Category: Snow/Weather

Big Bear Winter Festival, February 27th 

Big Bear, CA, January 23rd, 2016 – The first-ever Big Bear Winter Festival means so much more than traditional play in the snow! Winter sports have ordinarily been of the ski or snowboard or ice skate or luge variety, and while we wouldn’t want to see those snowy standards going away, it’s always interesting to see what kind of new winter fun people are getting up to. Something that’s been growing for awhile now is the bike-to-snow trend, as in fat bikes, those cycles ready-made for snowy terrain, and Big Bear is all about this here-to-stay trend. Saturday February 27th is the date of the fest, and people...

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Big Bear Lake is Rising and Setting Records

 Big Bear, CA, January 10th, 2016 – After reaching our lowest lake level of the season of 14’-7” on January 4, 2016, This past storm brought in a total of 849 acre feet in the lake which raised the level by 3”.  That equates to 276,647,499 gallons of water added to the Lake. It is too early to estimate what it really means but it already means we are better off than we were the entire winter season last year.  Big Bear Lake level now is 14’-3” down from full and rising. Also this weekend, Big Bear and over 150 other venues across...

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Don’t Risk Your Life, Stay Off Lake Ice!

Big Bear, CA, January 9th, 2016 – Winter temperatures in Big Bear Valley can vary greatly, but never get cold enough to create a safe, solid frozen surface on Big Bear Lake. Being on the lake ice is a violation of San Bernardino County Codes and Ordinances of the Municipal Water District, with maximum fines of up to $500. More importantly, hypothermia and drowning are substantial risks of walking or playing on lake ice! Hypothermia occurs when the body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce it. Symptoms include uncontrollable shivering, slow or slurred speech, incoherence, fumbling...

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Missing Skiers Found

Big Bear, CA, January 8, 2016 – Shortly after 1:20 p.m. yesterday, deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of missing skiers and snowboarders at Snow Summit. It was originally reported that an off-duty female employee of Snow Summit had gone out of bounds, became disoriented as fog and snow conditions persisted throughout the day, and was lost in the forest on the back side of the mountain. Deputies were able to make contact with the female via cell phone and get a screenshot of her location just before her battery went dead. As search efforts were initiated, deputies received information that two male subjects had located the female’s tracks at the top of the mountain and decided to follow them into the out of bounds area. They also became lost, but were able to locate the female. Deputies made contact via cell phone with one of the males and were able to obtain GPS coordinates of the subjects’ general location. Due to heavy snow conditions, access could only be gained using heavy equipment. The Snow Cat, snowmobiles, and four-wheel drive search vehicles were deployed from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station with search teams that included 4 deputies and 8 Search & Rescue members. The search teams ultimately located the subjects on Forest Service Road 2N10 at approximately 4:15 p.m. When they were located, a third male was with them and it was reported that an additional...

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Deep Snow – Challenging Road Conditions – Power Outages

Big Bear Lake, CA January 7, 2016 -The weather phenomenon El Nino has produced a major pacific storm that has and is still pumping deep snow conditions on Southern California mountains. Snow Summit is reporting two feet of powder has fallen over two days and the snowfall will continue as the National Weather Service has extended the Winter Warning until early Friday morning. Call yourself lucky if you can get to the slopes for a day of powder skiing. For others the roads around Big Bear are a challenge for even experienced mountain drivers with deep snow, accidents and...

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