Tag: Snow Summit

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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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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Death at Dock is Under Investigation

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 3, 2014 – The Labor Day Weekend boosted the local economy by bringing plenty of tourists into town, but the holiday was not without its accidents. On Saturday evening, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a body in the lake off Waterview Drive, between Boulder Bay and Metcalf Bay. Deputies found a 51-year-old deceased male in the water near a dock. The Coroner’s Office recovered the body but will withhold the victim’s identity  until the next of kin has been notified. The circumstances of the death are still under investigation. On Monday afternoon, a mountain bike accident at Snow Summit was serious enough to require an airlift for urgent medical treatment; no word on the extent of the cyclist’s injuries. The last holiday weekend saw one serious incident on the mountain: On the morning of July 4th, a 54-year-old Valencia resident fell off his mountain bike while riding a trail. He was not breathing when found and was airlifted to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries the next morning. The Big Bear Municipal Water District reported no watercraft collisions over the three-day period between August 30 and September...

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