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Big Bear 2016-2017

post #1 of 73
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OK, time to start the current ski year thread for BB.

 

I finally broke down and bought the BB/Mammoth season pass. I hope to get some single days in at BM/SS (Bear Mountain/Snow Summit) this year.

 

Please post upcoming ski days you plan on going up and maybe I/We can join up for for the day and do a few runs together..

 

 

Mod note: moved to Getting Together with permission of OP

post #2 of 73

This season we will be staying local.  We have 5 month old puppies ( yes! 2 of them!) and can't inflict that on any rental properties.  So, we will be in BB every Saturday and Sunday from the day they open the WROD until closing.

post #3 of 73
I'll be there mon - fri, unless I'm in Mammoth
post #4 of 73
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I'll probably skip all Sat. up in BB. Too many people for me. I might try an occasional Sunday though. I mainly plan on taking a day off Mon-Fri after a storm hits up there. I try to wait one extra day because I know most other people have the same idea as me.

post #5 of 73
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I'll probably skip all Sat. up in BB. Too many people for me. I might try an occasional Sunday though. I mainly plan on taking a day off Mon-Fri after a storm hits up there. I try to wait one extra day because I know most other people have the same idea as me.


The best day in BB is during a storm - even a mild one.  SoCal skiers like their sunshine.  If it's snowing, it's dead quiet - even on Saturday.  I'm on the countdown.

post #6 of 73
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The best day in BB is during a storm - even a mild one.  SoCal skiers like their sunshine.  If it's snowing, it's dead quiet - even on Saturday.  I'm on the countdown.

 

I'll be the first to admit it, I'm a fair weathered skier. I normally only ski 15-20 days a year so I try my best to pick out the best "blue" bird days. Give me the sunshine and 30 degrees and I'm a happy skier. 

Especially Big Bear, my work is pretty good about giving any day off during the week so I try to capitalize on the best day I can(for me). Looking forward to getting 8-10 days in BB this year :)

post #7 of 73
Yea, put me in the fair weather group, I skied 160+ days last season, summit & mammoth,
I don't do weekends anymore, and I think I hit maybe 4 or 5 storm dayz.
California drought offers nothing else, no complaints though.
post #8 of 73
Heard through the grapevine that Snow Summit + Bear Mountain = "Big Bear Lake Ski Resort" formally starting this season.

If anyone knows about additional changes, please share.
post #9 of 73
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Originally Posted by lott42 View Post
 

I'll be the first to admit it, I'm a fair weathered skier. I normally only ski 15-20 days a year so I try my best to pick out the best "blue" bird days. Give me the sunshine and 30 degrees and I'm a happy skier. 

Especially Big Bear, my work is pretty good about giving any day off during the week so I try to capitalize on the best day I can(for me). Looking forward to getting 8-10 days in BB this year :)


Well then ... here's to stormy weekends with bluebird weekdays!

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Heard through the grapevine that Snow Summit + Bear Mountain = "Big Bear Lake Ski Resort" formally starting this season.

If anyone knows about additional changes, please share.


It's been Big Bear Mountain Resorts for  quite a few years now.  I don't see anything about changes to the name.  Mostly, Mammoth has been adding snow play and base area attractions for non-sliders.  They are trying to hook into the 100,000 (their number, not mine) people who visit the resort area on weekends of which only about 15% ski.  Why not?  They have an abundance of parking!

post #10 of 73

Howdy!

Just wanted to join the thread :) I am a newbie to skiing, just started last season. Getting excited to progress this year! MY DH and I go to Snow Summit. We are planning on doing the 4 lessons=free California pass. I was already planning on lessons and my DH (who is an intermediate skier) jumped on board. Last season we rented our gear, but we want to get some boots this year and demo the rest. Any good outfitters in Big Bear specifically? Thanks!

post #11 of 73
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Howdy!

Just wanted to join the thread :) I am a newbie to skiing, just started last season. Getting excited to progress this year! MY DH and I go to Snow Summit. We are planning on doing the 4 lessons=free California pass. I was already planning on lessons and my DH (who is an intermediate skier) jumped on board. Last season we rented our gear, but we want to get some boots this year and demo the rest. Any good outfitters in Big Bear specifically? Thanks!

Try Goldsmiths

post #12 of 73
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Originally Posted by mountainMonster View Post
 

Try Goldsmiths

Great place to demo skis but I didn't know about boot fitting. Maybe Mammoth and Footloose for boot fitting if you get the chance to go up there.

post #13 of 73
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Howdy!
Just wanted to join the thread smile.gif I am a newbie to skiing, just started last season. Getting excited to progress this year! MY DH and I go to Snow Summit. We are planning on doing the 4 lessons=free California pass. I was already planning on lessons and my DH (who is an intermediate skier) jumped on board. Last season we rented our gear, but we want to get some boots this year and demo the rest. Any good outfitters in Big Bear specifically? Thanks!

Go to see Claude at skinet sports in studio city
He fixed @Rainbow Jenny and got her in the correct boot after her boot fitting struggles
post #14 of 73
I've heard Goldsmith is a reputable shop. Think saw them in Ski magazine'/ Master Bootfitter list also.
post #15 of 73

Yea both Dallas & Jim are boot fitters at goldsmith.

Claud's great too, did my last pair, but no demo @ skinet.

post #16 of 73

Hi, I am new to this forum. Nice to meet you all.

I am a single traveller from Hong Kong, and will go to CA from late November to early December 2016.This will be my first time to ski in US, so excited!! I have been to South Korea and Japan for my previous 4 ski trips. So I know nothing about skiing in US.

 

I am wondering if Bear Mountain or Snow Summit will be opened on 4th December. Can any expert here advice? :beercheer:

 

I planned to stay in big bear lake from 4 Dec to 6 Dec for two full day ski, let me know if any of you can join me~ :D

post #17 of 73
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Hi, I am new to this forum. Nice to meet you all.

I am a single traveller from Hong Kong, and will go to CA from late November to early December 2016.This will be my first time to ski in US, so excited!! I have been to South Korea and Japan for my previous 4 ski trips. So I know nothing about skiing in US.

 

I am wondering if Bear Mountain or Snow Summit will be opened on 4th December. Can any expert here advice? :beercheer:

 

I planned to stay in big bear lake from 4 Dec to 6 Dec for two full day ski, let me know if any of you can join me~ :D

Welcome to Epicski, @Mindy Kui.  Bear Mountain an Snow Summit will open mid or late November, but of course, weather dependent.

 

Where have you skied in Japan and South Korea?  I don't recall reading any South Korea trip report on this forum, please share since the Winter Olympics will be there.

 

And what is your level of skiing?  I have some obligations that weekend but may be possible to go up for a day.

post #18 of 73
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Welcome to Epicski, @Mindy Kui.  Bear Mountain an Snow Summit will open mid or late November, but of course, weather dependent.

 

Where have you skied in Japan and South Korea?  I don't recall reading any South Korea trip report on this forum, please share since the Winter Olympics will be there.

 

And what is your level of skiing?  I have some obligations that weekend but may be possible to go up for a day.

Thank you for your advice!

 

I have been to High1 Ski Resort (http://www.high1.com/eng/skiInfo/html.high1) in South Korea for 3 times, and Hakuba Happo One in Japan last season.

 

High1 is not bad generally, that's why i have been there again and again. But after my ski trip to Hakuba last season, i definitely recommend Japan ski resort. The snow condition is a lot better, ski slopes are wide enough, not too many people, many ski slopes to choose.

 

I think i am still in beginner level as i can only ski once per year (each trip for 3 - 4 days only), and i can do upto intermediate slopes.

 

I am still planning the trip to big bear, any recommended hostel or lodge to stay which is near the slopes, accommodation which is near enough without driving as I don have a car there~ :rotflmao: 

 

By the way, I will stay in a friend's home in LA before I go to the big bear, if you happen to go on 4th December, we may go together and share the gasoline cost. ;)

post #19 of 73
Talk to Sarge @ big bear hostel
(909) 866-8900
Tell em "capt" sent ya
post #20 of 73
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Howdy!

Just wanted to join the thread :) I am a newbie to skiing, just started last season. Getting excited to progress this year! MY DH and I go to Snow Summit. We are planning on doing the 4 lessons=free California pass. I was already planning on lessons and my DH (who is an intermediate skier) jumped on board. Last season we rented our gear, but we want to get some boots this year and demo the rest. Any good outfitters in Big Bear specifically? Thanks!


Goldsmiths is your best bet.  Both Danni and Dallas are master fit trained.  That doesn't necessarily mean that they are the best possible fitters; however, as owners of the store they will do their best for you if you buy from them and get a fitting.  You will be in good hands.  Just be sure to be honest about your skill level because you don't want to end up in too advanced a boot. And WELCOME to the obsession.  My DH and I are up there every weekend.  Let's meet up when the season starts.

post #21 of 73
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Go to see Claude at skinet sports in studio city
He fixed @Rainbow Jenny and got her in the correct boot after her boot fitting struggles


I gotta disagree on this one.  I went through 18 months with Claude in boots that were too big and that he insisted were right for me!  They call him the "boot nazi" for a reason.  

post #22 of 73
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Originally Posted by Mindy Kui View Post
 

Hi, I am new to this forum. Nice to meet you all.

I am a single traveller from Hong Kong, and will go to CA from late November to early December 2016.This will be my first time to ski in US, so excited!! I have been to South Korea and Japan for my previous 4 ski trips. So I know nothing about skiing in US.

 

I am wondering if Bear Mountain or Snow Summit will be opened on 4th December. Can any expert here advice? :beercheer:

 

I planned to stay in big bear lake from 4 Dec to 6 Dec for two full day ski, let me know if any of you can join me~ :D

Big Bear is really tough this early in the season.  You can get really lucky and many runs will be open at this time OR only 1 long intermediate run.  December is very early in the Southern California season.

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I think i am still in beginner level as i can only ski once per year (each trip for 3 - 4 days only), and i can do upto intermediate slopes.

 

I am still planning the trip to big bear, any recommended hostel or lodge to stay which is near the slopes, accommodation which is near enough without driving as I don have a car there~ :rotflmao: 

 

By the way, I will stay in a friend's home in LA before I go to the big bear, if you happen to go on 4th December, we may go together and share the gasoline cost. ;)

If you don't have a car, how are you getting to Big Bear?  I ask because there are flights from LA to Mammoth (about $200 round trip) and Mammoth is likely to have much more mountain open at that time of year.  The resort hotels provide transportation from the airport. There are lift/lodging deals but they are considerably more than a hostel price.  It just seems if you come all this way, you should go for the best chance of actually skiing!

post #23 of 73

Checking in for this year! I'm an intermediate/advanced skier, and my girlfriend just started last year, so definitely still in beginner territory. We're doing a trip to Mammoth in early December(seemed like the best chance at snow), but Big Bear/SS is our home mountain most weekends.

 

If anyone is looking for some friends to hit up the slopes with, we'd be down to meet some people up there. We're from Florida, just moved to LA last year, and most of our friends are also Floridians without any snow love.

 

Have they said that the 4 lessons = free pass is returning this year for sure? I hadn't seen any info about it, but might consider it even for myself since it's such a great deal.

post #24 of 73
Have they said that the 4 lessons = free pass is returning this year for sure? I hadn't seen any info about it, but might consider it even for myself since it's such a great deal.
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Iv asked both SS & Mammoth on this.No word yet if they will bring back.
It wasn't available last season at the beginning, so maybe a couple of months in.
I only bought a mid week, hoping it comes back so I can upgrade
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Checking in for this year! I'm an intermediate/advanced skier, and my girlfriend just started last year, so definitely still in beginner territory. We're doing a trip to Mammoth in early December(seemed like the best chance at snow), but Big Bear/SS is our home mountain most weekends.
post #25 of 73
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If anyone is looking for some friends to hit up the slopes with, we'd be down to meet some people up there. We're from Florida, just moved to LA last year, and most of our friends are also Floridians without any snow love.

My Miami friends are flying to Aspen this year. I almost flew there myself(If I had the MCP, I might have...)

 

I bought the Mammoth pass this year so I plan on a few trips to Mammoth(first trip is Dec. 11-12) and Big Bear. Nothing planned for BB yet but 3-4 trips already booked for Mammoth. I'm sure if you post upcoming specific dates, I and others would love to join you guys. 

post #26 of 73
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Have they said that the 4 lessons = free pass is returning this year for sure? I hadn't seen any info about it, but might consider it even for myself since it's such a great deal.
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Iv asked both SS & Mammoth on this.No word yet if they will bring back.
It wasn't available last season at the beginning, so maybe a couple of months in.
I only bought a mid week, hoping it comes back so I can upgrade
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Originally Posted by SportsComedian View Post

Checking in for this year! I'm an intermediate/advanced skier, and my girlfriend just started last year, so definitely still in beginner territory. We're doing a trip to Mammoth in early December(seemed like the best chance at snow), but Big Bear/SS is our home mountain most weekends.

So... give the instructors four lessons and you get a C4P? I would be in for that.

post #27 of 73
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Originally Posted by SportsComedian View Post
 

Checking in for this year! I'm an intermediate/advanced skier, and my girlfriend just started last year, so definitely still in beginner territory. We're doing a trip to Mammoth in early December(seemed like the best chance at snow), but Big Bear/SS is our home mountain most weekends.

 

If anyone is looking for some friends to hit up the slopes with, we'd be down to meet some people up there. We're from Florida, just moved to LA last year, and most of our friends are also Floridians without any snow love.

 

Have they said that the 4 lessons = free pass is returning this year for sure? I hadn't seen any info about it, but might consider it even for myself since it's such a great deal.


We are up every weekend once the season starts.  Usually, we have some trips planned elsewhere but young dogs are keeping us local this year.  We would love to meet up.  I can't remember when they started the book  "4 lessons, get a pass" deal.  It's definitely worth looking into.  

 

ETA:  I just did a quick google search and found a mention of this deal last year as early as Dec 24!  It may not be too far ahead after all.  Did you access this package last year?  If so, what were the restrictions on the lessons?

post #28 of 73
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We are up every weekend once the season starts.  Usually, we have some trips planned elsewhere but young dogs are keeping us local this year.  We would love to meet up.  I can't remember when they started the book  "4 lessons, get a pass" deal.  It's definitely worth looking into.  

 

ETA:  I just did a quick google search and found a mention of this deal last year as early as Dec 24!  It may not be too far ahead after all.  Did you access this package last year?  If so, what were the restrictions on the lessons?

I did the lessons last season, the only restrictions were you had to take the lesson, I tried to just pay & get the pass, but completion of lessons with voucher from your instructor  are required.,

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I would be happy to take the lessons!  Are they full day, half day, private, group?  What's the set up?  

post #30 of 73
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We are up every weekend once the season starts.  Usually, we have some trips planned elsewhere but young dogs are keeping us local this year.  We would love to meet up.  I can't remember when they started the book  "4 lessons, get a pass" deal.  It's definitely worth looking into.  

 

ETA:  I just did a quick google search and found a mention of this deal last year as early as Dec 24!  It may not be too far ahead after all.  Did you access this package last year?  If so, what were the restrictions on the lessons?

I did the 4 lessons last season, the only restrictions I remember were, you had to take the lessons, couldn't just pay & go. They were group lessons, although,depending on ability of the group, they may split it up, my first lesson turned out to be one on one, the second there was three of us, the other two I gave to a friend, using my name

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I would be happy to take the lessons!  Are they full day, half day, private, group?  What's the set up?  

 

 

 

 

They are group lessons, however, depending on your ability & the ability of others that day, you may get a one on one lesson, as they try to keep

like abilities together. 

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