Tag: Bear Mountain

Honoring Dick Kun

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 30, 2015 – On Monday evening in Hofert Hall, Mayor Dave Caretto and the Big Bear Lake City Council invited the community to join them in honoring Dick Kun. They were there to acknowledge Dick for his decades of exceptional stewardship of Big Bear’s two resorts and service to this community. Dick’s attention to snowmaking, lift-line management, and customer service have created two world class resorts that bring close to a million skiers and snowboarders to our mountain community every year. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are critical in helping to drive the economy of Big Bear. Dick also helped create the Resort Association, now known as the Visitor’s Bureau. He recognized the value of having Big Bear businesses work together to help give visitors to our valley a better, more full service experience while staying in our community. Dick has also helped by lending his voice and expertise to many local organizations and causes. He has been deeply involved with both the Rotary Club of Big Bear and the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce. Longtime, well known members of the community as well as dignitaries from the city, all pictured above, spoke eloquently in paying tribute to Dick Kun’s many years of service to our community. The word describing Dick that was repeated the most was ‘visionary’. Thank you, Mr. Kun.  ...

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Mammoth now owns Big Bear Mountain Resorts

Big Bear Lake, CA. March 3, 2015 – In a recent letter sent to Snow Summit stockholders sale of Big Bear Mountain Resorts to Mammoth Mountain was closed on Friday, February 27th.  A momentous day for the Big Bear Valley but it was possibly overshadowed by the pending weekend snowstorms.  Snow Summit began life as a modest ski endeavor with a permit from the National Forest service in the early 50’s.  Snow making and thirst for winter activities enabled Snow Summit to grow along with the entire resort industry.  While many mom and pop ski areas in Southern California have come and gone, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain emerged as innovators and leaders in the industry.  Executives for Mammoth, CEO Rusty Gregory and Dave Linkins, previously expressed their excitement for this deal as it will bring their total skier day tally to over 2 million annual visitors.  This type resort consolidation, which is now common place, will  make them one of the biggest in North America.  In addition, CEO Rusty Gregory, commented on future resort development that “we come from a small community and are sensitive to wants and needs of a mountain resort community”.   Summit President, Dick Kun, in his farewell letter indicated that he was “deeply grateful for 65 years of support and that lasting memories will comfort, what for some will be difficult”.  And now with...

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Winter Sports in the San Bernardino Mountains

Big Bear Valley, CA, November 29, 2014 – In 1925, Walter Kruckman ran a bus line which serviced the San Bernardino Mountains. The Motor Transit Company had a franchise to the mountains which required them to operate a year-round bus service, even though they traveled empty in the winter months. Kruckman came up with the idea of developing public interest in snow sports to fill his empty buses during the winter season. He helped form the Southern California Winter Sports League and took the position of publicity director. Kruckman promoted winter sports with 15 minute radio spots detailing road and snow conditions, and attracted Norway’s ski champion, Sven Hansen, to donate his time as Big Bear’s first ski instructor. In the early 30s, the Viking Ski Club of Los Angeles provided instruction and began holding competitive, winter sports events in Big Bear. Downhill skiing was gaining in popularity and the historic Lynn Sling Lift opened in Big Bear in 1938 at the Snow Forest Ski Resort. After World War II, owner Clifford Lynn built a 3000 foot single chair lift. During the 40s and early 50s several small rope tows were constructed, including an Upper and Lower Moonridge Rope Tow, located where the base of Bear Mountain Ski Area is today. In 1947, Tommy Tyndall arrived in Big Bear and started ski schools at several of the ski areas....

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Big Bear Expecting Tons of Snow September 27

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 26, 2014 – Right on the heels of the news of the acquisition by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain is having its winter kickoff party this weekend. The 11th annual Hot Dawgz & Handrails is set for Saturday, September 27 from 9 am to dark, and 40 pro snowboarders will compete for cash on 130 tons of man-made snow starting at 2 pm. The resort will take advantage of the huge anticipated crowds to unveil new urban style park features. The event is free to the public, and attendees will be entertained with DJs and music, prizes, games and giveaways, and have the chance to buy discounted season passes. The Screamin’ Deal 2014-15 pass is only available at he Bear Mountain season pass office on that day between 9 am and 6 pm. The activities: Snowboard competition featuring forty of the top jibbers in snowboarding Judges include Bear Team riders; Joe Sexton, JP Walker, Chris Bradshaw and Scott Stevens. Announcers include; Preston Strout, Adam Kisiel and John Castro The new features will be available for you to ride in the Red Bull Plaza this winter. Live Web Cast presented by Snowboarder magazine Discounts on SEASON PASSES– Season Pass office open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Vendor Booth City open by 11 a.m.- offering games and tons of giveaways. BBQ on the 13,000 square foot...

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A Fugitive in Our Midst: Christopher Dorner in Retrospect

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 10, 2014 – In February of 2013, many of us began following the news of a disturbed, disgruntled ex-cop as he crisscrossed southern California: A pair of murders in Irvine, an attempted boat theft in San Diego, an officer shot in Corona, and a fatal ambush in Riverside. It was chilling to watch Christopher Dorner’s path of vengeance, even from afar. And then, he was in our neighborhood. On Thursday, February 7th, CNN published Dorner’s manifesto, in which the former Navy marksman said his killing spree was in retribution for his wrongful termination from the LAPD. The same day, his Nissan Titan was found abandoned and on fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. The County Sheriff’s Department set up a command post in the nearby parking lot of Bear Mountain Resort, and began a massive manhunt aided by SWAT teams with snowcats and, when the heavy snow allowed, aerial searches. Schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District went on lockdown, and did not reopen the next day. On Sunday the 10th, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner’s arrest and conviction. Meanwhile, searchers in Big Bear continued to trudge through the forest in knee-deep snow, and check hundreds of empty vacation cabins. Local children went back to school on Monday, but were in another...

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