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  • Kids Ski For Free and Get 50% Off Lessons

    by Rob Ochtera | Mar 24, 2016
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    Spring has sprung and with it comes Spring Break. Pack up the car and bring those kids up to the mountains where they can ski for free and polish their skills with an Instructor for half price. From now through the end of the season, at least April 10th if not longer, kids ski free with a paying or pass holding adult. On top of that, all of our Children's Ski School programs are available at half price through the end of the season as well- reservations required at least 72 hours in advance. 

    It has been a great season and we can't wait to see you on the slopes this Spring. Have you picked up your 2016/17 Season Pass during our Screaming' Deal Pass Sale yet? These great kid programs apply to your new pass as well- so you can ski and ride this Spring and bring the kids for free all before the 2016/17 season even starts. Click here for details.

    * & ** Kids 12 and under are eligible for these promotions. Limit two kids lift tickets can be picked up per one paid adult lift ticket or one adult Season Passholder. Free kids lift tickets can only be picked up at the ticket window at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain. Lessons must be booked at least three days in advance. 
  • Knock Knock. Who's- IT'S WINTER. I'M BACK

    by Rob Ochtera | Mar 04, 2016

    Things are aligning nicely for a combo punch out of the Pacific at the end of this weekend and next week. A slight shift Eastward of the center of El Niño, combined with the alignment of the Madden-Julian Oscillation, will result in the high pressure ridge above us breaking down and ushering in the return of our Atmospheric River over California. Snow levels are expected to start out around 6,00 feet and drop to 5,000 feet on Monday with the potential of several inches to more than a foot of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service.
    So, don't even think about hanging those skis and boards up yet. We're skiing and riding 100% of our terrain going into the weekend and coming out the other side with powder for you. See you on the snow...

  • We're Skiing And Riding 100% Of Our Terrain

    by Rob Ochtera | Feb 23, 2016
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    This is the year for you to enjoy some spring skiing and riding. This season Mother Nature and El Niño teamed up to deliver over 80 inches of natural snow, including one storm of 32”.  All of this natural snow, combined with the hard work of our Snowmaking Crew, has made for the best conditions we have seen going into March in ages. We are skiing and riding 100% of our terrain at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain with base depths of 36-48 inches. The best part? Winter’s not even close to being finished with us yet.

    Forecasters are preparing us for what could be a Miracle March as the El Niño weather pattern once again begins to affect Southern California with the atmospheric river flowing right over us. With the snow we currently have, just a storm or two playing out in this scenario could have us enjoying these conditions well into April if not May.

  • There's Plenty Of More Winter Yet To Come- Plan On It

    by Rob Ochtera | Feb 19, 2016

    Enjoying the amazing conditions we have with all of this sun has been great, but forecasters are letting us know to prepare for a heavy March. 

    The NMME model (North American Multi-Model Ensemble) shown above is forecasting above-average precipitation for New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. This model is an average of seven long-range models.

    What does this mean? It means we could see these midwinter base depths of over four feet increase further allowing us to ski and ride well into April and enjoy Spring Pow as we do. You won't want to miss this for anything, so make plans now.

  • Add That Elusive Trick To Your Quiver

    by Rob Ochtera | Jan 24, 2016

    Are you pretty sure you can nail that trick you have been dreaming of but you might want a little edge to help out? We've got just the thing for you- the High Cascades Snowboard Camp's Airbag. The crew at the camp sent us their bag to use few times this season and you can get your chance at it soon. 

    Participants are required to have a valid lift ticket or pass, a $10 Airbag Pass (good for the entire day) and a helmet. A go-for-it attitude also helps. The Airbag will be set up in The Scene at Bear on February 5th and 6th and again on the 26th through the 28th. Come give it a shot or encourage your buddies while they do...
  • This is THE Weekend- Lifts Open At 8:30am Saturday and Sunday

    by Rob Ochtera | Jan 08, 2016
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    It has been a week of amazing snow and we can't wait to share it with you. Our Storm Total ended up over 30" and the conditions are the best we have seen in years. Starting Saturday, we will be shifting our Opening Time at both resorts to 8:30 am on weekends and holidays. This change will be a permanent one.

  • Knock, Knock-Who's There? El Niño.

    by Rob Ochtera | Jan 03, 2016

    Screen Shot 2016-01-03 at 11.04.07 AM-EditHere we go folks. If you have been waiting to see the alignment and fruition of the predicted El Niño, you need look no further. This morning the National Weather Service issued a statement warning that by the end of the week the mountains above 6,000 feet could be looking at several feet of snow. 
    So, pull the trigger. Get that pass. Prep the vehicle and gear and get ready for a season to remember starting now...See you in the powder...
  • Join The Fun- 12th Annual Scout Day At Bear- Saturday, March 5th

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 29, 2015

    Every year the slopes of Bear Mountain host scouts, their friends and families for a fun filled day of skiing and riding. This day is for scouts of all ability levels to enjoy some time on the mountain working toward the skills required to earn their Snow Sports Merit Badge. All participants will leave with fond memories, improved skills and a Bear Mountain Scout Day Patch. There is no minimum group size required to participate and there are incentives for larger (20+) groups. Please see our event page for all of the details and we'll see you on the slopes Saturday, March 5th.

  • Give the Gift of Kids Snowboarding This Holiday Season

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 23, 2015
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    Burton Riglet Snowboarding was designed to create a fun and engaging environment for kids 6 and under to find success with snowboarding, and get families riding together. Our next Riglet Camp of the season will be offered January 2nd & 3rd in Bear Mountain's Learning Area. With components of the program starting at home through videos and fun activities to on snow, guided coaching by professional instructors the Riglet program is a fun, proven way to get kids out snowboarding with the rest of the family. 
    Give a gift that will last a lifetime by enrolling your little one in one of our Burton Riglet Camps today.
    Camps are 1 hour and are $89. Offered from 12-1pm and 1-2pm on scheduled days.
    Equipment is included.
    Looking for more? Take a look at the Burton Riglet Website.
    Registration is day of at any ticket window.
    Other Camp Dates 2/27-28; 3/5-6; 
  • Enjoy A Day On The Slopes With No Driving

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 17, 2015
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    What could be better than a day of skiing or riding in the great conditions we have? How about that same day with no driving involved? You can hop on the Rally Bus to Big Bear for a day of skiing and riding at Bear Mountain, Snow Summit or both. With convenient pick up locations all over Southern California from San Diego to Los Angeles, it's easy to reduce your own driving to a bare minimum if any at all. Avoid the traffic, forget parking and enjoy the in-route entertainment and company of your friends. With drop off and pick up at both resorts you can utilize the shuttle to enjoy both resorts and meet your bus at the end of your day. Check out our full routes, pricing and schedule- and yes, there is a restroom on board...
  • Planning Some Holiday Skiing and Riding?

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 11, 2015
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    Get a jump on the holidays by making a few arrangements in advance. If you haven't had a chance to pick up your Season Pass avoid the lines sure to be there at the beginning of the vacation period. Our Season Pass Office is open daily from one half an hour before lifts open through a half an hour after lift closing. 

    If you'll be purchasing lift tickets, be sure to purchase in advance online or by calling 844-Go2-BEAR and reserve your spot on the slopes. You may even pick your tickets up the day/night before and head straight to the lifts in the morning.

    Reserve your rentals today and pick them up the night before as well to get right on the slopes in the morning. Our Rental Shop will set you up the night before after 6pm. 

    Our Ski School and Private Lessons routinely sell out during the holiday period. Ensure your children's space in Ski School or your own spot in a Private Lesson by booking online or calling 844-Go2-Bear today. 

    The Holidays are a great time to enjoy the mountains with friends and family. A little preparation can mean a lot more quality time on the slopes. See you soon...
  • Get More Mountain

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 09, 2015
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    Get the most for your time and dollar. When you ski and ride at Big Bear Mountain Resorts you are getting more mountain for your lift ticket. Our lift tickets are interchangeable between resorts, and with only 2.5 miles and a free shuttle ride between resorts, you're getting two mountains for the price of one. That means more parks, more open cruisers and more learning terrain than you'll find anywhere in Southern California. When you add it all up your choice is simple- come ski and ride with us.
  • Twice As Nice

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 04, 2015
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    Try out some different terrain today. Your Bear Lift ticket is also good at our sister resort Snow Summit, where you'll find the wide open, fun slopes that Southern California skiing and riding was founded on. You'll also find our world famous Westridge Park, the Grizzly Ridge Tube Park and you might notice our slopes are lit for Night Sessions at Summit. We've redesigned our Learning Center and added restaurants, coffee bars and tap houses. If it's been a while since you've been to Summit, you're in for some fun.
  • Save When You Purchase Lift Tickets In Advance

    by Rob Ochtera | Dec 02, 2015
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    You can save on Lift Tickets by purchasing your tickets at least 72 hours in advance on our website or by calling 844-Go2-BEAR. If you want to save even more, consider a 2 Day Lift Ticket purchase. You get the same great trails and the same great snow at a great price. Come enjoy...


    Advance Purchase Discount not available during Holiday Period.
  • Need A Map? Download Our App

    by Rob Ochtera | Nov 28, 2015

    Did you know Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have their own apps? In them you'll find all sorts of useful information to help you plan your trip and enjoy your time on the mountain more. Trail Reports, Lift Status, Weather and Events are all at your finger tips. Log in via Facebook with your friends and family and you can track each other on the mountain via the app's Trail Map. Best of all keep track of your total laps, speed and vertical feet that you can reference during the day or review in the comfort of home at the end of your day.
    Download our Bear App here and our Summit App here.
  • Welcome To The #1 Park In The Nation

    by Rob Ochtera | Nov 17, 2015


    We have always fared pretty well in the TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Poll, including two top three appearances back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. This year the poll has been redesigned. In the past ranking was decided solely by audience votes, this year's poll still relies heavily on reader input, but also factors in data collected by Snow Park Technologies.

    The data covers a pretty wide spectrum, but includes number of features, acreage, and labor to determine who puts the most into their parks. This year the overall #1 Park in North America is Bear Mountain. We've always felt that way, but don't just take our word for it- read the entire article in the November issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding on news stands now.

  • Opening Weekend- We're Celebrating With Deals

    by Rob Ochtera | Nov 09, 2015


    Join us for Opening Weekend of the 2015/16 Winter Season. We're off to a great start and you're going to ski and ride more this season. Purchase your Anytime Season Pass this weekend and you'll be getting our El Niño Sale pricing and a $50 resort credit. Not going to be able to make it to the slopes this weekend? Call 844-GO2-BEAR and we'll hook you up with your new pass and that credit.

    Ticket windows and rental shops open at 8:30am. Lifts open at 9:00am with top to bottom skiing and riding. Park Run connecting through the Gulch will be loaded with jibs and park features. Chair 7 will also be open for beginner level skiing and riding. We'll see you on the snow.