Tag: Snowshoeing

Strapped for Cash? Strap on the Snowshoes!

Fawnskin, CA, January 6, 2014 – For the third year, the Southern California Mountains Foundation will team up with REI, Rancho Cucamonga to host Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Winter Trails Day is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try snowshoeing and other winter activities for free. On Saturday, January 11 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., a variety of nature activities will be offered. Between 8 and 8:30 a.m., volunteers with binoculars are welcome to show up to help count the bald eagles wintering on the San Bernardino National Forest. The actual count takes place from 9-10am after a brief orientation. This will be the second of four censuses the U.S. Forest Service will conduct this winter. Starting at 10:30, a 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing–one of the fastest-growing winter sports–will be hosted every hour. Once participants register and get their maps at the Discovery Center, they’ll need to get themselves to the demonstration location; snowshoes will be provided. Stacy Gorin, Mountains Foundation Director of Operations, points out the sport is “an excellent form of low-risk, low impact aerobic exercise.” Every 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can learn how to track animals and make your very own track. This workshop has a fee of $3. At 11:00, you and the family can...

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Winter Trails Day At Discovery Center

Fawnskin, CA, January 8, 2013 – The Southern California Mountains Foundation (formerly San Bernardino/National Forest Association) and co-presenter, REI, will host the second Southern California Winter Trails Day on January 12, 2012 from 10am until 2pm at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Winter Trails is a national event that offers those new to snow sports an opportunity to try snowshoeing and and other winter activities FREE. A 30-minute introduction to snowshoeing will be hosted every hour starting at 10:30am.  Registration will be available at 10am limited to 20 people per demonstration. Snowshoes will be provided.  Participants must provide their own transportation to the demonstration location, maps will be available at registration.   Demonstrations are free. Snowshoeing is an excellent form of low-risk, low impact aerobic exercise that can help improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness as well as burn calories. The Discovery Center youth volunteers will sell hot chocolate and snacks – including making s’mores – as a fund raiser for their youth volunteer program. For more information call the Discovery Center at...

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If you can walk, you can “Snowshoe the Bear”

Big Bear Lake, CA, January 5, 2013 – The 5th annual Snowshoe the Bear event is scheduled for February 23, and with two race lengths starting in the Village, all skill levels are welcome. Snowshoeing requires no training – in fact, many participants are first-timers. The 5k/3.1-mile course is an easy loop around the slopes of Towne Trail, which rises just enough to offer great views of the valley. More serious athletes can race through the pristine single track trails on the 10k/6.2 mile course just above town.  There is also a free Kid’s Race. Most outdoor sport retailers sell or rent snowshoes, but participants should reserve snowshoes ahead of time as most shops will sell out for the event.  Check the website snowshoethebear.wordpress.com for locations. Snowshoe the Bear is one of five events produced in coordination with the 2013 Open Air Big Bear series, and is organized by Karen Lundgren, world-class adventure racer and the 13th woman to successfully climb the Seven Summits of the world.  Other events include Big Bear Memorial Day 5k (road run, May 26), PaddleFest (kayak, canoe, SUP, June 29), Tour de Big Bear (cycling, August 3) and Endure the Bear (trail run, September 6 and 7).  The Memorial Day 5k is a new addition this year, and Endure the Bear has added a 100 mile trail run.  Athletes who participate in certain multiple events will...

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Winter Trails Day: Enjoy the Wilderness in the Winter!

Big Bear, Ca, January 2, 2012 – This Saturday, celebrate the great outdoors at Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center.  Local organizations, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, Open Air Big Bear, City of Big Bear Lake, Rim Nordic, North Shore Trading Co, and the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association will partner with the National Forest Association and REI to host a day dedicated to Winter Trails, and winter outdoor activities.  The event which will start at 10:00am will feature Snowshoe Demos, a presentation by the City of Big Bear Lake on the Master Plan of Trails Process, a snowshoe hike, animal tracking, a 100 yard Snowshoe Dash, and nature walks.  The event is free to attend, and is great for families.  If you haven’t tried snowshoeing yet, and are interested in finding out more information about the growing sport, this event is the perfect place to find out more information.  Snowshoeing is an excellent form of low-risk, low impact aerobic exercise that can help improve or maintain cardiovascular fitness as well as burn calories. REI will also host “A Leave No Trace Plan Ahead and Prepare” presentation geared for outdoor winter sports; winter backpack campsite demo, and host prizes for games such as “guess the weight of the backpack”.  For more information go to...

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Open Air Big Bear Announces 2012 Conquer The Bear Schedule Of Events

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 11, 2011, noon – Open Air Big Bear is back with the 2012 Conquer the Bear, Conquer the Cub, and the all new Conquer the Grizzly multisport challenges in Big Bear Lake. The series will test athletes on four different disciplines throughout the year – snowshoeing, paddling, cycling, and trail running. The events include Snowshoe the Bear on February 25 – a snowshoe race of 5K for Conquer the Cub and 10K for Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly; Big Bear PaddleFest on July 8 – paddle races of 5K for Conquer the Cub and 20K for Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly; Tour de Big Bear on August 4 – NEW bike road races for Conquer the Cub, Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly; and Endure the Bear on September 9 – a trail run race of 5K for Conquer the Cub and 30K for Conquer the Bear and Conquer the Grizzly. The series offers athletes numerous chances at cash and prizes including $1000 grand prize split between the Conquer the Bear men’s and women’s overall winners, and the individual FRS King of the Mountain awards giving participants the opportunity to win $50 cash at each race. Individual events in the series offer cash prizes to the top finishers, age group awards and additional prizes from sponsors including FRS Healthy Energy, Big...

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