Category: Snow/Weather

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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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 being 94 degrees on July 15, 1998, while the lowest ever recorded was -25 degrees on January 29, 1979. Freezing temperatures have occurred in every month, on an average of 186 days each year. Due to the elevation of the weather station, precipitation is greater than in the San Bernardino lowlands, averaging just over 21 inches of rain per year. The maximum 24 hour rainfall was 9.5 inches on December 6, 1966. Measurable rainfall normally occurs 45 days per year with mountain thunderstorms occasionally producing heavy rainfall, even in midsummer. Big Bear’s climate is considered ‘Warm-summer Mediterranean’. The Big Bear Valley normally receives significant winter snow because of it high elevation. Snowfall, at lake level, averages 72 inches per season with upwards of 100 inches accumulating on the ridges above 8000 feet. The most snow in 24 hours was 27 inches on March 27, 1991 with the greatest depth of snow being 58 inches on February 3, 1979. There are normally 18 days per year with measurable...

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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 snow starting at 2 pm. The resort will take advantage of the huge anticipated crowds to unveil new urban style park features. The event is free to the public, and attendees will be entertained with DJs and music, prizes, games and giveaways, and have the chance to buy discounted season passes. The Screamin’ Deal 2014-15 pass is only available at he Bear Mountain season pass office on that day between 9 am and 6 pm. The activities: Snowboard competition featuring forty of the top jibbers in snowboarding Judges include Bear Team riders; Joe Sexton, JP Walker, Chris Bradshaw and Scott Stevens. Announcers include; Preston Strout, Adam Kisiel and John Castro The new features will be available for you to ride in the Red Bull Plaza this winter. Live Web Cast presented by Snowboarder magazine Discounts on SEASON PASSES– Season Pass office open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Vendor Booth City open by 11 a.m.- offering games and tons of giveaways. BBQ on the 13,000 square foot...

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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...

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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 Monday night. The public is reminded to avoid crossing fast-flowing water either on foot or in a vehicle, and to watch out for falling rocks and debris along Highways 18, 330 and 38. A boulder on Highway 38 scraped open a vehicle’s oil pan Sunday morning, causing a minor oil spill and a traffic...

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