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Spring has arrived in beautiful Big Bear Lake and with it comes the start of the fishing tournament season! Whether you are an experienced angler or just looking to make some fun memories with the family, we have several fishing tournaments that take place throughout the spring, summer, and fall. It’s gorgeous up here, come on up!!

Check out our RS Vacations Events Page on our website for a list of the major Big Bear events each month and then browse our selection of cabins to find your perfect fit! Our spring rates can’t be beat and our cabins are always clean and ready for your arrival!! Book your Big Bear cabin today!

 

2018 Fishing Tournaments and Derbiesexcellent-trout

  • May 18-20 – Big Bear Lake Spring Fishing Festival – Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • June 9-10 – Fishin’ for $50k – Big Bear Visitor’s Bureau
  • June 16-17 – 15th Annual Big Bear Lake Carp Round-Up – Big Bear Municipal Water District
  • June 22-24 – Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series – Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • June 27-29 – Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series – Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • August 17-19—Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series—Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • September 14-16—Fishing Association All Fish Tournament Series—Big Bear Lake Fishing Association
  • October 6-7—Big Bear TroutFest—Western Outdoor News

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mark-your-calendarBig Bear Lake has so many events happening all the time, it can be hard to keep up! On the first Tuesday of every month, we will dedicate Tuesday’s Topic to upcoming events so that you can plan ahead to join us for the fun!

We received several inches of much-needed snow last weekend and the Ski Resorts and Snow Play Areas are still going strong! Beautiful weather is expected this coming week – mild days, cool nights and blue skies.

Check out just some of the upcoming Big Bear Events and when you see something you would like to take part in, head on over to RSVacations.net and book a Big Bear Cabin for your trip. We have dozens of cabins to choose from and we run specials on a pretty regular basis. Book today!!

 

March

 

Bald Eagle Volunteer Count at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Mar 10, 2018 | 08:00AM – 10:00AM

Volunteer to help the USFS count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest.  Please dress warm and bring your own binoculars.  All volunteer eagle counts meet at the Discovery Center between 8-8:30 am. Actual count 9am-10am

Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333
Contact: Tel:(909) 382-2790 Website: www.mountainsfoundation.org

 

USARC Ski-A-Thon at Bear Mountain

Mar 10, 2018 | 09:00AM – 04:30PM

United States Adaptive Recreation  Center Presents their annual Ski-A-Thlon at Bear Mountain

When: Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Where: Bear Mountain Resort
Who: Skiers & Snowboarders (You!)

Online Registration:$150 Individual or $500 Teams of Four
Onsite Registration: $200 Individual or $600 Team of Four

To register online or make a pledge to a registrant click HERE

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 fundsraised 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 2018 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 by mail for the Ski-A-Thon, or make a donation, download:  2018 Ski-A-Thon Brochure

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at at 43101 Goldmine Drive
Contact: Tel: (909) 584-0269 Website: www.usarc.org/skiathon

 

SuperGirl SnowPro at Bear Mountain – FREE TO ATTEND!

Mar 16, 2018 12:00AM – Mar 18, 2018 12:00AM

The Supergirl Pro Series will once again feature the Supergirl Snow Pro, a top-level Boardercross (SBX) and Half-pipe competition with the world’s top female pros and a slew of up-and-coming amateur talent. The event is designed to not only showcase the best female snowboarders on the planet, but also to also serve as a developmental contest to help locate, nurture, mentor and encourage the next generation of aspiring snowboarding pros.

The SBX event will be led by 10-time X Games Gold Medalist and 4-time US Olympian, Lindsey Jacobellis, as the voice of the event and its inspirational leader. The half-pipe competition will be hosted by 3-time US Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist, Hannah Teter.

EVENT SCHEDULE:
Friday, March 16

12:00p – 4:00p SBX practice
12:00p – 4:00p Event athlete registration

Saturday, March 17
7:00a – 11:00a Event athlete registration
9:00a – 4:00p Festival Village Open
9:00a – 2:30p
SBX competition in 4 divisions: Pro, 16+, 12 – 15, 8 – 11
2:30p – 2:45p SBX Awards
2:45p – 4:00p Two live concerts (artists TBA)
2:30p – 4:30p Pipe practice and pipe athlete registration

Sunday, March 18

7:00a – 10:00a Half-pipe practice and event athlete registration
10:00a – 3:30p Festival Village Open
10:00a – 2:00p
Half-pipe competition in 3 divisions: Pro, 16+, 10 – 15, Team
2:00p – 2:15p Half-pipe Awards
2:15p – 3:30p Two live concerts (artists TBA)

THE EVENT, THE SNOWBOARDING CONTEST, AND THE CONCERTS ARE FREE TO ATTEND!!!

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

 

“Red Jump Suit Apparatus” at the Cave

Mar 30, 2018 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

Doors open at 6:30pm  Concert starts at 7:30 pm. Headliner at 9:00 pm.Please call or visit website for ticket information.

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

 

April

 

Tuesday Farmers Market Opens for the Season

Apr 03, 2018 | 08:00AM – 01:30PM

Enjoy farm fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers all summer long. The Farmer’s Market also features unique arts, crafts and handmade items by local artisans.

Every Tuesday from April 3rd until September 25th.

Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd
Contact: Tel: (909) 585-3000 Website: www.bigbearevents.com

 

Moonshine Bandits at the Cave

Apr 13, 2018 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

Moonshine Bandits is an American country rap duo composed of Tex and Bird. The duo formed in California in 2003 and has released a number of albums, the most recent being Baptized in Bourbon released in March 2017.

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

 

Missing Persons at the Cave

Apr 14, 2018 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

Missing Persons is an American band that plays a blend of new wave and hard rock.

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

 

Raymond Vineyards Winemakers Dinner at the Black Kat

Apr 18, 2018 | 06:00PM – 11:00PM

Join us at The Black Kat on April 18, 2018, for our Raymond Vineyards, Winemakers Dinner! We will release our dinner menu a few weeks before our dinner, so make sure you subscribe to our mailing list in order to be notified as soon as the menu is released!Tickets for the Raymond Vineyards Winemakers Dinner  are $135 per person. This will include taxes and gratuity.

Reserve your table today at www.blackkat.com or by calling The Black Kat at (909) 878-0401.

Location: The Black Kat at 560 Pine Knot
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0401 Website: www.theblackkat.com

 

May

 

Spartan Race Big Bear at Snow Summit Resort

May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018

Spartan Returns to Big Bear Lake on May 19-20, 2018 with a Beast and Sprint Weekend.  This is a Spartan United States National Series Event.

Taking place on Snow Summit  Resort the race can access elevations as high as 8,200 ft and take you back down 1,200 ft of vertical drop

Please visit website to register and for updates.

Location: Snow Summit Resort at 880 Summit Blvd
Contact: Website: www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/3456/overview

 

“Art on the Corner” in the Village

May 26, 2018 | 10:00AM – 06:00PM

Art on the Corner in the Heart of Big Bear Village on the corner of Village Drive and  Pine Knot Avenue.  Fine Art and Craftsmanship will be features in a variety of  mediums.  Enjoy a glass of beer or wine, enjoy the music and browse the wonderful artwork.   Proceeds to benefit the Bear Valley Guild for the Arts and the Open Sky Music Foundation. FREE for all to attend.

Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 26-28th.

Location: Art on the Corner at the Xmas Tree Lot at Pine Knot and Village Drive
Contact: Tel: (909) 585-2868

 

 

 

 

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WelcomeFebruaryWe are enjoying beautiful, spring-like weather here is Big Bear, and while that means Mother Nature is still being stingy with the snow this season, it also means that you can enjoy our beautiful mountains in many different ways! The ski and tubing resorts are making snow every chance they get, so you can still come on up and enjoy the white stuff! You can also take a hike, go on a mountain bike ride, walk or bike around the lake, go bald eagle watching, take a stroll though the Village, and so much more!!

We have added a couple of great specials to our website so whether you are coming up for a quick last-minute getaway or want to plan a long weekend, we’ve got you covered. Head over to RSVacations.net and book your Big Bear Getaway today!!

 

This Weekend’s Events

 

“Kissed Alive” Kiss Tribute at the Cave

Feb 02, 2018 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

They bring the full KISS Concert Experience with costumes, makeup, stage show & 40 years of ROCK & ROLL!

KISS is the most successful American rock band of all time.

KISSED ALIVE honors this legacy by performing material from the band’s entire catalog-from the 1st album to it’s most recent releases!

Onstage, you’ll see the classic costumed characters-The Spaceman, The Demon, The Starchild & The Catman!

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive in the Village
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

 

Bear Bowl at Bear Mountain

Feb 03, 2018 | 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Watch as teams from some of the ski and snowboarding biggest industry’s companies face off in a one-of-a-kind competition to determine who will take home the coveted Bear Bowl trophy and be named the masters of the mountain for 2018.

Please call or visit website for more information

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

 

“Motley 2” Motley Crüe Tribute at The Cave

Feb 03, 2018 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

Based in Los Angeles California, Motley 2 is the premiere, internationally touring tribute to Motley Crüe that captures the entire look , feel and sound that hard core Crüe fans know and love. We have toured extensively across the nation, and have performed at casinos, bars, clubs, festivals, state fairs, concert in the parks, and corporate events, and are available for everything from family friendly events, or we can heat it up with an adult oriented show that leave crowds wanting more. Are you ready? then, let us “Take You to the Top”

Opening Act: Dianthus Band

Doors open at 6:30pm Concert starts at 7:30pm.  Headliner at 9:00 pm.  Call or visit website for ticket information.

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

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Are you looking for a great place to spend the day bonding with the kids? Big Bear Snowplay is where you want to go!

Playing in the snow is one of the greatest ways to bond families together and create memories that last a lifetime. Families that seek to capture memories in the snow are in good hands because Big Bear Snow Play guarantees snow-covered hills for tubing all winter long and into spring break. Families return year after year because the Magic Carpet lifts make it very convenient to get up the hill for more downhill fun. Come on up!!

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Visit BigBearSnowPlay.com to start your fun-filled family getaway in the snow.

Head over to RSVacations.net to pick out the perfect comfy cabin for your family. See you soon!

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AftertheSnow2018We continue our mild winter here in beautiful Big Bear Lake with daytime temps in the 50’s and lows in the 20’s. Clear blue skies and pleasant temps mean you don’t have to freeze when enjoying skiing and boarding on the slopes or tubing the snow play hills! Here in Big Bear, we have become very good at outsmarting Mother Nature! Our ski and tubing resorts make snow every chance they get so even when Ms. Nature is being difficult, our visitors still have plenty of snow to enjoy!

If sliding down snow isn’t your thing, remember that we have tons more activities and events happening every weekend (and weekday!). From hiking and biking to shopping and night life, we have something that everyone will enjoy!

We do have a few cabins left for this weekend and through the rest of the winter season, and pricing has been lowered to fill in dates. Head over to RSVacations.net and check out our cute and clean cabins. We provide top-notch customer service and our cozy cabins are clean and ready for your arrival! Book your Big Bear Cabin today!

This Weekend’s Events

 

Jefferson Starship at The Cave

Jan 27, 2018 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

Descended from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and 2016 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Jefferson Airplane.

The members of Jefferson Starship past and present have been exploring the mysteries of music for more than 1000 collective years. Give or take. But who’s counting?

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

 

 

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How 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.

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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

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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