Archive for December, 2013

Hello everyone! Well, we have made it (almost – 12 hours and counting!) through another year, but before we say goodbye to 2013, there is one last night to live it up in Big Bear Lake. Here is an Events Flyer (courtesy of BigBear.com) with the details of tonight’s festivities.

A friendly reminder from RS Vacations: Please celebrate responsibly – Don’t drink and drive.

what's up 12-31-13

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calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutions-620x469_mediumWell, it may not have been a White Christmas here in Big Bear Lake, but it was beautiful nonetheless. Lovely, fair weather continues this week and into New Years with temperatures perfect for skiing and boarding, tubing or just wandering around The Village.

Night Tubing is back at SnowPlay at the Alpine Slide and Snow Summit has night session every night until January 4th.

New Year’s Eve is coming up fast and Big Bear has multiple ways to enjoy ringing in the New Year. There are parties at several restaurants and clubs around town as well as at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. And don’t miss the Annual Torchlight Parade that winds down the runs at Snow Summit – it starts at 7:00 PM on the 31st.



12-26-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

New Year’s Eve Parties and Events

Snow Summit New Year's Eve Torchlight ParadeAnnual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade at Snow Summit Ski Resort

Dec 31, 2013; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Snow Summit ski resort
Cost: FREE
After a terrific day on the slopes on New Year’s Eve, guest will be treated to a torchlight parade at 7 p.m. followed up by Summit’s New Year Eve Party starting at 8 p.m. The Torchlight Parade is a spectacular sight to see as 100 skiers and snowboarders carry torches down Miracle Mile to weave a mysterious path of light to ring in the New Year; the show is free to spectators. Shortly following is the New Year’s Eve Party (see below).

Wyatt’s New Year’s Eve Party

Dec 31, 2013; doors open 5 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Big Bear Lake Convention Center
Admission: $5/person or $10/family (up to 6) and includes party favors, FREE champagne toast and complimentary shuttle rides home!
Big Bear’s Only Family New Year’s Celebration!” Join us for New Year’s Eve at Wyatt’s for live music by DJ Joe and Dawson’s Gang (One of SoCal’s Top Country Bands), bounce house, children’s arts and crafts, complimentary shuttle and champagne at 12 midnight and much more.  Click here for more information. For more information call (909) 585-3000.

Nottinghams New Year’s Eve Party

Nottinghams Restaurant
Dec 31, 2013; 7 p.m. (music starts 9 p.m) – 1 a.m. (New Year’s Eve Party only. For dining at the restaurant, see hours below.)
Admission: $40 includes light appetizers & dessert, champagne toast and party favors (21 and over)
Sells out early! Pre-purchase tickets at Robinhood Resort or Nottinghams Restaurant or call (909) 866-4643. Join us for dinner to enjoy our special New Year’s Eve menu!

Snow Summit New Year’s Party

Dec 31, 2013; 8 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Snow Summit
Admission: $35/person includes appetizers and party favors (21 and over)
New Year’s Eve Party featuring DJ Desi, Party Favors, and hors d’oeuvres (21 or older with valid ID).

Bear Mountain New Year’s Party

Dec 31, 2013; 9 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Bear Mountain
Admission: $35/person includes appetizers and party favors (21 and over).
Keep the excitement going after a day on the snow by bringing in the New Year with live music, food, and much more! Bear Mountain Party begins at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Celebration with the Real Jazz Trio at the Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort

Dec 31, 2013; 6 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Admission: Early Bird- Dinner from 5-7pm $50; Regular- Dinner from 8-10 pm $60. (Tickets include Dinner, champagne toast and party favors! LIVE entertainment and beer/wine specials!)
Menu: Prime rib, salmon, or chicken cordon bleu paired with potato or veggie salad, bread, dessert and champagne.
Come ring in the New Year with us at the Wine Room at Wolf Creek Resort! The Real Jazz Trio Cool will perform jazz from 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. and dance to Old Time Rock ‘n Roll 8 p.m.- 12 midnight.  Courtesy shuttles available (weather permitting and based on availability), photo booth, party favors and more. Call (909) 866-8705 to purchase your tickets.

Rockin’ in the New Year at The Cave

Dec 31, 2013; doors open 5 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. (Free Appetizers 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Happy Hour 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. All Food & Drinks are 50% off!)
Admission: $50 general admission; $60 premium tickets; $75 VIP tickets
The Cave will be “Rockin’ in the New Year” 2014! Come ring in the New Year with us at this DON’T miss event! Tickets include champagne toast, party favors, appetizers, photos, dancing and LIVE entertainment! Call (909) 878-0204 for tickets and information.

Northwoods Resort New Year’s Eve Party

Dec 31, 2013
Admission: $59/person
Join Northwoods Resort for the party of the year! Make your reservations now, it will sell out (909) 866-3121.


Snow Summit’s annual torchlight parade is Big Bear’s signature New Year’s Eve event, a holiday attraction not seen anywhere else in Southern California! The mountain resort is only a two hour drive from most Southern California communities and is a great escape from the norm. Monday, December 31 at 7 p.m. 250 skiers and snowboarders, some dressed in eccentric holiday costumes, will descend down snow capped mountains with lit torches to create a spectacular display of illumination.

The free event can be seen from a range of vantage points throughout Big Bear. Besides the torchlight parade, Big Bear has a variety of recreational activities happening after the sun goes down including night-session skiing at Snow Summit and inner tubing under-the-lights at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain. Festive celebrations happening throughout the valley include distinctive holiday menus, special musical guests, and reasonable admission charges. Wyatt’s at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center and Nottinghams Restaurant all plan to bring down the house this New Year’s Eve with a bang!

Snow Summit is open for night skiing from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a brief interruption of course for the torchlight parade. Celebrations at both ski resorts begin, after the impressive parade ends. Snow Summit is known for its fun filled evening of dancing and good times that goes well into the night with a DJ spinning high-energy music. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. and goes to 1 p.m. The cover charge is $35 and includes party favors and light appetizers.

Bear Mountain offers a more edgy festivity with DJ’s spinning modern rock and hip hop music. Bear Mountain’s New Years Eve celebration starts at 9 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. The cover charge is $35 and includes heavy appetizers.

Guests must be 21 years or older and reservations are recommended for all Big Bear New Year’s Eve celebrations. Can’t find lodging for New Years Eve and to learn more about New Year’s Eve in Big Bear call 800-424-4232.

Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from all of us here at


RS Vacations Big Bear!




May you have a blessed day filled with family, friends and joy!!

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Wondering what there is to do Christmas Week here in Big Bear Lake? Plenty! Following is a list of activities along with hours of operation for the holiday week. Also included is a list of restaurants and their hours for Christmas Eve and Day.

Courtesy of BigBear.com

Things to Do During the Christmas Holiday Weekend


If you really want to add sparkle to your holiday season there is no better place in Southern California than Big Bear Lake. From Christmas to New Years the cozy mountain town transforms into a magical place of yule-tide cheer!


Alpine Slide: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (weather permitting); Christmas Day, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Night sessions Dec. 13 – Dec. 23 & Dec. 26 – Jan. 4, 2014: night sessions 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. for $20 per person.

Big Bear Snow Play: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Bowling Barn: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, 12 noon -10 p.m.

Big Bear Fun Plex: Christmas Eve & Day Open, hours TBA

Big Bear Alpine Zoo: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, CLOSED.

Snow Summit: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Day Session* 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Night Session 3 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). *Day Session extends to 6 p.m. when Night Session is offered.

Bear Mountain Ski Resort: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 8 a.m. – 4:30 pm.

Helicopter Big Bear: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Open, call for reservations (909) 585-1200.

Gallery of the American Landscape: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Christmas Day, CLOSED.

Big Bear Discovery Center: Christmas Eve, 8:30 a.m. –2 p.m.; Christmas day, CLOSED. Monday, Dec. 26, Federal Holiday, CLOSED; Tuesday Dec. 27 & Wednesday Dec. 28: CLOSED.

Holloway’s Marina: (Continuously open) 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Altitudes Massage: Christmas 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat: Christmas Eve and Christmas day Open, call for reservations and dependent on interest.

Action Zipline Tours: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Action Segway Tours: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Goldsmith’s Board House: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 7 a.m – 10 p.m.


Featured Restaurants Open on the Christmas Day:

Knickerbocker Mansion B&B Open Christmas Day (reservations required)

Nottinghams Restaurant Open Christmas Eve, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Christmas Day, 1 p.m.- 9 p.m. (reservations required)

Noble Romans Pizza  Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Himalayan Restaurant Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Dynasty Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Grizzly Manor Open Christmas Eve, 2 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day

Evergreen Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (dinner menu only)

Amangelas Open Christmas Eve 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day

Sweet Basil Bistro Open Christmas Eve until late; Closed Christmas Day

Stillwells Restaurant at Northwoods Resort  Open Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. (view Christmas Special menu)

Peppercorn Grille Open Christmas Eve; Closed Christmas Day (will not accept parties larger than 6 people)

Big Bear Mountain Brewery Open Christmas Eve, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day

Murray’s Saloon & Eatery Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Royal Thai Cafe Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Cowboy Steakhouse & Saloon Open Christmas Eve; Closed Christmas Day


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IT’S SNOWING! 🙂  Snow began to fly in Big Bear a couple of hours ago and it is looking very white outside. Perfect timing!! Check out the forecast below.

There is a lot to do this coming week in Big Bear Lake and the Skiing and Boarding are GREAT and getting better by the minute!

We do have a few homes left for the Holidays. Visit RSVacations.net and book a Big Bear Cabin for Christmas or New Years. Don’t wait, they’re almost all gone!!


12-19-13Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

what's up 12-21-13Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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SantaDid you wait until the last minute and think there are no Vacation Rental Cabins still available for Christmas or New Years in Big Bear? Think Again! Here is a list of homes that still have openings between 12/20 and 1/2. (Click on the Cabin Name to be taken to its page in a new window for full information including pricing-Secure, online booking available for most homes)

The snow is coming, the slopes are open, so book today at RSVacations.net!

Cabin Name                                           Available Dates (as of 12/16/13)
Nightly Rates Starting At:

Lodge-Sized Cabins (Sleep 12+)

Eden Mountain Lodge                  12/22 – 12/26

Bear Peek Inn                                   12/23 – 12/26 & 12/30 – 1/3$525

Midsized Cabins (Sleep 7 – 10)

Natoma                                                12/20 – 12/24 & 12/29 – 1/2

La Cerena Chalet                             12/23 – 12/26

Beagle’s Nest                                     12/23 – 12/27 & 12/30 – 1/2

Bluebird Cottage                             12/20 – 12/26

Pine View Escape                           12/22 – 12/26

Fox Mountain                                   12/23 – 12/27

Moonridge Chalet                           12/27 – 12/29

Air Chalet                                            12/23 – 12/26

OMG-Our Mountain Getaway       12/20 – 12/26

Lagunita Lakefront                        12/20 – 12/23

A Piece of Heaven                            12/22 – 12/27 & 12/30 – 1/2

Clyde’s Chalet                                    12/22 – 12/24

Cozy Cabins (Sleep 4 – 6)

Primrose Place                                12/20 – 12/27

Dancing Bears                                  12/22 – 12/26

Bear Meadows Townhouse        12/20 – 12/26 & 12/30 – 1/2

Bear Country Getaway                 12/27 – 1/2

Bear Foot Cabin                              12/20 – 12/27

Bear View                                           12/23 – 1/2

Southern Comfort (NEW)          12/20 – 1/2

Sunset Getaway                               12/20 – 1/2

Moondrift (NEW)                           12/20 – 1/2

Moulin Rouge                                  12/20 – 12/29

Feathernest on the Lake            12/20 – 1/2

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 12/16/13 at 9:00 AM. Please visit our website at RSVacations.net for more details or to book online.

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snowmaking-588x440How do Big Bear Mountain Resorts provide world-class skiing and snowboarding when Mother Nature is being a bit, well…difficult? Snowmaking. Here is some interesting information and facts about our local resort’s snowmaking systems. Courtesy of SnowSummit.com

Snowmaking Basics

Man-made snow is real snow (not “artificial”) made by “guns” spraying atomized water particles under high pressure into the cold dry atmosphere, which freeze into snow particles before they hit the ground. The colder and drier the air, the more water can be put through the gun. No additive or chemical is put in the water.  The only difference between natural and man-made snow is that the latter falls as small round pellets due to the air turbulence, while natural usually comes in the form of small to large flakes.  However, in windy conditions even natural snow will be blown into small pellets or even marble-sized balls called “grapple”.  Natural snow can be very wet or dry, depending on its water content, the same as with man-made.  After two or three days on the ski runs, natural snow becomes indistinguishable from man-made as both are subject to skier traffic, grooming, and the freeze/thaw cycle.

Buried Pipelines

Many miles of buried steel air and water pipe lines, from 2 inches to 2 feet in diameter, deliver the high pressure water and air throughout the mountain. Attached to the main lines are hydrants placed on the sides of runs, every 50 to 150 feet or so. Each resort has about 500 hydrants lining its runs. The “air” guns are attached to the hydrants by air and water hoses and the “fan” guns by water hoses and electrical lines.  The guns are placed exactly where the snow is to be made and when enough snow is made at one location, they are moved to another.

The Guns

We use two types of snowmaking guns. One uses compressed air mixed with water at the gun (which is really just a tube with a small nozzle at the end) to atomize the water into particles small enough to freeze quickly. The other “airless” type uses an electric fan in a 5 foot long by 2 ½ foot wide tube that pushes an air stream into which small particles of water are sprayed by dozens of tiny nozzles on the rim of the tube.  (Fan guns aren’t completely “airless”; there is a small on-board compressor that helps to atomize the water at the nozzles.) If we just sprayed water straight out from a hose, without atomizing the water, it would be like rain water droplets that are too big to freeze before they hit the ground, which would then freeze on the ground as ordinary ice.

The colder and drier the air, the more snow can be made at each gun since more water can be introduced into the outside air mass because it can freeze faster. In 2006, about 70 “airless” fan guns and about 80 “air” guns can operate at one time at Snow Summit alone.  Bear Mountain operates about 45 fans and 90 air guns respectively.  (We actually have several types of air guns, but they all function basically the same way.) A number of both types of guns are mounted on towers, from 6 to 20 feet high.  While they can’t be moved to put the snow exactly where desired, they produce more snow than guns close to the surface because there is more “hang time” for the water particles to freeze before they hit the ground.

Tremendous Snow Production

Each gun can produce an amazing amount of snow in good conditions (5% to 20% humidity and 10° to 20° F), much faster than Mother Nature.  A compressed snowmaking28bgair gun can convert about 70 gallons per minute (gpm) into snow while a fan gun can convert up to 200 gpm in those conditions. (Consider that a garden hose puts out about 3 to 5 gpm.) So, in ideal conditions, each resort’s system can convert about 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of water per minute into snow! That’s a good sized stream flow that could fill a backyard pool in about 5 minutes! If a gun is left unmoved in those conditions, it can make several feet in front of it in a few hours, sometimes burying itself.

We can’t put 5,000 gallons per minute worth of snow on just one run at a time due to the limitations of pipe sizes and number of hydrants, so instead, we make snow on several runs at one time and might put an average of one foot of snow down on each. In normal snowmaking conditions we can open a run in about 48 hours of snowmaking over bare ground. At the start of the season, we typically open several runs and lifts after a couple of days and nights of snowmaking, and open still more soon after that.

snowmaking14bgSnowmaking Water

The practically unlimited water source for Big Bear Mountain Resort’s large scale snowmaking is Big Bear Lake. It’s pumped from the lake to the resorts and then up the mountains. Multi-million gallon reservoirs on the resorts store water for heavy production because the lines from the lake can’t flow enough water at those times. This lake water supply is the main reason Big Bear’s resorts can virtually guarantee skiing on most runs all winter long, even in the driest winter. Throughout the season, Summit and Bear each can produce at least twice the snow of any other local resort, which rely on limited amounts of on-site well water.

We have an annual allotment from the lake that we have never needed to exceed.  If used entirely, it would draw the lake level, when full, down only about 4 inches – and at least 50% of that runs back into the lake during the spring snowmelt!


Grooming by snowcats pushing and tilling the man-made snow is an important element in providing good skiing. While the snowmaking guns are moved frequently, there typically will be piles left in front of each gun which must be graded into a smooth, relatively flat surface before operations. After a good period of snowmaking some of these snow mounds may be as big as a small bus and are called “whales” by the crew. After the new snow is spread evenly, the surface is gone over with a tiller on the back of the cat, which is a sort of grinder that pulverizes the top 3 to 6 inches of the snow to give it the ideal texture for skiing or boarding. Grooming is a real art to know when and how to push the snow around and condition it into a good grippy surface preferred by skiers and snowboarders. Fresh man-made snow is nearly always groomed into a consistently good surface prior to opening.

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