Tag: Big Bear Mountain Resorts

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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Bear Mountain Resorts Shareholders Approve Sale to Mammoth Mountain

Big Bear, CA, November 3, 2014 – With the final shareholder votes tallied, the Snow Summit Ski Corporation, a long standing icon of the Big Bear Valley, will change hands perhaps later this month.The official count of 68% in favor and 11% against the sale was announced at the annual stockholders meeting. Thus the sale of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain to Mammoth Mountain was ratified. The largest concern expressed at the November 2, 2014 stockholders meeting seemed to be access to free lift tickets and parking privileges. President and CEO Dick Kun stated that that it was a good deal for the shareholders who will receive in the neighborhood of $600.00 per share, but also draws to a close any future stockholder privileges. He further went on to explain that their aging management team along with winter resort industry consolidation was what helped lead them to the sale decision. In addition, Mr. Kun, the major stockholder, told the audience that during the negotiation process, “they never lost sight of shareholder concerns, and getting the highest possible price per share or return on investment.” In order to complete this transaction, the Forest Service must issue a new use permit, but according to Brent Tregaskis, newly named area General Manager, “this should not be an issue as Mammoth has the highest reputation as a resort operator.” According to others on...

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Mammoth Resorts to Acquire Bear Mountain Resorts

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 24, 2014 – Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, owner of both Mammoth and June Mountain, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts which includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, for 38 million dollars. Closing is subject to certain conditions including shareholder approval. The combination of these four iconic California mountain resorts will create one of the nations largest ski companies with over 2 million visitors per year. To celebrate the occasion, Mammoth has announced a new season pass that includes unrestricted access to all four mountains at a discounted rate of $689. for adults. The new Cali4nia Pass will go on sale at the Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails event at Bear Mountain this Saturday and then will be available online for a limited time only at...

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Kids Ride Free With PB&J

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 1, 2014 – Even without the recent snowfall, our local ski resorts would’ve been busy this weekend, hosting special events on both days. Today, it’s the Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Bear Mountain, Volcom’s amateur snowboard contest. This free event features multiple divisions for men and women of all ages, and the top 5 in each division qualify for the 2014 World Championships and a shot at a $15,000 purse. The Big Bear competition is free to spectators with lift tickets or passes. Today and tomorrow, Women’s Edventures is offering ski and snowboard clinics, at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The workshops include lunch, goodie bags, four hours of instruction, video analysis plus a personalized strategy for improvement. The team of female, professional instructors carry advanced certification in  Alpine, Nordic and boarding to accommodate students of all skill sets at Lake Tahoe and at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. It’s too late to join in this weekend, but you have until February 22 to sign up for the next Edventure, which is scheduled for March 1st and 2nd. For details, call (714) 469-6748....

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