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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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If you are looking for last-minute accommodations in Big Bear this weekend, or if youRSVLogoNoBackSm are looking for a longer stay, you have come to the right place! RS Vacations has some Hot Winter Specials happening right now so head over to RSVacations.net to book a cute and comfy cabin for your winter getaway!


Last Minute Winter Special: 20% off on Last-Minute Bookings!

Why not head up now and enjoy the Winter beauty of Big Bear? The slopes are open! Save 20% on the rent when you book for the coming week within 5 days of arrival. The special will automatically apply, but cannot be used with any other discounts or specials. Offer good on new reservations only. NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY WEEKEND.

Mid-Winter 3 Nights for the Price of 2!

January 30 – February 15
Get 1 Night FREE when you stay 3 or more nights this winter. Good on new reservations only and cannot be combined with any other offers/discounts. NOT available for President’s Day Weekend.

 


Late-Winter 3 Nights for the Price of 2!

February19 – March 3
Get 1 Night FREE when you stay 3 or more nights this winter. Good on new reservations only and cannot be combined with any other offers/discounts. NOT available for President’s Day Weekend.

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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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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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