Big Bear Lake’s second annual Snowshoe the Bear event kicks off with the pre-registration party this evening, from 7 to 10pm at Northwoods Resort in the Village. You don’t have to be a competitor in the snowshoe race to enjoy this evening’s reception, which will include live music; the party is offered free of charge, though attendees are asked to bring a can of food to benefit local families in need. The big event, the 5 and 10K races launching from the Village, start at 10am tomorrow, following a pre-race meeting at 9:40am. Those of all levels of snowshoeing ability are welcome to participate in Snowshoe the Bear—and, if not planning to compete, there will still be plenty to do in the Village tomorrow. The expo begins at 9am, and a breakfast cart hosted by Amangela’s and Sol Food Market will be available; there will also be sled dog demos, a free snowshoe race for the kids, a climbing competition, free snowshoe demos, and live music from Inhale. The community is invited to come enjoy the eco-friendly Snowshoe the Bear event, in which locals Ted Devito and Kim Williams will defend their titles as “Fastest Bears in the Bear.”