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Tomorrow is Opening Day for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resorts!

SnowSummitBigBearLakeSpringHead on up to Big Bear and enjoy a day on the slopes or the tubing hills, get some holiday shopping done in the Village, take a bike ride or hike, or do some fishing. We have lovely weather with clear skies and highs in the mid-50’s. Chilly nights in the 20’s are perfect for snuggling up in front of the fireplace. There are quite a few events happening around town this weekend, so head on up for a weekend of fun in the mountains!

We still have a few homes left for this weekend and the holidays, but they are filling up quickly. Head over to RSVacations.net and book your cabin today!

 

12.7.17Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

 

Weekend Events

 

Santa’s Hayride to the North Pole at Bear Valley Farms

Dec 8 & 9, 2017 | 04:00PM – 08:00PM

Enjoy a complimentary cup of cocoa by the warmth of our fire pit or in front of the fireplace in our mini theater while watching Christmas classics like The Polar Express. We will also have other activities like writing letters to Santa and book readings from one of our elves.

You will then board your hayride where you will be transported through our enchanted farm to The North Pole where you will be greeted by Ms. Claus and her elves then treated to cookies and cocoa as you wait for your encounter with the head elf himself, Santa Claus!

Location: Bear Valley Farms at 1601 E Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear City, CA 92314
Contact: Tel: (909) 585-9397 Website: www.bearvalleyfarms.com

 

Lighthouse Youth Orchestra Winter Concert at the PAC

Dec 08, 2017 | 06:00PM – 09:00PM

The Lighthouse Youth Orchestra Winter Concert directed by Sharon Rizzo present their annual Winter Concert at the PAC on  Friday December 8th.

Doors open at 6 pm for Treat sand Classic Holiday Carols. Concert starts at 7 pm

Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd
Contact: Tel: (909) 966-4970 Website: www.bigbearlighthouse.com

 

“The English Beat” at The Cave

Dec 08, 2017 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

Dave Wakeling and The English Beat are coming back to The Cave in Big Bear Lake, Ca. on December 8, 2017!

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

 

Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Dec 09, 2017 | 10:00AM – 04:00PM

The Village of Big Bear Lake presents Christmas in the Village every Saturday and Sunday up to December 24th. Visit Santa and Mrs Claus at the Christmas Tree Lot from 10-4pm at the Corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village Drive as well as all the shops and restaurants throughout the Village that will be open all day into the evening.

Location: The Christmas Tree Lot in the Village at Pine Knot and Village
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4747 Website: www.bigbearlakevillage.com

 

“One Drop” at the Cave

Dec 09, 2017 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

One Drop based in San Diego, California embraces the spirit of classic Roots Reggae and Dub music with a calculated blend of R&B, Pop and Rock subtleties. Inspired by artists like Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs and The Police. One Drop’s music is infectious and well received by a wide range of age and cultural demographics. Critics describe their sound as genuine and captivating, filled with melodic choruses, refreshing vintage guitar/organ tones all cleverly layered over seductive bass lines. The voice of One Drop is soulfully delivered with brutally honest lyrics rooted from true-life experiences of love and social & political taboos.

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

 

USASA Rail Jam at Bear Mountain

Dec 10, 2017 | 09:00AM – 04:00PM

The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) is a California based NFP that is represented by 32 regional series across the USA.

Join us on the following dates and locations
for the Southern California Series at Big Bear Mountain Resort:
Rail Jam – Dec 10, 2017 at Bear Mountain
Slopestyle #2 and #3 – Jan 14, 2018 at Bear Mountain
Boardercross #2 & #3 – Feb 25, 2018 at Bear Mountain
Halfpipe 1 & 2 – Mar 4, 2018 at Bear Mountain

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at at 43101 Goldmine Drive
Contact: Tel: (844) 462-2327 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

 

The 3rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along at the PAC

Dec 10, 2017 | 02:00PM – 05:00PM

The 3rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along at the PAC
Guest Director Dr Todd Fitzpatrick of UNLV plus UNLV Guest Soloists and String Orchestra

Location: Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd
Contact: Tel: (909) 866-4970 Website: www.bigbearlakearts.org

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From BigBearMountainResort.com:

 

OPENING DAY FOR BEAR MTN & SNOW SUMMIT IS FRI, DEC 8.

 

Snow Summit boarder

 

Dec 05, 2017
WE’RE OPENING FRIDAY, DEC. 8. Come carve up Southern California with the most terrain, chairlifts, and parks open to kick off the 2017/18 winter season.

Cold temperatures the past few days have allowed snowmaking crews to work around the clock and continue to add more snow around the hill. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit with open with access to 3 chairs at each resort. We’ll also have multiple runs from top to bottom including the beginner area ready for riding. Check back daily starting Friday, Dec. 8 for Lift and Trail status.

Chairlift Hours of Operation for Opening Weekend at Both Resorts

❄ Friday, December 8 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
❄ Saturday, December 9 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
❄ Sunday, December 10 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Starting Friday, Dec. 8, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will be open daily. For the most updated hours of operation, click here. Ticket windows open 30 minutes prior to chairlifts hours of operation. Hours of operation are subject to change based on weather.

Snow Summit Opening Weekend Chair & Terrain Access

❄ Chair 8 for beginners
❄ Chair 1 & 2 for intermediate and advance riders
❄ Runs: Miracle Mile, Summit Run, and Base Area for Beginners

Access subject to change.

Bear Mountain Opening Weekend Chair & Terrain Access

❄ Chair 7 for beginners
❄ Chair 5 & 9 for intermediate and advance riders
❄ Runs: Park Run, Express Way, and The Gulch

Access subject to change.

See Trail Maps

Here’s a Quick Checklist to Make Sure You’re Winter Ready

❄ Get your Season Pass (Hurry! Prices go up Dec. 15) – browse passes
❄ Lock in a preferred parking spot with a parking pass – purchase online
❄ Reserve rentals – check out gear and packages
❄ Book lessons – tune up or get started
❄ Road conditions – tire chains may be required
❄ Download the mobile app – get push notifications, snow reports, & more

Resort Offerings

Lessons – offered at both resorts Friday, Dec. 8 – Sunday, Dec. 10. Starting Monday, Dec. 11, all lessons types will be available at Snow Summit, and only private lessons will be offered Monday – Thursday at Bear Mountain. For more details, visit the lessons page.
Rentals – shops will be open 30 minutes prior to the chairlifts operating. For official hours, click here. Please note that the new rental shop at Snow Summit has been moved upstairs, over the ticket windows.
Retail – Big Bear Sports shop will be open 30 minutes prior to the chairlifts operating. For official hours, click here.
Food & Beverages – dining favorites such as Laybacks, Silver Mountain Eatery, and BBQ in the Park will be open. Check out the dining page for full details.
Inter-Mountain Shuttle – day lift tickets are valid at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Leave your car in the parking lot and take the free 10-Minute shuttle ride between Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

Important Notes

Night Session for Saturday, Dec. 9 has been canceled. The next available Night Session date is Friday, December 15. For more information on Night Sessions, click here

USASA Rail Jam for Sunday, Dec. 10 has been canceled. The USASA Rail Jam competition will be rescheduled. New date TBD.

The Grizzly Tube Park will not be open. Please check back mid-December for availability.

On an average peak/holiday weekend, we expect to park several thousand cars so delays may be expected. We recommend giving yourself at least an hour from any point in Big Bear Valley to drive, park, and be shuttled to the Resort of your choice. For more information and tips on parking, click here.

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Whether you have already booked a cabin with us for the coming weeks in Big Bear, or if you are still making plans (visit us at RSVacations.net for some great cabins!), you may be wondering what there is to do in December in the mountains when there is no snow on the ground. Don’t worry, there is more to do than you might think! Today I will talk about just some of the fun things to do here in beautiful Big Bear Lake-with or without snow!

Snow Summit boarderSkiing and Snowboarding

No matter what mood Mother Nature is in, Big Bear Ski Resorts take matters into their own hands. With a world-class snow-making system in place, you can hit the slopes even when the snow is not falling. As a bonus, it is much more fun to ski and board when temps are in the 50’s than when it is freezing! STAY TUNED FOR OPENING DAY INFORMATION!!

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Just like our Ski Resorts, Big Bear’s Snow Play Areas have the ability to make their own snow, and boy have they been busy at it! The coverage is great and with their “Magic Carpets”, you can enjoy an entire day of tubing fun without all the climbing!

Biking

Do you feel more comfortable on two wheels than on two planks of wood? Another positive of the mild weather is that you can take a bike ride – IN DECEMBER! Choose a comfort bike and take a leisurely spin along the lake or rent a mountain bike and hit the trails.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy the beauty of the mountains and explore the back-country from horseback. You will have some terrific photo opportunities as well when you get to the top and see the gorgeous, panoramic views of Big Bear Valley.

Off-Road 4×4 Tours

Get off the beaten path and see and learn about Big Bear’s rich history when you take an Off-road Tour. Several different tours are available.

Helicopter Big Bear

See Big Bear Lake from a whole new perspective – the air! Enjoy the stunning scenery of our beautiful Valley, Lake and surrounding Forest. Bring your camera!

Hiking

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Another benefit of the fall-like weather we are experiencing is that the trails around our forest are clear and accessible for hiking. Grab a trail map from the Discovery Center and set out on a nature hike with the family. From beginner to expert trails, there is something for every level of hiker.

Ziplining

Experience the sensation of flight as you zip through the forest. A real adrenaline rush for the whole family!

The Big Bear Alpine Zoobaby-raccoon

View and learn about over 180 animals at our local zoo. Check out our Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Mountain Lion, Deer and more. Feeding tours and special presentations on most days.

Bowling, Laser-Tag, Arcade & Ice Skating

Head over to the Bowling Barn and Big Bear Funplex for hours of family fun. Go Ice Skating on real ice, get competitive at Laser Tag or just enjoy the arcade. Have a blast going Glow Bowling at night!

Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Have you ever wanted to be on ‘The Amazing Race’? Now is your chance – sort of! Set out on a 1.5 hour walking adventure in and around The Big Bear Village. Using your smartphone, you will solve clues and complete challenges while learning local history and fun-facts.

Shopping, Eating and Music

Stroll through the Big Bear Lake Village and enjoy the unique shops and quaint atmosphere. Catch a movie at the local Theater, dine at one of the many delicious restaurants, take a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride around town or enjoy a live concert at The Cave. When the sun goes down, grab a cup of hot chocolate and sit by one of the fire-pits or check out one of the night clubs for some live music.

The Discovery Center

If you want to find out where to hike, bike or otherwise get in touch with nature, the Big Bear Discovery Center is the place to start. Get trail maps, learn how to be prepared and take an interpretive tour through the forest. Special presentations and celebrations are happening all the time.

 

As you can see, Big Bear Lake has so much more to offer than just snow! Come on up to our sparkling blue skies, crisp air and stunning forest. You will love it!! Do you need somewhere to stay? RS Vacations has cabins for every group and budget. Check out the “Our Homes” tab at the top of this page to see what we have to offer, then visit our website to book your perfect Big Bear Cabin. See you soon!

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