Tag: Snowshoeing

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 Break Ski and Board Program; available to both skiers and snowboarders, grades kindergarten through 12th, the fee to participate is $50 for six hours of instruction at Snow Summit. Sign-ups are currently being taken at the Park District offices on Park Avenue, and 10% discounts are offered for siblings. The district’s Teen Center also offers activities, starting with Monday’s field trip to Newport Beach, available to teens at a cost of $10, which includes transportation and a barbecue lunch. Other activities include next Tuesday’s Spring Break Party at the Teen Center, a trip to Joshua Tree National Park on Wednesday, and a Thursday field trip to Bear Mountain, followed by a movie and pizza party. Teens can participate in all four activities next week for a cost of just $25. For more information, contact the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District at 866-9700, or call Andy at the Teen Center at...

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

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 a wet morning and though there was plenty of snow coverage on the street at the starting line thanks to the City’s Public Works crews, conditions were a bit more arduous for the over 200 participants in the 5K and 10K snowshoe races. However, Saturday’s storm provided some snow during the race, at higher elevations where the course ran along trails of the San Bernardino National Forest. The first snowshoer to cross the finish line was local Jonathan Stiles, who was also the first to cross the finish line in the 5K of September’s Run the Bear. Other top male finishers in the 5K were Steve Blaine and Dale Beeson; top 5K females were Lauren Sullivan and Susan Maya and Lisa Waner, both of Big Bear Lake. In the 10K competition, overall leader was Adam Williams, a Snow Summit ski patroller and resident of Big Bear Lake; Williams was followed by Iggy Rodriques of Argentina (who’s living in Big Bear for the winter) and 15-year-old Casey Willliams...

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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 roughly eight inches of fresh snowfall. Stormy weather had prompted chain requirements on all local roads and highways over the weekend but, as of this morning [Monday, February 8], CalTrans has lifted all requirements. Though chains are not required on Highways 18, 38 or 330, or on roads within the Big Bear Valley, there may be areas, such as residential streets, where the use of chains may continue to be beneficial. But, officially, chains are not required at this time, though motorists are required to carry chains when traveling in the mountains during the winter months. Highway restrictions for big rigs and buses have also been lifted, per CalTrans. Also, snow conditions do remain in effect, so no parking of vehicles on city...

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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 Society. The Civil Air Patrol was to hold a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, February 6, but this will be rescheduled as there is not enough parking at the facility (due to snow) at this time. Those with questions on the CAP fundraising event can call Jim Gundred at 584-9195. We will bring you more notices as they are made available to KBHR. In the meantime, some activities are still a go this week. Among those, the parenting support group Common Ground will this evening present the first in a five-series workshop for adults on “rethinking how we parent our tweens and teens.” This evening’s free workshop begins at 6:30pm at Community Church by the Lake, and will address Empathy vs. Anger. To reserve your space for tonight’s Common Ground class for parents, call 801-1766. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District still plans to take a trip to the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Saturday, February 6, to see the Clippers/Spurs basketball game. Tickets are $42 per person, and include transportation...

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

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 snowshoe races, as well as a free kids snowshoe, and per event co-organizer Paul Romero, “Snowshoeing is a great sport that everyone can do. The 5K course is a great start for first-timers, kids and families, while the 10K course will challenge every level or athlete. It’s really about getting out, having fun and enjoying the great outdoors in the snow.” The February 6 event gets underway at 10am, and will also feature live music, exhibit booths, product-sponsor giveaways and pre- and post-race activities. Participants will need to provide their own snowshoes for the third annual Snowshoe the Bear, though local sporting goods stores including Equada Outfitters, Goldsmith’s Boardhouse and Bear Valley Bikes will have them available to rent. As with last year’s Snowshoe the Bear, it will be the first race in the Conquer the Bear series, which also includes challenges in mountain biking, running and kayaking over the course of the year. For more information on the Conquer the Bear series, which features two levels this...

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