame my fear and doubt, had a great time with my husband and felt proud of myself for changing “I can’t” into “I can”. We continue to ski several times most seasons and I still love it and get better each time.

This coming Saturday is the Ski-a-Thon Fundraiser for the USARC (US Adaptive Recreation Center) at Bear Mountain. The USARC provides adaptive skiing and other outdoor recreation and sports to people with disabilities. These are people that have every reason to say “I can’t” but instead choose to say “I can”. I am awed by their determination and courage to do things most of us take for granted. They are choosing to live their life to the fullest. Shouldn’t we all?

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Primrose Place


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Wonderful and Warm Authentic Mountain Cabin with Spa

Primrose Place is an authentic mountain cabin with real knotty-pine beams and paneling and a beautiful decor. On a corner lot and surrounded by trees, it has a very private feel; but is just minutes to all attractions—only a half-mile away from Bear Mountain ski resort or the National Forrest or a few minutes drive to the lake and Alpine Pedal Path, for boating, fishing, biking or hiking.

The open floor plan includes a small, but fully equipped kitchen, with a beautiful split log eating counter, a dining area, and a cozy living room, complete with a native rock fireplace. Flat screen TV/DVD/cable too!

The cozy downstairs bedroom has a queen-sized, log-style bed, the second bedroom has a king-sized bed (that can be separated into 2 twins), and the 3rd bedroom (which is a “loft” with no door) has 3 twin beds and a roll-away bed. The loft also has a flat screen TV, PS2 game system, toys, books and board games, making it the perfect room for the kids or teens! The flexible sleeping options are great for extended families.

Out back is a private deck with forest views and a sunken hot tub. Easy parking in the circular drive. Equipped with WiFi, plus compact dishwasher and washer/dryer for light loads.

No Smoking.

Book your Big Bear getaway today at charming Primrose Place!


  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
Close to Bear Mountain and National Forrest
Sunken Spa on Deck
Wood burning Fireplace
3 Bedrooms,
1.5 baths
WiFi/cable/DVD, 2 Flat Screen TVs
Queen in Master on First Floor
King (which can convert to 2 twins) in Guest Bedroom
3 Twins plus roll-away in Loft
Compact Washer/ Dryer and Dish Washer
Parking for 3 Cars in Circular Driveway
Easy Access to Front Door
Pet Friendly

View more photos, check availability and book Primrose Place online at RSVacations.net today and treat yourself to a relaxing Big Bear Lake Vacation.

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

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We all know that many Hollywood movies are full of ‘cheesy’ lines and actors that like to ‘ham’ it up. Well, if you’re hosting an Oscar Viewing Party this year, why not add some ‘cheese’ and ‘ham’ (well, okay, actually bacon…but everyone loves bacon, right?) of your own?

Here is a recipe that will surely win the award for Best Appetizer:

Easy (and delicious) Cheese Ballcheese ball

2 (8 ounce) packages Philly cream cheese, softened
1 (1 ounce) packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup real bacon bits
Assorted crackers, for serving

In a medium bowl, mash cream cheese and add dressing mix. Stir well. Add shredded cheddar and thoroughly mix. Shape the mixture into a ball and roll in bacon, pressing to adhere the bacon. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Take out of refrigerator about 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!!

Some tips:

  • Make sure you get the ranch ‘dressing mix’, NOT the ‘dip mix’. The dip mix is too salty.
  • This is best the next day, so try to make it the night before.
  • You can shape it into anything. We do a tree for Christmas (adding parsley to the bacon bits for rolling), an egg shape for Easter and a spider for Halloween. Be creative!

A funny, but true story about this cheese ball: I made one for my husband to take to work at Christmastime last year. Everyone devoured it. Several months later a couple of the guys from hubby’s work helped us move and when we went to pay them for helping, they asked if  I would make them each a cheese ball instead of cash. It’s that good!!

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Courtesy of BigBearHistorySite.com

At the same time that the film industry was getting started in Big Bear Lake, tourism was beginning to take off.  Lodges were being built all over the valley. Real Estate values were soaring. Business was good, but only during the summer.  During the winter months, the lodges and most resort businesses would close down and their owners would leave the hill.  Except for a hand full of hard core locals, Big Bear sat empty.  The ski resorts didn’t exist yet.  During the winter months, there was absolutely nothing going on in Big Bear.

Filming at the old Pine Knot Lodge at Big Bear Lake in the 1920's - Rick Keppler collection.

Until Pine Knot Lodge opened it’s doors to the movie studios, Big Bear was a ghost town during the winter. – Rick Keppler collection.

However, there was a local guy back then, by the name of Fred C. Skinner, who wanted to do something to try and change that.   Fred was manager of the new Pine Knot Lodge, which was Big Bear’s largest resort.  He had organized Pine Knot’s first Chamber of Commerce, and in 1914, Fred informed Hollywood production companies that the Pine Knot Lodge would remain open during the winter if they wanted to film. He even brought in a generator, and Pine Knot Lodge had electrical power five years before electricity reached the valley.  The movie industry enthusiastically supported Skinner’s efforts and began filming right through the winters.  Few people in Big Bear today realize just how important Fred’s work was back then.  Until the  ski resorts came along, it was the film industry, not the tourists, that kept the Big Bear community alive through the long winter months each year.

The Big Bear community and the movie industry pretty much grew up during the same time period.  The film companies mixed easily with the local community, and Big Bear residents enjoyed working as extras on films whenever they were needed.  Many early Big Bear pioneers including Dad Skinner, Bill Knickerbocker, Henry Shay (of Shay Ranch), and some of the Talmadges of the IS Ranch, all worked as extras in these early films.

If you’d like to come to Big Bear and discover what Hollywood’s love of our valley is all about, consider staying with us at RS Vacations. Book your Big Bear Vacation Rental today!

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We’ve received another foot of fresh snow this week!!
Come up and play – the weather is great!!

Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

What's Up 2-23-13
Events Calendar courtesy of BigBear.com

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Pirate shipThere are some very unique ways of experiencing Big Bear. You can view it from a helicopter, a big, 4-wheel drive jeep or even a Pirate Ship. That’s right, we have our own Pirate Ship. The ‘Time Bandit’ is an actual 1/3 scale replica of a Spanish Galleon that was built by a father and son in their backyard in the late 60’s and early 70’s and then used in the 1981 Hollywood movie “Time Bandits”. It was used in several different capacities over the years, but finally made its way to our own Big Bear Lake.

A tour on the Time Bandit is led by your Captain (a pirate, of course) and features live entertainment while you take a tour of Big Bear Lake and learn about its history and learn the inside scoop on some of our famous residents. You might get to see the homes of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead creator), Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner.

The tour also includes a visit past the “War Games” house and if you’re lucky, you might swing by the former home of cartoon legend Mel Blanc (What’s up, Doc?) where his son, Noel (a current Big Bear resident) could entertain you with some famous voices.bugs-bunny-and-carrot

At the end of your tour, little buccaneers will get a pirate ‘tattoo’ and a peek inside the treasure chest. The perfect way to learn about Big Bear’s ‘Hollywood Connection’.

The Time Bandit shove’s off from Holloway’s Marina. You can get more information by calling  (909) 878-4040.

Book your Big Bear Cabin today, matey, and experience the Time Bandit and all her secrets!

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The year was 1983. I was sitting in Big Bear Lake’s Village Theater. At that time there was only one and it was a single screen. They also always had a double feature. One ticket, two movies! What ever happened to that concept? The only down side to our little theater was that we got the major movies about six months after they came out everywhere else in the country. Ahhh…small town living.

So back to my story. I was sitting in the theater watching the movie “War Games” with Matthew Broderick and wouldn’t you know, Big Bear’s own 7-11 is on the screen! wargames7-11It was the scene where he got arrested by the F.B.I.. Everyone in the theater started whispering and clapping. (Hey, not much happened in Big Bear in 1983.) There were a few other scenes with Big Bear locations as well and it was pretty exciting stuff.

Over the years I have seen many movies and TV shows with Big Bear locations and it is always brings back a little bit of that old excitement. I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising. Hollywood is only a few hours away, after all, and our town offers one of the few alpine settings close by, but when you grow up somewhere as small and close-knit as this (it used to be much more so), the entire valley is your “home”. And even though movie stars are just people, Hollywood has its own kind of excitement that cannot be denied.

As this coming Sunday is the Academy Awards, I thought I would spend the week sharing some of Big Bear’s ‘Hollywood Connection’ with you.

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