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springHappy St. Patrick’s Day!! This Sunday is the official first day of spring and Big Bear Lake is experiencing absolutely gorgeous, springtime weather this week with highs in the low 60’s and beautiful, blue skies. If you aren’t quite ready to put the skis/snowboards away for the season, don’t worry! Snow Summit and Bear Mountain still have good coverage with perfect, spring conditions. Snow play areas are still open as well, and have excellent coverage. Come on up and enjoy all that Big Bear has to offer.

Here are a few activities going on around the valley this weekend:

  • Bear Mountain hosts the Transworld Trans-Am Finals – an amateur snowboarding contest, Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • The Cave is the place to be after the sun goes down, with DJ Night on Friday and  “Born Jovi”, a Bon Jovi tribute band performing live on Saturday Night.
  • Big Bear Middle School performs “James and the Giant Peach Jr.” at the Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as a matinee on Sunday.

RS Vacations is celebrating the beginning of spring with a 20% off Special. Book and stay before March 31 and save 20% off of already discounted, season-end pricing (See website for details). We have a wide selection of clean and cozy cabins for any size group or budget. Head over to RSVacations.net and book a Big Bear cabin today – the special will automatically apply!

3-17-16Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

 

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springSpring has officially arrived in Big Bear and the weather couldn’t be more perfect! We are expecting highs in the low to mid 60’s for the next week with sunny skies. The trees and flowers are blooming and it is absolutely gorgeous!!

Big Bear Lake is now open for boating and marinas are opening beginning this weekend. The weather is also perfect for taking a stroll or bike ride along the lakeside pedal path. If you want to get a last few runs in at the slopes, this weekend is it. Big Bear Mountain Resorts will close for the winter season the end of day Sunday. They are offering some specials for the weekend and are hosting a FREE end of season party at Bear Mountain. See details on the flyer below.

Springtime in Big Bear not only brings beautiful weather but lower off-season prices as well. Check out our low, spring rates at RSVacations.net. Our beautiful cabins are the perfect place to make some lasting family memories. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!

3-27-15Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

what's up 3-28-15Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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We have received several inches of new snow here in Big Bear since yesterday and are expecting a few more inches today as well! Fresh powder has been pretty rare this season, so why not head up and enjoy it while you can?  Best of all, RS Vacations is running a midweek special of 3 Nights for the Price of 2 (Sunday through Thursday), so now is the PERFECT time to getaway to paradise and hit the slopes!!

Head on over to RSVacations.net and book your Big Bear Cabin today. The special applies automatically! Please see website specials page for details and restrictions.

Be sure to have tire chains with you. You will need them!

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This post is from a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t help but think of it as the ski season is getting into full swing. Enjoy!

blue_letter_bWhat color is your ‘B’? If you grew up in Big Bear, you will give the answer to that question with either pride or shame. Sadly, my answer is a rather depressing ‘blue’. Sigh….All of the other kids had yellow or orange. A few even had red. Well, at least I don’t have to answer with ‘green’. I’d never be able to call myself a local again. 🙂

What am I talking about? The Big Bear Parks and Rec has a learn to ski program for local kids. Every year in December and January, school aged kids hit the slopes to learn to ski. (when I was a kid snowboarding didn’t even exist as a sport yet. :/ ) As we progressed, we were given a different colored felt ‘B’. You had to sew them to either your beanie or jacket and this showed the instructors (and everyone else) what level you were at. Everyone got a green ‘B’ on their first day so long as they could click into their skis by themselves.

The ‘B’s progressed in color like so: Green, Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red. So green meant that you were a total beginner and red showed that you were an expert skier. I was cruising along with my blue ‘B’ when I found out that my sister, who was visiting relatives, broke her leg while skiing in Tahoe. (Later to find out that she was standing still and her ski slipped out to the side. What a spaz! I mean, who breaks their leg while standing still???) That was it. I was totally paranoid to continue in the sport so I quit going to class, destined to be branded with an embarrassing blue ‘B’ for the rest of my life. (At least I grew out of that jacket by the following winter – my shame could then be private.)

Fast forward about twenty years and my husband finally talked me into giving it another go. He had gotten into snowboarding and really wanted me to be able to go with him. (I did try snowboarding myself, but that is a memory that I try to forget 😉 ) So we hit the bunny slope and off I went. What a blast!

I progressed off of the beginner chair and got better every time we went. I still like to ski conservatively, but I always have fun. Skiing is great exercise and the views from the top are amazing! If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! You can take group lessons or private ones and be skiing from the top in a day or two.

Many of our cabins here at RS Vacations are within walking distance to the slopes or to the shuttle, making your ski weekend that much more enjoyable. Both resorts are making snow and we are expecting some of the real stuff later this week, so book today at RSVacations.net and hit the slopes!!

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For your information –

I got a text at 1:45 this afternoon (January 5, 2013) from Suzanne who was headed down Highway 330. She told me that there had just been a serious accident on the road and it was being closed in both directions for an unknown length of time. I don’t know the exact location, but she said it was at about the 2500 foot level.

Please, if you have to travel up or down the hill today, use Highway 38 through Redlands or 18 through Lucerne/Apple Valley. Be careful out there!!

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