Community Calendar for February’s First Week, as of Monday

Recent road conditions and the threat of more winter weather later in the week have prompted more cancellations in coming days. For starters, the Big Bear Valley Historical Society will not be holding their general meeting on Tuesday, February 2 at the Big Bear Discovery Center; no follow-up date has yet been announced by the Historical … [Read more...]

TGIF: Roads Cleared, Schools on Snow Day #7, and the Resorts Offer Night Skiing

Snow Summit (featured here in a photo titled "Snowy Miracle Mile" from BBMR) is open for night skiing this weekend.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Our roads are looking better each day and though there are no chain requirements for any roads in the Big Bear Valley, or on Highways 18, 38 and 330 [as of Friday morning, January 29], drivers may find that chains are of benefit, especially on some residential roads, getting over driveway berms, and in potentially icy, shaded … [Read more...]

Pow! Longtime Local Dick Kun Compares Our Recent Snowstorms to the Legendary Winter of 1969

Pow Pow! See, there is plenty of sweet snow to be skied and snowboarded at Snow Summit. (Photo courtesy BBMR)

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Longtime Big Bear resident Dick Kun has been watching the snow fall for over 60 seasons and, as president of Big Bear Mountain Resorts, he’s become an expert on snow in the Big Bear Valley. He says that this last series of storms, which included four fronts over the course of a week, is as intense as the legendary storm of … [Read more...]

Big Bear Valley in Recovery from Epic Storm; Monday Morning Update on Power, Roads, Schools, Mail, Emergency Shelter

The "storm of the decade" has made for an adventure in rugged (yet beautiful) mountain living.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Last week’s storms were epic, in that we received five feet of snow in the Big Bear Valley, prompting a state of emergency to be declared by the County of San Bernardino. Though we had a beautiful, sunny weekend, many of us (if not most of us) have gone hours or even days without power, phone, cable, Internet, water and … [Read more...]

Snow Day! Friday Closures and Cancellations (and Some Openings) for the Big Bear Valley

Wet, winter weather has been constant for, now, six days.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- This epic storm has resulted in a number of closures and cancellations: Among these, Bear Mountain Resort is closed today [Friday, January 22], though Bear Mountain lift tickets and season passes are being honored at Snow Summit, which certainly has a resort full of fresh powder for skiers and riders. MARTA transportation … [Read more...]

Have You Seen This Snowboarder? Sheriff’s Department Seeking Info on January 2 Hit-and-Run on the Slopes


The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is trying to locate a white male snowboarder in his 20s, involved in a hit-and-run incident on the slopes this past Saturday. Per the press release issued today: “On January 2 at approximately 1pm, a nine-year-old female victim was struck and injured by an unknown white male snowboarder while on the slopes at Bear … [Read more...]

More Snow, Sun at the Ski Resorts; Snow Summit Hosts Annual New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade


Today is a beautiful day to hit the slopes, given additional snowmaking overnight and sunshine in the forecast, and both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain resorts offer half-day session, starting at noon. Snow Summit also offers night session, starting at 3pm, and half-night session, starting at 7pm and extending until 9:30pm. And whether or not you … [Read more...]

Big Bear Receives More Snow, Though “Snow Conditions” Lifted Tuesday Morning; Extra Sessions at Ski Resorts

'Tis the season to hit the slopes.

We received a dusting of snow last night, resulting in an inch of new powder at lower elevations within the Big Bear Valley, making for 17 inches of snow in December and a seasonal total now over two feet. This, coupled with snowmaking at the resorts, brings snow depth on open runs at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain to as much as 36 inches. Both ski … [Read more...]

Snowboarder Dies After Striking Head Following Jump at Resort

A snowboarder died this afternoon, per a release issued by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Department. At 12:40pm, Kwang Kim, a 23-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was snowboarding at Snow Summit and, after an attempted jump in an area approved for jumping, he struck his head. Kim was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he … [Read more...]

Winter Snow Blankets Ski Resorts, and Prompts Chain Requirements on All Mountain Roads

Schools are closed for Winter Break, though you may recall when last year's big storm prompted days of BVUSD snow days, and pushed Big Bear High School finals back to January.  This morning, snow blanketed the new library building at Big Bear Middle School (pictured), which is scheduled to be ready for students when school resumes on January 11.

Well, it’s officially winter here in the Big Bear Valley, as we have received about four inches of snow since yesterday’s Winter Solstice, bringing this season’s snow totals to over two feet. You may remember last year this week, when the Big Bear Valley received nearly four feet of snow, prompting the resorts to claim the 2008 dump was the … [Read more...]