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Big Bear?

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One of the smaller fitness certifying organizations is building their headquarters at Big Bear. They plan to combine ski weekends with CEC workshops. Although I'm a bit weary of them, since they seem sort of EST, Esalen Institute, it would be a great way to go to a workshop that for once was not at Disney or Vegas!
Is the mountain worth a visit?
post #2 of 6
Well, since no one else has answered your question, I'll give you my 2 cents worth. Big Bear is not one of California's greatest ski areas. The last time I was there was about 40 years ago and at that time it was kind of a place where non-skiing parents took their skiing kids on a weekend if there happened to be some snow.
post #3 of 6
3 words: eighty percent snowboarders. You would like the view (lake) and the funky town, though.
post #4 of 6
Big Bear has two mountains, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. I have skied Snow Summit dozens of times over the past 2 years and it is just fine.

Big Bear is a lovely town, quite a relief from LA. I don't find there are any more snowboarders there than many other places.

Don't expect any challenging terrain, as I recall the steepest run is called "The Wall", more like "The Yawn". Still the area around that run is fun and there are plenty of groomers to just have fun on.

It gets VERY busy on weekends.

Hope this helps.


post #5 of 6

My first five years as an instructor was at Bear Mountain (I think they changed the name cleverly to "Big Bear Mountain"). NOte that these comments are based on that experience and I've been out of California for more than five years.

If you are used to big mountains - don't expect much and avoid the weekends. I agree that there seems to be a lot of snowboarders and lots of people doing more than they are capable of! During the week, however, both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are lots of fun. Bear has several peaks and if the snow is good the valleys between are challenging and fun. There is a little off piste, but it's easy to get lost and that could be very problematic there.

The city of Big Bear is delightful. I lived there for six years and really enjoyed that chapter of my life. There is a lot going on and when I chat with old friends, it seems that more keeps happening there. Which cynically begs the question of when will it become a suburb of Hollywood?

If you want to chat about it send me a PM.
post #6 of 6

if any of you guys are heading to big bear from San Diego you should consider taking the snowbusxpress its only $50.00 round trip

its worth it to avoid dealing with traffic, gas and just very convenient.


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