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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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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!

Last week, Punxsutawney Phil promised us 6 more weeks of winter and we are holding him to it! January brought epic snow to Big Bear and we are looking at the possibility of more of the white stuff this weekend!  That is great news for skiers, snowboarders, and anyone who loves spending time in a winter wonderland!

Let RS Vacations provide you with the perfect cabin for your Big Bear Escape. We offer clean, comfortable cabins with the very best amenities, and we pride ourselves on EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE! You will not be disappointed! Check out our cabin selection at RSVacations.net. Please call or email us if you have any questions. Book a Big Bear Cabin today!

Following is a list of just some of the upcoming special events happening around the valley.

February

 

Stoked Tri-Shredathon at Snow Summit

Feb 11, 2017 – Feb 12, 2017

The  Stoked Tri-Shredathon at  Snow Summit, February 11, 2017- Stoked Tri-Shredathon is a day where members of Kelly Clark’s Stoked foundation hit three board sports in one day. The day begins at Summit with snowboarding, then heads to Venice for a surf session, and finishes up in an LA skate-park.

Please call or visit website for more information

Location: Snow Summit Resort at 880 Summit Blvd

Contact: Tel: (844) 462-2327 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

Bald Eagle Volunteer Count at the Big Bear Discovery Center

Feb 11, 2017 | 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.

December 10; January 14; February 11; March 11

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

Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours with the Big Bear Discovery Center

Feb 11, 2017 | 09:00AM – 04:00PM

Join a naturalist for a guided snowshoe tour in the San Bernardino National Forest.  You will learn how to snowshoe, go for a guided trek through the forest, and have some exploration time as well!  Dependent on snow conditions, call for more details.

Dates: December 31- March 4 (No Tour on January 1, 2017)
Saturdays, 9am-12pm & 1pm-4pm, and Sundays, 9am-12pm

Reservations required. Go to www.mountainsfoundation.org to reserve your spot today. Fee: Adults $30, Kids (8-12 yrs. old) $20. Dates and fees subject to change

Please call Megan Oberdoerster @ 909-382-2842 for any questions.

Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333

Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website: www.mountainsfoundation.org

“Metalachi” at the CAVE

Feb 11, 2017 | 06:30PM – 10:00PM

On a hot, hot summer night in Veracruz Mexico circa 1982, Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and into Rock N Roll history. What began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilizers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live. Unhampered by a steady regime of tequila and ill advised sumo lessons, nine months later five bastard children where born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring and concerned that motherhood would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night Karaoke league, Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to America in search of a better life.

Against all odds, 14 years later, and nearly dead from dehydration, the burro knelt down to drink from the stagnant waters of the Rio Grande just outside of Juarez Mexico –mere yards from the U.S. border. With one fleeting burst of energy the brothers Espinoza cinco climbed from their leather restraints and scampered the vast reach of the river, collapsing onto the sweet amber hue of American soil. As if by destiny, lodged in the sand beneath their tanned faces was a record sleeve upon which were the words “PARANOID” and “BLACK SABBATH”. For many years to follow, this definitive black metal album served not only as a teacher and a mentor..but also as a friend. From these bleak and humble begins grew the seed that would eventually be the band we know today. Often referred to as the greatest heavy metal band to ever live..always referred to as…METALACHI.

The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6:30pm; opening act featuring “The Gary Watson Band” at 7:30pm, “The Stranger” makes his debut 8:30-9pm. 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

USASA Boarder Cross #1 at Snow Summit

Feb 18, 2017 | 09:30AM – 12:30PM


A USASA Snowboarding event at Snow Summit. USASA is a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, boys and girls of all ages and abilities to participate in organized snowboarding. Please visit their website at www.usasa.org.

Location: Snow Summit Resort at 880 Summit Blvd.

Contact: Tel: (844) 462-2327 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

Big Bear’s Got Talent at the PAC

Feb 18, 2017 | 06:00PM – 09:00PM

The annual Rotary Music Competition is structured for serious musicians of high school age. Freshly renamed this year to “Big Bear’s Got Talent,” the event will be held at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 18. This event provides students the opportunity to perform on stage before a live audience. It also allows them to be evaluated and receive constructive comments from qualified music educators.

The categories of competition are Instrumental, Piano, Classical Vocal, and Non-Classical vocal…The top three places in each category earn cash prizes.First place winners are offered the opportunity to compete at the district level against winners from other Rotary clubs from the Riverside and San Bernardino county areas. Past winners have gone on to study music in college and some to perform professionally.

To enter the competition, or for further information on entry rules, contact Ron Peavy at  (909) 563-0331 or by email at pvbbl@charter.net. The entry deadline is February 14, 2017.The community is encouraged to come out and support our ambitious young Big Bear musicians, and enjoy a magical evening! Big Bear’s own remarkable entertainer Steve Cassling will be the Master of Ceremonies.You won’t want to miss this! Curtain time is 6pm, and admission is FREE.

Location: The Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center at 39707 Big Bear Blvd

Contact: Tel: (909) 563-0331 or pvbbl@charter.net

“Deadman’s Party” Oingo Boingo Tribute at the Cave

Feb 18, 2017 | 06:30PM – 11:30PM

OINGO BOINGO/DANNY ELFMAN tribute band DEAD MAN’S PARTY has been bringing you Boingo tunes LIVE – the way you remember ’em from actual Oingo Boingo shows – for OVER 15 YEARS! This 8-PIECE BAND has been fashioned after the ORIGINAL OINGO BOINGO LINE-UP, featuring a THREE-PIECE HORN SECTION, GUITAR, BASS, KEYS, DRUMS and a front-man so convincing that people sometimes believe that they are actually watching DANNY ELFMAN himself!

The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 6:30pm Concert starts at 7:30pm. 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

USASA Boarder Cross #2 at Bear Mountain

Feb 19, 2017 | 09:30AM – 12:30PM

A USASA Snowboarding event. USASA is a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, boys and girls of all ages. Please visit http://www.usasa.org/ for more information.

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at at 43101 Goldmine Drive

Contact: Tel: (909) 585 -2519 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

“Beatles vs Stones” at the Cave

Feb 25, 2017 | 06:30PM – 11:00PM

The British Invasion brought us the two most popular rock groups of all time, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history – which band is the greatest? These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage, mash-up duel featuring internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road and Satisfaction

The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Doors open at 9:00 pm. Call or visit website for ticket information.

Location: 40789 Village Dr.

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0204 Website: www.thecavebigbear.com

March

Big Bear Polar Plunge Pre-Registration Party at the Cave

Mar 03, 2017 | 06:00PM – 10:00PM

The 6th annual Big Bear Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics takes place on Saturday March 4th.

This year as  a show of appreciation, Plungers and their Guests are invited to the Cave  Friday night for a Pre-Registration Party at the Cave from 6-10pm. Plungers can pre-register and beat the Saturday morning rush. Live music, Light Hors D’oeuvres, Fun Raffles and much much more! More Food and Drinks available for purchase

Entrance is FREE to Registered Plungers and $5 to the General Public

It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss!!!

Please call or visit Polar Plunge website for more information.

Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Drive in the Village

Contact: Tel: (909) 878-0500 Website: www.sosc.org/bigbearplunge

USARC Ski-A-Thon at Bear Mountain

Mar 04, 2017 | 09:00AM – 04:30PM

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

When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Where: Bear Mountain Resort
Who: Skiers & Snowboarders (You!)

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 funds raised 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 2017 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.

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 please visit website.

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at at 43101 Goldmine Drive

Contact: Tel: (909) 584-0269 Website: www.usarc.org/skiathon

6th Annual Big Bear Lake “Polar Plunge” for Special Olympics

Mar 04, 2017 | 10:00AM – 02:00PM

Special Olympics Southern California is excited to announce the 6th Annual “Polar Plunge.” Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, March 4th  to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2016 — the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and support Special Olympics.

Dress Up in Costume!   Click to View 2016 Trailer

Activities begin at 10 am and “The Plunge” will commence at noon.

The Polar Plunge is an event where all participants race into the frigid waters of Big Bear Lake.  Plungers decide how deep they’ll go and how long they stay in the water. Some Plungers only get their ankles wet while others stay in until the lifeguards make them leave the water! The goal of the 4th Big Bear Polar Plunge is to raise a minimum of $100,000. Your support of this event will help Special Olympics Southern California reach out and provide year-round training and sports programs for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the Inland Empire Region.

Location: Pine Knot Harbor Big Bear Lake

Contact: Tel: (951) 672-7707 Website: www.sosc.org/bigbearplunge

USASA Half Pipe #1 and #2 at Bear Mountain

Mar 05, 2017 | 09:30AM – 03:30PM

A USASA Snowboarding event. USASA is a solid grassroots organization that allows men and women, boys and girls of all ages and abilities to participate in organized snowboarding. Please visit their website at www.usasa.org

Location: Bear Mountain Ski Resort at 43101 Goldmine Drive

Contact: Tel: (844) 462-2327 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

Transworld Trans-Am Finals at Bear Mountain

Mar 11-12, 2017 | 10:00AM – 02:00PM


Transworld Trans-Am Snowboard Event at Bear Mountain. This amateur snowboard contest is one of the best in the world and brings out a lot of shredders. For more info please call or visit website(s) at www.snowboarding.transworld.net

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at 43101 Goldmine Drive

Contact: Tel: (844) 462-2327 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

Snowboarder Magazine’s “The Launch” at Bear Mountain

Mar 28, 2017 – Apr 01, 2017

For almost a decade, The Launch has been an end-of-season opportunity for the rising generation to coalesce in one location, continuously providing plenty of proof that the future of snowboarding is burning bright.

Please call or visit website for more details

Location: Bear Mountain Resort at at 43101 Goldmine Drive

Contact: Tel: (844) 462-2327 Website: www.bigbearmountainresorts.com

Beyond

Bear Mountain’s Annual Public Pond Skim

Apr 01, 2017 – Apr 02, 2017

Bear Mountain’s Annual Public Pond Skim is a fun way to finish out the season at Bear Mountain. Skiers and snowboarders in a wide array of costume and throwback clothing compete for fabulous prizes and bragging rights while attempting to cross a man made “pond” with the most style. It’s fun for competitors and spectators alike. Takes place in The Scene at Bear Mountain, April 1st, 2017.

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

Tuesday Farmers Market Opens for the Season at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center

Apr 04, 2017 | 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 4th until September 26th.

Location: Big Bear Convention Center at 42900 Big Bear Blvd

Contact: Tel: (909) 585-3000 Website: www.bigbearevents.com

MS Walk: Big Bear on the Northshore

May 06, 2017 | 08:30AM – 01:00PM


The 2017 Big Bear MS Walk takes place on Saturday May 6th on the North Shore’s Alpine Pedal Path. The start/finish line will be at North Shore Elementary School.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with Opening Ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. for a 10:30 a.m Official Start.

The 1k and 5k routes are 100% accessible and offer snacks and water at stationary rest stops.

Individuals and teams can walk, roll or stroll along the shores of Big Bear Lake, then be rewarded at the finish festival with food, music, face painting, team booths, and sponsor giveaways.

Those wanting to get involved can sign up as a walker or volunteer online or by calling (909) 949-1363 Ext. 66503

Location: Northshore Elementary School at 765 Stanfield Cutoff Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Contact: Tel: 909-949-1363 ext. 66503 Website: www.walkMS.org

AMGEN Tour of California ” Big Bear Lake Time Trial”

May 18, 2017 12:00AM – May 21, 2017 12:00AM

The Big Bear Lake Time Trial • Aero at Altitude!

Peter Sagan, the 2015 overall AMGEN Tour of California winner and record holder with 15 stage victories since riding for the first time in 2010, will headline an all-star peloton when America’s most prestigious cycling stage race launches the 12th edition in May, 2017. Big Bear Lake has been chosen as the site of AMGEN Tour of California’s first ever high-altitude Time Trial for its Stage 6 race.

This marks the fourth time that Big Bear Lake has been named a host city for the AMGEN Tour of California, which reaffirms the mountain resort as a world-class road cycling destination and the “Cycling Capital of Southern California.”

Stay Tuned and Check Website regularly for a complete schedule of activities surrounding The Big Bear Time Trail to be announced shortly! Make It  Cycling Weekend in Big Bear Lake!!!

Location: In The Village at Big Bear Lake with TT Course Around the Lake

Contact: Website: www.bigbeartimetrial.com

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fall-trees-background1.jpgIt is cooling slightly in Big Bear Lake this coming week, with highs in the 50′s and lows in the 20′s. Sunshine prevails this weekend and this is the perfect time to come up and explore the forest (hiking or biking), do some holiday shopping in the Village, take a stroll by the Lake, or enjoy one of the many activities that are still going on – including SNOW PLAY! That’s right, come up and go sledding on Southern California’s only snow! Be sure to check out the flyer below to see what’s up this weekend in Big Bear.

Thanksgiving is approaching rapidly and if you haven’t reserved a cabin yet, be sure to visit RSVacations.net and book today. We are filling up, but still have several beautiful cabins available. We are beginning to fill up for the Christmas and New Years Holidays as well. Plan to make some magical memories with your family in a Winter Wonderland. Book your Big Bear Cabin for the holidays before they are all gone!

 

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pumpkindadHappy Halloween!! Fall is winding down and winter activities are starting up here in Big Bear Lake. Pleasant daytime temps are hanging around for the weekend with a chance of a dusting of snow once again next week.

The Big Bear Lake Village celebrated its Grand Re-Opening today. Come and take a look at what’s new!  This Weekend you can also take a Haunted Boat Ride on the lake, get frightened at the “Panic at the Park” Haunted snow tubing 1House, or just listen to some great live music at one of Big Bear’s many venues.

Big Bear Snow Play has opened for the season so come on up and do some tubing!

RS Vacations has some really great deals on homes right now. Visit our website today and book your perfect Big Bear Vacation Cabin. We still have homes available for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, but they are going FAST! Book today and enjoy a magical Holiday in beautiful Big Bear Lake!

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what's up 11-2-13Events courtesy of BigBear.com

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These days, Big Bear Lake is known for being a ‘four-season’ resort. There are activities and fun to be had 365 days a year. It was not always that way. In Big Bear’s first couple of decades, the tourism season was strictly during the summer. People came for fishing, boating and swimming and just to get out of the heat. But when temperatures dipped and the snow began to fly, most folks fled to warmer climates. That all began to change in the 1920’s.

Big Bear’s first ski jump – circa 1928

Roads leading into and around the mountains were improved and automobiles were becoming more affordable and reliable. In the mid 1920’s, it was Walter Kruckman of the “Motor Transit Company”, who first seriously promoted winter sports in Big Bear. He sponsored radio spots on radio stations giving reports on weather, snow, and road conditions in an attempt to fill his empty buses during the wintertime. Winter sports in Big Bear got a major kick-start in 1928 when the first ski jump was built. Charley Stillwell built a snow slide at his resort and a ski jump was added nearby. These attractions finally aroused interest in winter activities here.

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Lynn’s Hill Before the chair lift – 1938

Additional snow play areas were added over the years including ‘Lynn’s Hill’. It was Judge Clifford R. Lynn who led the way in an “uphill” battle to get the first chair lift built in Big Bear. Clifford formed the Park District in 1934, and immediately built a toboggan snow play area on the north facing slopes above of Big Bear Village. A “sling lift” was also built at the snow play area for skiers in 1938.

Throughout the late 1930’s and 40’s, Clifford struggled to raise money for a new chair lift. His work finally paid off, and construction was completed on a new 3,000′ chair lift in 1949, located behind Big Bear Village.

Lynn’s Chair Lift – circa 1950

It was in 1947, during the midst of all this activity, that Tommy Tyndall, the man most responsible for popularizing skiing in this valley, arrived in Big Bear. Among his many efforts to promote winter sports, Tommy is primarily remembered as the man who built “Snow Summit”. Organizing a group of investors, he opened Snow Summit with a one mile long double chair lift, two major ski runs and several rope tows in 1952. It was the beginning of Big Bear as a major Southern California ski area.

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Snow Summit – 1950’s

Thanks to the following for the information and photos: bigbear.us, bigbearhistorysite.com, and the book, Images of America – Big Bear

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