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TALES FROM THE DAWG: Team Rider Scotty Vine

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“Really stoked to see what Bear has to offer this season.”  Those are the words of Scotty Vine (team rider) who we recently caught up with while he was packing to go on a road trip across the country.  What’s he been up to lately?  Well he chatted about a couple of upcoming video projects to be released this Fall, including his Full Part IV with Arbor Snowboards, the Postcard Series V2.  He also made it up to Mt. Hood for a couple of sessions including one with High Cascade, but most of all he’s just been enjoying his time off this summer while getting stoked for the upcoming season at Bear Mountain.

TFTD Pics for Web (1 of 3)Scotty Vine has a long history with Bear Mountain and in particular the Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails (HDHR) event, having competed in every one since 2006.  In 2008 Vine won 3rd place overall in the event and also received the honored “Best Trick” award for one awesome Double Backflip over the most memorable jump in HDHR history along with winning the event in 2006 and 2009!  Asking Vine how long he’s been riding at Bear made him really have to think because he’s been with us that long!  “This has to be my 11th or 12th season riding at the resort,” said Vine. “Pretty much ever since Summit bought Bear.  Summit had Ego Trip and the Super Pipe in the early 2000’s and that stole my attention.  It just seemed like THE place to ride.”

Vine became a Team Rider for Bear (although at the time they weren’t officially called “Team Riders”) in the 06/07 season and every year since he has been a part of HDHR.  “It’s fun to be involved.  I love the creativity of the event and it always has such an innovative set-up.  It’s the biggest winter kickoff party and the best summer-time setup out there!”

We asked Vine to share with us some of his fondest HDHR memories from years past.  Among them were Yale Cousino’s sick hand plant at the West End Quarter Pipe from a few seasons back and last year when Tommy Gesme did a Back 270 Pull Back.  “I remember back in the day watching Bradshaw session the Down Rail that was set up on the steps down to the parking lot.  Every year it’s been fun watching the evolution of the entire event.”

Vine has never judged HDHR and when we asked him on his interest in doing so in the future he replied, “Not really my thing yet.  I still have too much energy and just need to be on that course.”

Join us Saturday, September 27th for this year’s 11th Annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails.


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Posted: 9/20/14, 10:30am, by Dustin Murphy. See Post

HDHR Season Pass Sale Expanding to Include Online Sales!!!

Expanded Online Sales FinalYou have spoken and we at Big Bear Mountain Resorts have listened! For the first time we are expanding our Hot Dagwz & Hand Rails (HDHR) Season Pass Sale to include online purchases!!!

Maybe you were scheduled to work that day… Maybe it’s your Grandma’s Birthday… Maybe you’re spending the summer in another state!  Whatever the reason was we know that you were bummed that you’d be missing out on the return of the Screamin’ Deal Season Pass Sale for one day only at Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails, but we at Bear Mountain didn’t want to restrict our Season Pass Holders due to any extenuating circumstances that would keep them from enjoying the biggest winter kickoff party of the season. However, as an added bonus to our HDHR attendees, we are giving away $5,000 worth of prizes to Season Pass Holders who purchase their Season Pass at the event on the 27th!

Whichever way you buy your pass, thank you for supporting your favorite So Cal Winter Resort with the purchase of your 2014/15 Season Pass!

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Posted: 9/18/14, 11:09am, by Dustin Murphy. See Post

TALES FROM THE DAWG: Game Plan for the 11th Annual Event

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“After 11 years I still get excited when Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails comes along because it means that winter is almost here”, said Clayton Shoemaker (Director of Park Development & Youth Marketing) with a paint roller in his hand while standing at the base of a gargantuan new feature for the HDHR set up. In fact Clayton and the rest of the Park Crew have been working overtime to get this year’s course set up in shape, even working Saturday’s leading up to the event!

Over the past few weeks, Tales From the Dawg has focused on the history of HDHR. We’ve made readers look up at the sky, and put on their thinking face while we started the chime music and rippled their screens…  But now the flashback is over! With the 11th Annual HDHR only 11 Days away it’s time to focus on what will be going down this year at the biggest winter kickoff party of the year!B&W Building HDHR (1 of 2)

“What started with 40 tons of ice chipped into snow the first year has more than tripled this year and it’ll take 5 semi-trucks just to supply us with the ice we need,” said Chris Riddle (Vice President of Marketing for BBMR). It fact this year not only will there be more snow, but there will also be more course! “Our Park Crew has designed a split course, offering two sections that riders can hit. The crowd will be placed in the center of the action between these two courses and also between two dualing DJ’s atop towering scaffolding.”

Once HDHR hits we notice one thing… people really start to think about winter, and we’re noticing that already! While most park crews are still in the process of building their features for the upcoming winter, we at Bear Mountain are already showing our new features to the general public by letting pro riders be the first to hit them! HDHR allows all who attend the chance to see pro riders hit these new features before they are put into the Red Bull Plaza this coming winter where the general public can enjoy them.B&W Building HDHR (2 of 2)

“As a resort and as a park we are always trying to be progressive even when it’s not winter,” said Clayton Shoemaker as he and his crew were fixing a garage door to the side of some scaffolding. “And that really is a testament to the commitment we have to our guests and riders. This year we’re trying to make the features more dynamic. We’re keeping it urban, but also trying to add a little industrial flair. At HDHR we’ll be seeing features that I’ve never seen anyone hit before including a few roof rides and it’ll be exciting to see how the best handle it.”

Here’s how the competition will go down. We’ll have two separate course set ups with the crowd in the middle of the action. Half of our riders will start on the right course while the other half of the riders will start on the left. Then when it’s time for the Second Heat the riders will switch courses, having them show their range of skill when they can’t keep hitting the same set up over and over again.

When asked what the best part about HDHR was Shoemaker jokingly replied, “Once our work is done and we’re watching the riders from the sun deck while having a drink with the rest of the park crew!” After seeing the incredible work the Park Crew has done on this course we think that they deserve two…

Join us Saturday, September 27th for this year’s 11th Annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails.Tune in Saturday for another edition of Tales From the Dawg where we’ll be interviewing Team Rider Scotty Vine to his perspective on HDHR!

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Posted: 9/16/14, 2:39pm, by Dustin Murphy. See Post

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