Tag: Snow Summit

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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Big Bear’s Annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade is Unique in SoCal

Big Bear, CA, December 30, 2014 – Burning torches will illuminate the slopes at Snow Summit on New Year’s Eve. Beginning at about 7:00 p.m., the annual Torchlight Parade is a spectacular sight to see. More than 250 skiers and snowboarders, some dressed in eccentric holiday costumes, will descend the snowy slopes with lit torches to create an incredible display of illumination down Miracle Mile, and weave a beautiful path of light to ring in the New Year. This free event can be seen from a range of vantage points throughout Big Bear and will be followed up by Snow Summit’s New Year’s Eve Party starting at 8:00...

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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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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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