Category: Big Bear Photos

Aircraft Accident Under Investigation

Big Bear City, CA, January 26, 2016 – Yesterday morning, while performing a daily inspection, Big Bear City Airport staff found a single engine, tail wheel aircraft that was lying upside down near the runway. Following standard procedures, the airport was temporarily closed and FAA, fire,  and law enforcement personnel were contacted. There was no pilot present and the airport was told by FAA authorities not to disturb the scene. The pilot had mistakenly attempted a landing at approximately 7:30 Sunday evening on the infield area between the runway and taxiway and flipped over in the snow. The airport office was...

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Know Before You Go

Big Bear, CA, January 6, 2016 – Big Bear Valley offers many free snow play areas for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding.  Don’t let your winter fun be ruined – KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  Free areas for snow play are available on open forest service land and trails only.  Snow play on private property (including vacant lots) is prohibited.  Violators are subject to citation or arrest for trespassing.  Make sure to park your vehicle in an authorized location so you don’t return from your day of fun to find a parking ticket or that your vehicle has been towed. Here are some safety tips for sledding in unmaintained areas: * Select a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom for you to glide to a stop. * Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot. * Avoid hillsides that end near trees, boulders, fences or other hazards. * Make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as rocks, trees, fallen branches, or trash/other debris. * Choose hills that are snowy, rather than icy.  An icy slope makes for a hard landing if you fall off your sled. * Sled during the daytime, when potential hazards are visible. Pay-to-Play tubing on maintained runs is also available at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play. DO NOT walk or play on the lake...

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Big Bear Lake Is Open For The Season

Big Bear Lake, CA, April 2, 2015 – Yesterday, Big Bear Municipal Water District opened the Carol Morrison East Launch Ramp for the 2015 season. The public boat launch ramp, which has been closed for the winter, gives boat owners the opportunity to launch onto the lake for boating and fishing, and is especially good news for anglers that prefer trolling over shoreline fishing. In addition to the public launch ramp opening, five Big Bear Lake marinas are now open for the 2015 season. On May 8, the Duane Boyer West Launch Ramp will open offering even more public access to the lake. To celebrate Big Bear Lake’s opening day, Big Bear MWD planted approximately one million fingerling trout into the lake. This should help increase the trout population for years to come. In addition to the fresh load of fingerling trout, the MWD plans to plant two more truckloads of 250,000 larger trout that are approximately 10 to 12 inches within the next two weeks. In addition to the ‘pink-meat’ that Big Bear Lake is famous for, it also has both large mouth and small mouth bass, catfish, crappie, and...

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Lucky Kayakers get Quick Rescue from Big Bear Lake Patrol

Big Bear Lake, CA February 12 , 2015 –  Spending time on the lake in a boat or kayak in the winter months can be a deadly combination even if the sun is out and temperatures are a balmy 50 degrees.  Always use caution, wear a life vest and realize that regular patrol of the lake is not possible in the colder months.   The water is cold and hypothermia is a predictable outcome if you end up in the water.   Here is the description and photos of what happened given to us by Kim Baker with the photos taken by her friends George and Sam.   “Here are some pictures of the the two kayaker’s that turned over in the lake on Tuesday Feb 10 2015. The pictures are from a couple of fishermen that saw it when it happened,  and called 911.  Emergency was there in a matter of minuets.  They are alive and fine.  Fishermen where on Sandy Beach north shore.   George and Sam.”...

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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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