Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation Expanding Their Reach to Include Paths for Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Running, Cycling and Horseback Riding

When the snow melts, outdoor enthusiasts will again be able to enjoy the 30 miles of bike routes throughout the Big Bear Valley, though, through the efforts of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, the hope is to have paths available for non-motorized travel year-round by incorporating routes not just for cycling, but cross-county skiing, hiking, … [Read more...]

Amgen Tour of California Cycling Through Big Bear in May; January 7 Power Breakfast to Outline Benefits to Business Owners

The City of Big Bear Lake is anticipating major crowds when the Amgen Tour rolls into Big Bear on May 21. "There is a difference between this and the marathon and the Expo '97," noted Mayor Liz Harris. "The difference being this has several years experience, and towns (on the route) have experienced an increase in tourism." It is anticipated that over 2 million spectators will line the race course, which includes eight stages; Big Bear hosts Stage 6 for the big climb.

Professional cycling stars Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer will be in the Big Bear Valley in May, as both are scheduled to participate in the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, billed as the biggest biking event in North America and now on par with the Tour de France. Big Bear will provide a high-altitude finish on the eight-day, 750-mile race, as … [Read more...]

LiveGreen: Big Bear Lake Continues Green Initiative Movement

The City of Big Bear Lake is furthering efforts to be a leader in green initiatives and environmental responsibility and, in moving beyond an ad-hoc committee (made up of City Council’s Rick Herrick and Bill Jahn), the City’s Director of Community Relations Cheri Haggerty says, “We’ve coined this the LiveGreen program.” As outlined before … [Read more...]

Big Bear Mountain Resorts Offer Another Weekend of Skiing, Riding, Golfing and Mountain Biking

Local rider Tucker Norred

Bear Mountain Resort remains open for another weekend of skiing and riding and new features on Central Park Run include a 15-foot jump. Early season ticket prices are still in effect for Bear Mountain: $25 for adults, $20 for young adults, and $10 for children, with additional discounts available for half-day sessions, which begin at noon. Though … [Read more...]

Hit the Slopes: Big Bear Mountain Resorts Offer Snowboarding, Skiing, Golfing and Mountain Biking This Weekend

Cold temps have allowed for snowmaking at Snow Summit, which opens--top to bottom--for Thanksgiving weekend.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts will have a full slate of recreational activities available this weekend and, in exciting news for skiers and snowboarders, Bear Mountain will be open as of tomorrow morning! Given this week’s cooler temps and the opportunity to blow snow, Bear Mountain Resort will open chair 5 and Central Park, which will have a … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer to Ride in to Big Bear for May’s Tour of California; “This Is Going to Be One Full Mountain”

Local cyclists rode to Onyx Summit, at 8,443 feet, on Highway 38 as part of the official announcement event in October, when Big Bear was named the stage 6 finish location.

Given yesterday’s announcement that the Amgen Tour of California—billed as “the biggest race in the United States,” per Governor Schwarzenegger—will include a high-altitude finish in the Big Bear Valley, professional cyclist Lance Armstrong has committed to participate in the May 2010 event, which will include 750 miles of cycling over an … [Read more...]

It’s Official! Big Bear to Host Stage Six of Amgen Tour of California; May 2010 Cycling Event to Reach International Audience of Billions

In June, the City of Big Bear Lake was approached as a potential host city for the 2010 Amgen Tour of California which in this, its fourth year, included 17 of the world’s top professional cycling teams (including Lance Armstrong among them) and, as the largest biking event in North America, is now on par with the Tour de France. As of noon … [Read more...]

Local Activities and Camps Available to Students During Fall Break; Hummingbird Project Offers Financial Assistance

Bear Valley Unified students start their two-week Fall Break come Saturday and, parents, should you be looking for activities to engage your children through October 18, there are some opportunities. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District offers Wild and Crazy Super Sports Camp for 9 to 13-year-olds, at a cost of $99 per week. Offerings … [Read more...]

Eleven Contenders Overcome Challenges to Conquer the Bear; Heather Devito and Wes Barton Take Titles in Five-Event Series


The Conquer the Bear challenge, launched this year with February’s second annual Snowshoe the Bear, included five athletic events and, ultimately, 11 contenders, who completed races in snowshoeing, mountain biking, running and paddling. The final, daunting competition was the completion of the 26.2 mile marathon in Saturday’s Run the Bear, … [Read more...]

Twelve Athletes Still in the Running for the 2009 Conquer the Bear Title; Series Culminates With Saturday’s 26.2 Mile Marathon

Ted and Heather Devito were the early leaders in Conquer the Bear, having won the Snowshoe the Bear event, the first in the series. As the top locals in the event, they also won the perpetual "Fastest Bears in the Bear" trophies.

This Saturday, September 12, brings the second Big Bear Lake Marathon, as the Run the Bear event, which also includes a half-marathon, 5K and free Kids’ Kritter Run, gets underway, starting first with the bike tour, which launches from Pine Knot Landing at 6:30am. For 12 athletes, Saturday’s Run the Bear will be the culmination of a strenuous … [Read more...]