Recreation and Park District Offers Student Activities Over Spring Break, Including Field Trips for Teens

Big Bear Lake, CA -- Spring Break for students of the Bear Valley Unified School District is just days away, and those staying in town to enjoy the sun and the slopes may want to partake in activities being offered by the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District. For three days starting next Tuesday, April 6, Rec and Park offers the Spring … [Read more...]

Over 200 Brave the Elements to Race in the Third Annual Snowshoe the Bear

Participants in the 5K rounded the corner from Village Drive to Knickerbocker, then headed for the hills, up hill.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- For the first two rounds of Snowshoe the Bear, the local snowshoeing event launched by Equada Outfitters and Team Sole in 2008, the clouds parted and racers enjoyed fresh snow under sunny skies. Not so for this, the third annual Snowshoe the Bear, which launched from the Village of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, February 6—it was … [Read more...]

Wet Storm Brings Rain, Snow; All Roads Free of Chain Requirements as of Monday

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Though this weekend’s storm was a wet one, bringing rain to the lower elevations within the Big Bear Valley, atop the resorts (and at higher elevations for Saturday’s Snowshoe the Bear race, which launched from the Village before venturing onto San Bernardino National Forest trails), it is guesstimated that we received … [Read more...]

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...]

Snowshoe the Bear Returns on February 6, as Does Conquer the Bear Series

Fresh snowfall made for a beautiful day (and great conditions!) for the 2nd annual Snowshoe the Bear, which launched from the Village before coursing through the San Bernardino National Forest.

Big Bear Lake, CA -- With snow likely in the coming week, weekend athletes may want to step into some snowshoes to gear up for the third round of Snowshoe the Bear, which returns to the Village of Big Bear Lake and surrounding trails of the San Bernardino National Forest on Saturday, February 6. The family-friendly event features 5K and 10K … [Read more...]

Sledding Available, and Snowshoeing Tours on the Forest; Be Sure to First Park Legally and Off the Road

If you plan to sled, tube or toboggan, first be sure that you are not parked illegally, in the roadway or in a residential driveway and, if on the San Bernardino National Forest, be sure to display an Adventure Pass on the dashboard before leaving your vehicle. Big Bear offers two developed snow play areas, Alpine Slide and Snow Play, at either end … [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...]

Sunday’s Team Big Bear Mountain Bike Race Is Second Event in “Conquer the Bear” Series


Team Big Bear hosts the first of three cross-country mountain biking events this Sunday, May 31, and nearly 300 mountain bikers, from novice to pro, are expected to participate. Team Big Bear’s Shoot-Out #1 will also be the second competition in the Conquer the Bear series hosted by the Open Air Big Bear coalition; to date, title holders are Ted … [Read more...]

George Crezee Inspires Others to Get Outdoors; 59-Year-Old Celebrates Birthday Skiing, Skating, Surfing, Riding, Climbing and Paddling

Happy Birthday, George!

Longtime Big Bear resident and outdoor enthusiast George Crezee is celebrating his 59th birthday with an afternoon of kart racing at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside this hour [3pm]—though this is just event #10 in his day of fifteen activities. Since waking in the 4am hour for a healthy breakfast, Crezee has already taken a mountain bike … [Read more...]