Continuing CA Drought Prompts Action


  Big Bear, CA, April 2, 2015 - California is drawing national attention as it enters into a fourth year of devastating drought. The state's record low snowpack, diminishing reservoir levels and high temperatures have pushed the state into uncharted territory, with worsening impacts on water quality, agriculture, fire response, habitat, and … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Weather in the Big Bear Valley


Big Bear, CA, Sept. 27, 2014 - According to the National Weather Service, the warmest month in Big Bear is July, with a daily average temperature of 65 degrees. The coolest month is January, with a daily average temperature of 34 degrees. There are an average of 2 days each year with highs over 90 degrees with the highest temperature ever recorded … [Read more...]

Big Bear Expecting Tons of Snow September 27


Big Bear Lake, CA, September 26, 2014 - Right on the heels of the news of the acquisition by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain is having its winter kickoff party this weekend. The 11th annual Hot Dawgz & Handrails is set for Saturday, September 27 from 9 am to dark, and 40 pro snowboarders will compete for cash on 130 tons of man-made … [Read more...]

Rare Funnel Cloud Develops Over Big Bear


Big Bear Lake, CA, September 17, 2014 - A very rare occurrence developed Tuesday with Big Bear's outbreak of thunderstorms. KBHR Meteorologist Ben Brissey explains that upper level winds and atmospheric conditions were favorable for severe weather and the development of funnel clouds--as demonstrated in this photograph. … [Read more...]

The remnants of Hurricane Norbert cause flooding concern

Big Bear City, CA, September 7, 2014 - A Flash Flood Watch continues through Monday for local mountains, deserts and inland valleys. The main threat of flooding will be in steep canyons and in foothills in the afternoons and evenings. To help ensure public safety, forest officials have temporarily closed recreation areas near Forest Falls through … [Read more...]

The Risks of Rocks on Mountain Highways

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Big Bear City, August 23, 2014 - As beautiful as these mountains are, living so close to nature means being more vulnerable to its hazards. One of those hazards is rock slides. Local highways that wind between Big Bear and the San Bernardino Valley are tightly squeezed against towering hills in spots, and those hills are stacked with loose … [Read more...]

Five Eagles Observed Over Weekend

Bald eagle feeding one of two chicks that hatched in early February near Big Bear Lake.  Unfortunately, the chicks did not survive the severe rain and snow storm on February 28th.  Photo Credit:  San Bernardino National Forest

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 12, 2014 - The last of four eagle censuses this winter was conducted on Saturday, with local biologists getting help from 57 volunteers. Observers spotted five bald eagles around Big Bear Lake during the one-hour count, including four adults and one juvenile. Juvenile eagles are the same size as the adults, but have a brown … [Read more...]

CalTrans Works to Re-Open Hwy 18

Big Bear, CA, March 1, 2014, 10:00am - According to Terry Kasinga of CalTrans, crews are working to re-open Highway 18, the front grade, after closing the roadway yesterday morning due to large boulders and debris on the road as a result of severe weather conditions.  The route was closed at both the Big Bear Dam and Snow Valley, however, as of … [Read more...]

Snow or Shine, the Race is on


Big Bear Lake, CA, February 14, 2014 - One slogan of our annual snowshoe race is, “If you can walk you can snowshoe,” and given our dry winter, this year’s competitors may actually be on foot. Organizers say the 7th Annual Snowshoe the Bear will go on February 22nd at 10:00 a.m., even if turns out to be a trail run. Event producer Karen … [Read more...]