Big Bear Visitors Bureau
630 Bartlett Road
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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January 13, 2011
RESORT ASSOCIATION RE-BRANDS FOR STRONGER IDENTITY
Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) has fine-tuned its branding for more effectiveness in the marketplace. Today BBLRA President and CEO Rick Shoup revealed the organization’s new brand, including logo, slogan and brand imagery. Shoup announced the reason for re-branding is to increase awareness that Big Bear is a mountain getaway for outdoor recreation and a healthy lifestyle.


January 06, 2011
TAKE HWY 18 - ONLY 5 MILES DIFFERENCE
Motorists traveling to Big Bear Lake from San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, and other Los Angeles communities near Interstate 210 (I-210) are advised to use Hwy. 18 at Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino. According to Google Maps Hwy. 18 (through Crestline) is only five miles difference from the recently closed Hwy. 330 (through Highland).


December 29, 2010
THE ROAD TO FRESH POWDER
Today Big Bear Lake received a new blanket of snow just in time for the New Year’s holiday weekend. Three routes to Big Bear are open that include Hwy. 38 (through Redlands), Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne Valley) and Hwy. 18 (through Crestline).


November 08, 2010
RESERVE YOUR WHITE CHRISTMAS
Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) reported today its central reservations system is up 46 percent for advanced bookings for the upcoming holiday season. This is an indicator people are booking one or two months out, rather than last minute planning. Anyone who wants to experience a white Christmas close to home is advised to book now, especially to get the best choices for specific amenities.


October 26, 2010
BIG BEAR VACATION RENTAL ON TRIPADVISOR.COM TOP 10 BEST VIEWS
Big Bear Vacations property Dawson’s Peak has been named one of the top 10 vacation home rentals that features spectacular views in its natural surroundings according to TripAdvisor. Dawson’s Peak is one of 10 homes selected from more than 100,000 listed on TripAdvisor’s new list of America’s Best Vacation Rental Views. The list was hand-picked by TripAdvisor travelers and editors, and Dawson’s Peak was the only property in California to make the list. “Vacation rentals really shine when the surrounding landscape is the main attraction,” said Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor. “This list showcases rentals where their views rival the beauty of the homes themselves. With the recent addition of TripAdvisor’s photo view option for vacation rentals, we’ve made finding homes like these even easier for travelers.”


October 07, 2010
AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA NEWS
There are 481 incorporated cities and towns in California, making it a difficult task for organizers of the Amgen Tour of California to select only 15 host cities for the 2011 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race. This year Big Bear Lake was not selected due to logistical planning. Organizers of the race however affirm Big Bear is on their radar for a long-term partnership, and plan to return for future races.


September 01, 2010
"CREATURES OF THE NIGHTS" FLASHLIGHT SAFARIS
Ear piercing howls fill the night sky. Claws scamper and scurry through fallen leaves. A pair of glowing eyes stares directly into a beam from a flashlight. These are just some of the sights and sounds guests witness after dark at the Moonridge Animal Park’s Flashlight Safaris.


August 31, 2010
ENDURE THE BEAR
Big Bear can’t have a normal running race like other communities. Instead, Big Bear raises the bar with a race on forest trails, fire roads and a combination of single track and technical terrain. Endure the Bear set for Saturday, September 11 has four different trail runs at 5k, 15k, 30k and 50k that challenge runners of all levels to a race through the lush woods of the San Bernardino National Forest.


August 26, 2010
40TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST AGES GRACEFULLY
It was forty years ago when German immigrant Hans Bandows and his wife started a tradition in Big Bear Lake that mirrors Bavaria’s famed Oktoberfest. The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is still going strong after forty years, and like a fine red wine the event just gets better with age. This year, Mr. Bandows will once again shine as honorary Burgermeister (master of ceremonies) to celebrate the 40th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.


July 26, 2010
WAKE UP TO THE CABLE PARK AT BIG BEAR LAKE
Two 20 foot towers equipped with a cable pulley system now stand erect in Big Bear Lake to give wakeboarding a new lift! The Cable Park at Big Bear Lake, the first of its kind in Southern California, is now open. The two-tower tow system wakeboard park with 500 feet of cable allows wakeboarders of all skill levels to enjoy wakeboarding without any pressure. The main purpose of the cable park is to give anyone interested in the sport an opportunity to easily and quickly learn. The unique wakeboard cable park is much more affordable at $25 per hour compared to $150 per hour from behind a boat.


July 09, 2010
EXTREME JOY RIDE
Big Bear Lake now offers the only New Zealand style jet boat rides west of the Mississippi. Big Bear Lake’s newest attraction slings, dips, swings, twists and spins passengers for a 30-minute thrill ride.


June 06, 2010
FISHIN' FOR $50K RESULTS - THE $50,000 FISH THAT GOT AWAY
Cynthia Ybarra of Cerritos, Calif. and Stephen Ashton of Calimesa, Calif. each reeled in tagged trout at Big Bear Lake’s 2nd Annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby. Unfortunately, neither had the winning tag number for the grand prize of $50,000.


May 26, 2010
SIZE MATTERS
Participating anglers of the 2nd Annual Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby who don’t land the tagged trout worth $50,000 are still eligible for other cash prizes. Organizers of Fishin’ for $50K announced today anglers who catch the largest fish (by weight), during the two-day event June 5 and 6, will be awarded cash prizes in four different classes, adult male/female and child male/female (under age 16). Adult prizes for the largest trout caught are $500 cash, and kids win $200 savings bonds.


April 27, 2010
PRIVILEGES FOR TOUR RIDERS
When Stage 6 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race finishes in Big Bear Lake Friday, May 21, cycling fans who are signed up for the inaugural Tour de Big Bear will get certain privileges others do not. Race day perks for Tour de Big Bear participants include free V.I.P. parking on the race course, free bike valet service and a Glory Ride, which gives Tour de Big Bear participants a chance to ride through the official Amgen Tour of California finish line two hours before the actual professionals cross the finish line. Note: The Glory Ride is limited to the first 250 registrants, and early check-in by 11 a.m. Friday, May 21 is required.


April 26, 2010
FISHIN' FOR $50K
Imagine reeling in a fish worth $50,000! On June 5 and 6 Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby gives anglers the chance to do so. There are a total of ten tagged trout at the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth the big bucks. The angler who bags the grand prize tagged trout will win $50,000.


April 16, 2010
WORLD’S BEST CYCLING TEAMS AIM TO WIN 2010 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA’S MOST NOTABLE STAGE
One of the strongest and most talented fields ever assembled for a U.S. cycling race has been invited to the upcoming 2010 Amgen Tour of California. The 16-team field is comprised of the world’s best international professional cycling teams and a selection of top North American-based teams have there sights set to win Stage 6, which is the most challenging stage of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California eight-day event. The Queen Stage finishes in Big Bear Lake May 21, 2010.


April 14, 2010
QUEEN STAGE ROUTE FROM PALMDALE TO BIG BEAR
The City of Palmdale, in the Antelope Valley of Los Angeles, will serve as the host city and start location for the Stage 6 of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California, AEG, presenter of the eight-day cycling road race, announced today. The May 21 stage start had to be moved from Pasadena due to road closures on the Angeles Crest Highway caused by recent fires and subsequent mudslide damage to the route. The challenging Stage 6 finishes in Big Bear Lake.


April 07, 2010
STAGE 6 ROUTE START LOCATION CHANGES
Today AEG Sports released a statement that the 2010 Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 route will change due to severe road damage on Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy. 2) above La Cañada Flintridge. The stage will no longer start in Pasadena. However, the Stage 6 finish in Big Bear Lake will continue as planned, and will not be affected by the change. More information about the route change will be announced at a later date.


April 01, 2010
GETAWAY TO BIG BEAR - GET CASH BACK
The Big Bear Lake Resort Association has an incentive for budget-conscience travelers to break through recession woes and enjoy a rewarding vacation. Starting April 19, Big Bear’s overnight guests who book one or more nights receive a pre-paid Visa card to spend anywhere Visa cards are accepted.


March 25, 2010
THE GOODS FOR CYCLING FANS
Race fans of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California can now purchase official merchandise specifically designed for the Stage 6 route from Pasadena to Big Bear Lake, known as the Big Bear Climb. Specially created merchandise for this leg of the tour, which includes an exclusive Big Bear Climb emblem, gives cycling enthusiasts and casual fans commemorative souvenirs for the Amgen Tour of California’s first-ever mountain finish.


February 19, 2010
TOUR DE BIG BEAR
The 2010 Amgen Tour of California features its first ever mountaintop finish in Big Bear Lake Friday, May 21. On Saturday, May 22 cycling enthusiasts have the opportunity to ride portions of the same route professional cyclists raced on the day before at Big Bear Cycling’s inaugural Tour de Big Bear.


February 04, 2010
WINTER OLYMPICS FEVER - CATCH IT!
In one week Winter Olympics Fever will sweep the entire nation. Some signs and symptoms of someone who has the fever includes excessive watching of the Winter Olympics on TV, dirty dishes and garbage piling up around the couch and TV set, downloading the latest apps related to the Games on a smart phone, polishing old Little League trophies believing it’s made of real gold, scheduling only Winter Olympics events and highlights on TIVO, wearing a Shaun White wig around the house and trying to perfect the triple toe lutz in the laundry room.


January 21, 2010
CALM AFTER THE STORM - TAKE A BREAK
After a heavy down pouring of rain, flooding, waterspouts and mudslides, Southern California needs a break. Big Bear is the one place in Southern California where the storms create an opportunity for folks to escape the dreary weather and have some fun for a change. All roads leading into Big Bear are open, and Caltrans will continue to work around the clock to do their best keep the roads clear.


January 21, 2010
CALM AFTER THE STORM
After a heavy down pouring of rain, flooding, waterspouts and mudslides, Southern California needs a break. Big Bear is the one place in Southern California where the storms create an opportunity for folks to escape the dreary weather and have some fun for a change. All roads leading into Big Bear are open, and Caltrans will continue to work around the clock to do their best keep the roads clear.


January 20, 2010
SNOW-CONOMY
Mother Nature has a huge impact on Big Bear Lake’s economic state. When it rains in Southern California there is a great chance it snows in Big Bear. The nation is in a sluggish economy right now, however when it snows, Big Bear’s economic state changes from a slow economy to a “SNOW-CONOMY.” Big Bear locals often refer to snow as “white gold,” because this is the time when local business owners have the opportunity to increase revenues.


January 20, 2010
SNOW-CONOMY
Mother Nature has a huge impact on Big Bear Lake’s economic state. When it rains in Southern California there is a great chance it snows in Big Bear. The nation is in a sluggish economy right now, however when it snows, Big Bear’s economic state changes from a slow economy to a “SNOW-CONOMY.” Big Bear locals often refer to snow as “white gold,” because this is the time when local business owners have the opportunity to increase revenues.


January 05, 2010
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SNOW!
A snow covered forest floor, brisk fresh air and snowshoes are the essentials needed for a race in the snow. On Saturday, February 6 Big Bear sets the course with a 5K and 10K snowshoe race.


December 23, 2009
GOOD TIDINGS, TORCH LIGHTS & PACKED POWDER
Snow Summit's annual torchlight parade is Big Bear's signature New Year’s Eve event, a holiday attraction not seen anywhere else in Southern California! The mountain resort is only a two hour drive from most Southern California communities and is a great escape from the norm. Thursday, December 31 at 7 p.m. 250 skiers and snowboarders, some dressed in eccentric holiday costumes, will descend down snow capped mountains with lit torches to create a spectacular display of illumination. The free event can be seen from a range of vantage points throughout Big Bear.


December 10, 2009
BIG BEAR GETS EVEN COOLER WITH NEW ICE RINK
Ice Garden Skating Rink is the newest winter attraction in Big Bear Lake this winter. The 5,000 square foot outdoor ice rink located in the heart of Big Bear Village opens tomorrow Friday, December 11. It is the first ice rink in Big Bear Lake since Iceland closed its doors 3 decades ago, and the first outdoor ice rink since the Spalding Big Bear Woods Ice Rink disbanded in the 1930s.


November 19, 2009
SKI BARGAINS FOR THE WEEKEND WARRIOR
Weekends are now more affordable for skiers and snowboarders. For the first time ever Big Bear Lake Resort Association gives its guests an opportunity to save money on discounted room rates and lift tickets on the weekends.


October 07, 2009
HAIR RAISING FLICKS INVADE QUIET WOODSY TOWN
Secluded forests, peaceful lakes and woodsy cabins are frequently used in horror flicks to create spine-tingling backdrops that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. It only makes sense to have a horror film festival at a location where these natural surroundings exist. Big Bear Lake will host the inaugural Big Bear Horror Film Festival Friday, October 16 to Sunday, October 18 at the Performing Arts Center (PAC).


September 03, 2009
LOU DIAMOND PHILIPS HONORED AT FILM FESTIVAL
The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is pleased to announce Lou Diamond Phillips is the recipient for the 2009 Acting Award of Excellence. The award will be presented to Mr. Phillips at the 10th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (BBLIFF) Opening Night Gala on Friday, September 18, 2009. On Saturday, September 19 Phillips’ film “Courage Under Fire” will screen at 3:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Lou Diamond Phillips will answer questions from the audience immediately following the screening.


July 29, 2009
HIGH ALTITUDE PROVIDES IDEAL TRAINING GROUNDS FOR ATHLETES
High altitude breeds champions! World class athletes such as former World Boxing Association champions Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosely and 2008 Olympic marathon runner Ryan Hall get their competitive edge from high altitude training in Big Bear Lake. Both professional and amateur athletes who plan to compete in any athletic contest are encouraged to train in Big Bear Lake to get an extra advantage over competition.


July 23, 2009
THIS ONE'S ON THE HOUSE
One of the most attractive incentives in a down economy is to give something away for free! A stack of freebies awaits guests at Big Bear Lake to help keep vacation expenses to a minimum. Visitors can enjoy a variety of diversions at absolutely no cost including family movies on the big screen, live entertainment in the Village, lakeside barbeque dinners, thirty minute nature walks, screenings of independent films, a colorful parade on the main drag, a showcase of antique autos and a free day of fishing. In addition to all the great happenings in Big Bear this August and September are deep discounts on accommodations with some lodges offering free nights specials.


June 18, 2009
ZIP LINE TOURS
Zip lining is the latest vacation craze for thrill seekers, families and groups. Flying Bear Zip Lines located in Big Bear Lake is the first to offer zip line tours in Southern California. “Adventure seekers will no longer need to travel to faraway exotic places like Costa Rica or Hawaii to get a zip fix,” said Owner of Flying Bear Zip Lines Adam Bondeson.


May 15, 2009
RICK SHOUP NAMED CEO OF THE BIG BEAR LAKE RESORT ASSOCIATION
Joyce Reed, President of the Big Bear Lake Resort Association, announced today the appointment of Rick Shoup as the Resort Association’s new CEO. Shoup replaces Ken Brengle, who informed the Board of his resignation earlier this month. Brengle, who has an extensive background in Chamber of Commerce management, has accepted the position of CEO of the Torrance Chamber of Commerce.


May 04, 2009
MORTON PEAK FIRE LOOKOUT
The Morton Peak Fire Lookout located in the San Bernardino National Forest is truly a bona fide getaway. Guests who stay atop the remote 30-foot tower will find peace in knowing they are worlds apart from the daily grind of urban living. With spectacular views of the desert, inland valleys and mountains this secluded accommodation provides the ideal atmosphere for a romantic getaway, a personal retreat, or a family escape for up to four.


April 16, 2009
FISHING FOR BIG BUCKS
Imagine reeling in a fish worth $50,000! On May 30 and 31 Big Bear Lake’s Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby gives anglers the chance to do so. There are a total of ten tagged fish at the Fishin’ for $50K Trout Derby including one particular fish worth the big bucks. The angler who bags the grand prize tagged trout will win $50,000. The other nine tagged fish are worth cash prizes and variety of Big Bear lodging and adventure packages.


April 09, 2009
STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR VACATIONERS
Big Bear Lake has a stimulus package of its own. Free Visa Gift Cards provide overnight guests up to $100 in spending power. Guests booking five or more nights at a participating lodge receive a free $100 gift card, guests booking three or four nights receive a complimentary $50 gift card, or a free $25 gift card for guests booking one or two nights stay at a participating lodge. The gift card program begins April 20 and ends November 23, 2009.


March 25, 2009
LAUNCH RAMPS OPEN APRIL 1ST TO A BRIM FULL LAKE
Big Bear Lake is filling up fast after accumulating approximately 120 inches of natural snowfall this winter. On April 1 the freshwater lake will open its two public boat launch ramps for the season, which gives anglers ample opportunities to target and reel in “pink-meat holdover” rainbow trout and other freshwater species. Both boat launch ramps located on the North Shore will remain open through November.


March 11, 2009
BIG BEAR SPRINGS FOR WEEKEND DEALS
Skiers and snowboarders can now take advantage of midweek discounts on the weekends! Big Bear Lake Resort Association announced today that its Lift and Lodging Packages are now valid weekends starting Friday, March 20 until the end of the 2008/2009 ski season. Big Bear is experiencing the best natural snowfall in years, and Big Bear Mountain Resorts will continue operating well into April! Lift and lodging packages provide a 25 percent discount on both lift tickets and lodging accommodations per person, per night, with double occupancy, making it the ideal spring break getaway


January 14, 2009
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SNOW
A snow covered forest floor, brisk fresh air and snowshoes are the elements needed for a race in the snow. On Saturday, February 7 Big Bear sets the course with a 5K and 10K snowshoe race.


December 17, 2008
DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Dream no more! Big Bear Lake is making dreams come true with heaps of fresh natural snow. Two recent snowstorms have accumulated enough snow to create the perfect white Christmas in the mountains. In the last three days Big Bear has received more than three feet of snow and continues to experience heavy snowfall at the time of this release.


December 11, 2008
MAGIC CARPET MAKES SNOWPLAY A CINCH
Big Bear’s inner tube parks, Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play, are the only facilities in Southern California that have Magic Carpet uphill lifts. Each Magic Carpet ride is comprised of a large moving conveyor belt, similar to an airport terminal people-mover that transports riders to the top of snow-packed slopes. The purpose of Magic Carpet rides is to eliminate the stress of climbing the hill, which in turn provides more opportunity for having fun.


November 12, 2008
MIDWEEK LIFT AND LODGING
Big Bear Lake, Calif. November 12, 2008 – An affordable alternative for a winter getaway is at Big Bear Lake with Midweek Lift and Lodging Packages starting as low as $69 per person, per night, with double occupancy. Skiers and snowboard riders play on the slopes all day at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, and relax all night in the comforts of a cozy cabin or lodge.


September 15, 2008
LAS VEGAS INVASION
This summer Big Bear has noticed an increase in Nevada license plates. A likely factor is because the Big Bear Lake Resort Association (RA) stepped up its marketing efforts to reach more Las Vegas residents. The message was quite simple, escape the heat and cool off in Big Bear.


September 03, 2008
BIG BEAR MARATHON - 7000'
Saturday, September 6 more than 2,000 participants will compete in the inaugural Big Bear Marathon. The course that meanders around Big Bear Lake provides scenic beauty and quality air conditions that are gratifying for runners who typically run marathons in city environs. The course however, could be a real challenge at 7000’ with high altitude components runners need to consider.


September 02, 2008
TRAFFIC ADVISORY & COURSE MAP FOR BIG BEAR MARATHON


August 28, 2008
GHOST TOWN DEBUTS AT BIG BEAR LAKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival is pleased to announce its opening night film, “Ghost Town,” will make its national unveiling Friday, September 12 at 8:15 p.m. “Ghost Town” is a comedy starring Ricky Gervais who plays Bertram Pincus, a man who has the ability to see and talk to ghosts.


August 21, 2008
SPIRIT OF OLYMPICS ON AT BIG BEAR LAKE OKTOBERFEST
As the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China come to an end, the Oktoberfest games in Big Bear Lake, California begin! For seven consecutive weekends (September 13 to October 25) the 38th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest keeps the Olympics spirit alive with contests, matches and competitions.


July 17, 2008
OLYMPIAN GETS SEND OFF TO BEIJING
Local Big Bear resident Ryan Hall is favored to win a medal in the marathon event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. On Monday, August 4, 2008 the community of Big Bear will congregate together for a ceremonial pep rally to honor Ryan Hall and send him off with an encouraging farewell to the Olympics.


July 16, 2008
OLYMPIAN GETS SEND OFF TO BEIJING
Local Big Bear resident Ryan Hall is favored to win a medal in the marathon event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. On Monday, August 4, 2008 the community of Big Bear will congregate together for a ceremonial pep rally to honor Ryan Hall and send him off with an encouraging farewell to the Olympics.


June 04, 2008
HIGH ALTITUDE TRAINING
Big Bear Lake’s hometown hero Ryan Hall will represent the United States Olympic Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Mr. Hall is predicted to win an Olympic medal in the marathon, and is being hailed as America’s next great long distance running icon. He credits much of his success to high altitude training in Big Bear Lake. In fact, Hall is currently training in Big Bear to get ready for the 2008 Summer Olympics.


May 29, 2008
OLYMPIAN RYAN HALL ENDORSES BIG BEAR MARATHON EVENT
Ryan Hall, a local Big Bear resident, is favored to win a medal in the marathon event at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. The community of Big Bear is honored to have its local athlete represent the United States at the Olympics, and proud to announce Ryan Hall is the official ambassador for the Big Bear Marathon September 6, 2008.


May 14, 2008
ESCAPE THE SUMMER HEAT
There is a simple solution to get out of the heat. The solution is Big Bear Lake! Whether it’s a daytrip, weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation, Big Bear Lake is a cool spot that averages 78 degrees for daytime summer temps. At 7000’, the mountain resort is naturally 15 to 20 degrees cooler than most inland valleys and desert communities and on average 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. When temperatures shatter records this summer, folks need to know where to escape from the summer sizzle.


April 29, 2008
BIG BEAR MARATHON, INAUGURAL EVENT
All permits have been processed, a 26.2 miles course has been mapped out and registration is officially open for the inaugural Big Bear Marathon set for September 6, 2008. The Big Bear Marathon is the highest altitude race in California at 7000.’ Runners will enjoy a scenic course that meanders around Big Bear Lake with quality air conditions.


April 14, 2008
LATE BLOOMERS, BIG BEAR WILDFLOWERS
There are nearly 30 Big Bear Valley wildflowers endemic to the region not seen anywhere else in the world. Wildflowers such as Cushenberry Buckwheat, Big Bear Valley Phlox, Ash Grey Paintbrush, Parish’s Daisies, and Bear Valley Sandwort can be seen in the pebble plains and meadows throughout the valley. Big Bear’s lush pines and alpine ferns add a special attraction to the flower viewing experience.


April 10, 2008
WILD WEST STORYFEST EVENT
Stories educate, stories entertain and best of all stories bring people together. Big Bear’s inaugural Wild West Storyfest does just that, with published authors, professional storytellers, poets and stage performers. The western-themed event is Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 2008 at Big Bear Discovery Center. Big Bear’s Wild West Storyfest promotes literacy on two stages with continuous live entertainment, including book readings, poetry recitals, Wild West reenactments and writers workshops.


April 02, 2008
FREE $100 GAS CARD
As gas prices continue to sky rocket, vacation planners will seek gas-saving alternatives. This year for the first time Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) offers a free $100 gas card for guests booking five or more nights at a participating lodge, or a free $50 gas card for guests booking a three or four nights stay at a participating lodge.


February 28, 2008
BIG BEAR'S NEW HOSTEL
Big Bear Hostel is now open! The hostel is Big Bear Lake’s newest accommodation that brings a European spirit to the mountain resort. It offers communal-style lodging, a fun atmosphere, and is easy on the pocketbook with rates starting as low as $22 per person, per night.


December 13, 2007
SNOWSHOE TOURS
Big Bear Lake Discovery Center announced today it will begin its snowshoe tours a week earlier than scheduled due to the recent snow storm combined with chilly nights that have kept the snow intact. The first snowshoe tour is Sunday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.


December 12, 2007
STAYING FIT IN THE SNOW
One of Big Bear Lake’s best outlets for exercise is its miles and miles of snow. Every winter Big Bear Lake sets the stage for recreation and relaxation. However, guests who want to keep in shape while on vacation choose snowshoeing as a means to achieve fitness desires.


November 19, 2007
BIG BEAR SNOWPLAY IMPROVEMENTS
Big Bear Snow Play has installed a second Magic Carpet Ride this season to double its uphill transportation capacity. The reason for the new inner tube lift is to reduce lines so guests can spend more time tubing and less time in line. The new lift is 210 feet long, the same length as the existing lift, and allows Big Bear Snow Play to open additional runs for the 2007-08 season.


November 15, 2007
JIBS AND JUMPS MADE EASY
Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR), both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, now offer classes for advanced beginner and intermediate snowboard riders to learn basic freestyle techniques on its jibs and jumps. The Intro to Park classes, headed by qualified instructors, teaches riders safety precautions and correct ways to use beginner features such as approach and finish techniques.


September 25, 2007
SKIING AND RIDING MADE EASY...
The best way to save money this winter on skiing and snowboarding is Big Bear Lake’s “Midweek Ski & Ride Packages,” which start at $69 per person, per night with minimum double occupancy. Midweek visitors can save up to 27 percent on their favorite winter sport and lodging accommodations. In addition to saving money and travel time, guests take advantages of wide open slopes and a more relaxed atmosphere. Guests can book their packages online at bigbear.com or call a live reservation agent at 800-4-BIG BEAR (800-424-4232).


September 25, 2007
MIDWEEK SKI PACKAGES
The best way to save money this winter on skiing and snowboarding is Big Bear Lake’s “Midweek Ski & Ride Packages,” which start at $69 per person, per night with minimum double occupancy. Midweek visitors can save up to 27 percent on their favorite winter sport and lodging accommodations. In addition to saving money and travel time, guests take advantages of wide open slopes and a more relaxed atmosphere. Guests can book their packages online at bigbear.com or call a live reservation agent at 800-4-BIG BEAR (800-424-4232).


September 14, 2007
FOLLOW THE YELLOW "LEAF" ROAD
From October to November, a variety of trees in Big Bear Lake and its surrounding area transform from flourishing greens to spectacular hues of golds, ambers and yellows. The most spectacular spot to see fall colors in the Big Bear area is The Aspen Grove.


August 17, 2007
BIG BEAR LAKE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Big Bear Lake defines outdoor recreation, which is why organizers of the 8th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival have added a sidebar showcase dedicated exclusively to mountain activities and outdoor sports. The special sidebar highlights films that directly relate to some of Big Bear’s recreational activities, such as snowboarding and mountain biking. It also showcases more intense sports such as running up a volcano in Africa and BASE jumping from a rocky ledge with a parachute.


August 07, 2007
OKTOBERFEST
It was 37 years ago when German immigrant Hans Bandows and his wife started a tradition of good times in Big Bear Lake. This year, Mr. Bandows will once again shine as honorary Burgermeister (master of ceremonies) at the 37th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. For seven consecutive weekends, Saturday, September 15 to Saturday, October 27, Bandows will lead thousands of people in traditional Bavarian songs and polka dances, as well as games and contests such as the log sawing competition and queen stein carrying contest.


July 24, 2007
FILM FESTIVAL - TAKE IT OUTSIDE
The Big Bear Renaissance Faire is proud to announce jousting tournaments are back after a year layoff. The Imperial Knights provide a bone-crunching, no holds barred competition that is 100 percent authentic, which means no scripts and no preplanned winner. Each knight is out to win, and spectators should expect to see a contest with full-blown body contact.


July 10, 2007
ESCAPE THE SUMMER HEAT
There is a simple solution to get out of the heat. The solution is Big Bear Lake! Whether it’s a daytrip, weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation, Big Bear Lake is a cool spot that averages 78 degrees for daytime summer temps. At 7000’, the mountain resort is naturally 15 to 20 degrees cooler than most inland valleys and desert communities and on average 20 to 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. When temperatures shatter records this summer, folks need to know where to escape from the summer sizzle.


June 20, 2007
MORTON PEAK FIRE LOOKOUT REOPENS
The Morton Peak Fire Lookout has reopened to the public for overnight stays, after being closed down for eight months. The fire lookout was officially closed down for overnight trips due to the Esperanza fire that occurred October 26, 2006 – November 1, 2006.


June 15, 2007
4TH OF JULY 2007
A Fourth of July on a Wednesday is a great excuse to take a couple extra days off from work, especially if it’s at a destination that offers one of the top 5 firework displays in California. Big Bear Lake not only provides a spectacular firework show, but is also home to miles of recreation opportunities and a cool refuge from the heat!


June 14, 2007
PARASAIL FOR KIDS
Through the combined efforts of Big Bear Parasail, Pine Knot Landing and the Big Bear Municipal Water District (MWD), the minimum age for parasailing in Big Bear Lake has been lowered from 18 years old to seven years old. The new regulations are due in part to Big Bear Parasail meeting all of the requirements for membership in the Professional Association of Parasail Operators (PAPO), the governing authority that regulates the parasailing industry. In addition to passing all of PAPO’s guidelines, MWD Lake Manager Mike Stephenson recommended to the MWD Board of Directors to reduce the age limit, citing Big Bear Parasail's excellent safety record of over 10,000 accident free flights since 1994.


June 07, 2007
JAZZTRAX
It’s the natural outdoor amphitheater at Snow Summit Mountain Resort that sets Big Bear Lake’s jazz festival apart from other music festivals in Southern California. Big Bear Lake starts the summer off right with its 3rd Annual JazzTrax Summer Music Festival (JazzTrax) Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24. Festival-goers appreciate the festival’s natural backdrop displays of majestic mountain vistas, clear skies and a flattering deep blue lake.


May 25, 2007
MORTON PEAK FIRE LOOKOUT REOPENS
The Morton Peak Fire Lookout has reopened to the public for overnight stays, after being closed down for seven months. The fire lookout was officially closed down for overnight trips due to the Esperanza fire that occurred October 26, 2006 – November 1, 2006.


May 23, 2007
$2 MILLION MARK
The Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) is pleased to announce its central reservations center has reached $2 million in sales during its fiscal year from July 1, 2006 to present. It is a new record for sales. The previous mark for sales was $1.7 million set in 2006.


May 21, 2007
ESCAPE THE JUNE GLOOM
It’s that time again in Southern California when the grey clouds creep up from the coast and just lay there. The dreary clouds tend to block out the sunshine for most of the days in June. Big Bear Lake is the antidote for Southern California residents and out of town visitors who wish to escape the doldrums of the “June Gloom” syndrome. At 7000’ Big Bear is high above the marine layers that cause the dull atmosphere. In fact, Big Bear was virtually cloud free in June 2006 with 27 days of clear skies.


May 07, 2007
PIRATE FAIRE
Avast ye! A savage band of pirates are on a mission to invade Big Bear Lake June 2 and 3, 2007 at the 2nd Annual Big Bear Pirate Faire. Big Bear’s own privateers must defend their booty in live action battles and hold off the invading group of fierce pirates. Each day of the faire at approximately 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ship-to-shore live action battles will take place with pirates firing off cannons, flintlock pistols and muskets at each other.


April 24, 2007
FREE $25 GAS CARD
Big Bear is a close getaway that is away from it all! It’s an easy two hour drive from most Southern California communities, a three hour drive from Las Vegas and it only costs a tank of gas to get there. This spring Big Bear visitors won’t even need to fret about the cost of fuel because Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) will give visitors who stay at a participating lodge a free $25 gas card.


April 05, 2007
WHERE TO EAT, SHOP & PLAY
The Big Bear Lake Resort Association debuts its new guide book titled, “Where to Eat, Shop and Play.” The guide is packed with viable information about Big Bear’s diverse amenities and attractions. It divides into seven categories that include, dining, shopping, recreation, massage service/day spas, events, specialty services and real estate. The 88-page, four-color glossy piece gives a brief description of each business, including services, menus, rates, hours of operation, location and contact information. The guide has a map of Big Bear Valley to make it more convenient for the guest to find desired locations.


March 19, 2007
FISHING IN BIG BEAR
Springtime in Big Bear Lake means lots of hungry rainbow trout. The water level remains high and the fishing is ready to explode! This year, Big Bear Municipal Water District officials anticipate one of the best fishing seasons ever. Not only is the lake full, but the lake is thriving with thousands of rainbow trout. In fact, the alpine lake is famous for its “pink-meat holdovers.”


March 19, 2007
MOUNTAIN BIKING 2007
Spring through autumn, mountain bikers from around the globe come to Big Bear Valley to experience a sport created for the mountains! This world-class mountain biking region has more than one hundred miles of trails and Forest Service roads to satisfy bikers of all ages and skill levels.


March 19, 2007
WILDFLOWERS 2007
There are nearly 30 Big Bear Valley wildflowers endemic to the region not seen anywhere else in the world. Wildflowers such as Cushenberry Buckwheat, Big Bear Valley Phlox, Ash Grey Paintbrush, Parish’s Daisies, and Bear Valley Sandwort can be seen in the pebble plains and meadows throughout the valley. Big Bear’s lush pines and alpine ferns add a special attraction to the flower viewing experience.


February 28, 2007
SPRING BREAK 2007
A typical dilemma during spring break is students want to have a good time, yet they don’t want to spend all of their hard-earned dollars. Big Bear Lake Resort Association understands this dilemma and offers students the best of both worlds, good times and great bargains! Big Bear’s Midweek Ski & Ride Packages start as low as $69 per person, per night based on double occupancy. This is quite a deal considering regular season chairlift rates are $49 per person, per day.


January 30, 2007
TRAVEL INSURANCE
Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) now offers travel insurance, giving Big Bear vacationers an opportunity to travel to Big Bear worry free! The travel insurance provides protection for guests who need to cancel or interrupt their trip due to unforeseen circumstances.


January 18, 2007
VALENTINES 2007
Woo that special someone this Valentines Day where the atmosphere overwhelms with winter tranquility. Enjoy white-mountain tops, the fresh scent of pine trees, candlelit dining, soothing Swedish massages for two, a chairlift ride to the top of Snow Summit snuggled close together and cozy accommodations with wood burning fire places and in-room spas surrounded by candles.


December 27, 2006
NEW YEARS 06/07
Snow Summit’s annual torchlight parade is Big Bear’s signature New Year’s Eve event, a holiday attraction not seen anywhere else in Southern California! The mountain resort is only a two hour drive from most Southern California communities and is a great escape from the ordinary. Sunday, December 31 at 7 p.m. 250 skiers and snowboarders will descend down the mountain with lit torches to create a spectacular display of illumination. This year Dick Kun, president of Big Bear Mountain Resorts will lead the parade dressed as a snowflake to celebrate the snow in Big Bear.


December 12, 2006
BIG BEAR SNOWPLAY EXPANSION
Big Bear Snow Play is expanding this season. The first phase of two phases is now finished. The expansion is a new 1,980 sq. ft. heated base lodge complete with restrooms, a snack bar and a two acre paved parking lot just in time for the 2006-2007 season. The lodge will give guests a comfortable place to relax before, after and during inner tubing sessions. This season the lodge will serve guests, hot chocolate, coffee and light snacks.


December 01, 2006
EAGLES BACK ON TOUR
The Eagles have returned to their “Hotel California” in Big Bear Lake. However, it’s not Don Henley or Glen Frey from the legendary rock band who has returned, but Big Bear’s celebrated wintering bald eagles are back on tour from Saturday, December 23, 2006 through Saturday, March 10, 2007. Big Bear Discovery Center hosts the tours that give visitors an opportunity to witness one of nature’s most entertaining experiences in the “front row.”


November 30, 2006
MAGIC CARPET RIDE UPGRADE
Big Bear Snow Play and Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain are covering its Magic Carpet rides with clear Plexiglas tunnels for the 2006-2007 season. The upgrade will keep falling snow and elements off guests during the winter months, which enhances the inner tubing experience for the whole family. Both parks are now open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is also open for night sessions Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Not only will the enclosed tunnels come in handy during storms, but riders will also see the benefit for night sessions, too.


November 27, 2006
WINTER ACTIVITIES 2006
Big Bear Lake is home to Southern California’s two premier ski resorts. Snow Summit is the place for everyday skiers and riders in search of a friendly laid back winter playground. “The Park” at Bear Mountain known as an “All Mountain Terrain Freestyle Park” attracts every level from first-time snowboarders and skiers to freestyle enthusiasts. It is the only mountain resort in the United States devoted almost entirely to a freestyle terrain. Both resorts set itself apart from other Southern California’s ski areas because of their quality snowmaking and slope grooming. For reservations call 909.866.5841.


November 09, 2006
MIDWEEK SKI PACKAGES
Now is the time to plan and save for winter vacations in Big Bear Lake, Southern California’s premier ski and snowboard destination. This year, for the first time, guests can book their packages online at www.bigbear.com. Skiers and Snowboarders save 18 to 26 percent on both skiing and lodging with “Midweek Ski & Ride Packages.” Two night package deals start at $69 per person, per night, with minimum double occupancy.


November 03, 2006
ROMANCE
Big Bear Lake is the quintessential getaway for lovers. The scenery in this spectacular alpine valley creates an ideal atmosphere for romance, plus Big Bear has an abundance of amenities and attractions to woo that special someone.


October 13, 2006
SNOWSHOE TOURS
Big Bear Lake Discovery Center announced today it will offer snowshoe tours this winter starting Sunday, December 24, 2006 (depending on snowfall). The tours offer guests an opportunity to experience Big Bear’s scenic winter landscapes without a lift ticket. Big Bear Discovery Center snowshoe tours are suitable for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts.


October 05, 2006
SNOWMAKING IMPROVEMENTS
For the upcoming 2006/2007 winter season, Big Bear Mountain Resorts, (Snow Summit and Bear Mountain), continue to make improvements in order to provide guests with the best winter resort experience possible. Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) has spent more than six million dollars this year to advance its snowmaking capabilities, which will benefit guests by providing more reliable snow conditions as well as enhance the snow quality each and every day of the skiing and snowboarding season. BBMR makes snow at every opportunity, and with the addition of over 40 Super Wizzard snow guns this season, more terrain can be opened sooner even if there is a lack of natural snowfall.


September 13, 2006
FALL COLORS IN BIG BEAR
Southern California is well known for its climate and weather. One thing for certain is there are only a few select places to experience a real autumn season in Southern California. From mid October to early November, Mother Nature transforms Big Bear Lake into a sea of gold, crimson, amber and yellow. Big Bear’s fall season is ideal for those who want to escape for a day or take a mini-vacation to experience the splendor of Big Bear’s autumn hues.


September 08, 2006
TROUTFEST
Anglers can now get paid for doing what they love, with a little luck of course. The 2nd Annual Big Bear Lake Troutfest offers participants a variety of ways to win cash and prizes from tagged fish to classification awards to a horde of raffle prizes. The Big Bear Lake Troutfest is Saturday, October 7 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two day event is open to all ages and skill levels. Anglers can fish from shore, boat, canoe, kayak or float tube.


September 08, 2006
WIRELESS VISITOR CENTER
Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) announced today that its parking lot at 630 Bartlett Road in the Big Bear Village is now equipped for wireless Internet access. BBLRA installed the wireless equipment as a convenience for Big Bear visitors who travel with laptops.


August 22, 2006
OKTOBERFEST - DEUTSCHLAND
It’s not Deutschland per se, but Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is as close as it gets to the real thing in Southern California. The 36th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, which was founded by German immigrants, delivers authentic German traditions for seven consecutive weekends from Saturday, September 16 to Saturday, October 28. At 7000 feet, The Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is the highest altitude Oktoberfest in the United States. The festival grounds are surrounded by national forest, which gives it an authentic Bavarian touch.


August 22, 2006
SKI & RIDE CLASSES
For the upcoming 2006/2007 winter season, Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) continues to make improvements in order to provide guests with the best winter resort experience possible. BBMR has spent more than six million dollars this year to advance its snowmaking capabilities, which will benefit guests by providing more reliable snow conditions as well as enhance the snow quality each and every day of the skiing and snowboarding season. BBMR makes snow at every opportunity, and with the addition of over 40 Super Wizzard snow guns this season, more terrain can be opened sooner even if there is a lack of natural snowfall.


August 08, 2006
HERITAGE DAYS
Bear Valley Heritage Days is Big Bear Lake’s hottest new event that combines Big Bear’s colorful cowboy heritage with today’s country & western heroes. The four day event is loaded with activities including, a concert featuring Grammy award-winning artist Rodney Crowell, a mounted shooting showdown, a casino night of gaming favorites like Texas hold‘em, craps and black jack, a team penning and sorting exhibition and a merchant’s day with a wide assortment of goods. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 to Sunday, September 3 at two locations, The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake (August 30, September 1 & 3) and the Los Vaqueros Arena (September 2 & 3).


August 07, 2006
FAMILY FRIENDLY END OF SUMMER
Big Bear Lake offers families a chance to get in one last hurrah this summer before the kids are back in school. There are an abundance of things for kids to do in Big Bear Lake. Families who spend time together in the great outdoors create memories that will last a lifetime. The resort town is an easy two hour drive from most Southern California communities and only three and a half hours from Las Vegas. Families looking for a cool getaway before summer’s end make Big Bear Lake their choice.


August 03, 2006
RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Organizers of the fifth annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire will introduce “Human Chess” to its guests for the first time this year. The interactive game gives festival goers a chance to participate as actual game pieces on the chess board.


July 06, 2006
COWBOY POETRY & MUSIC GATHERING
Big Bear Lake was once a prominent cattle range in the late 1800’s to the mid 1950’s. In the days of yore, wranglers and cowboys rode the alpine terrain to round up cattle during the daytime and gathered round the campfire at night to tell stories and sing songs. Today, the sagas of cowboy traditions live on at the annual Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering July 20-23, 2006 in Big Bear Lake.


June 25, 2006
AUGUST EVENTS SIZZLE IN AUGUST
Big Bear is jam-packed with entertainment, special events and excitement this August. Big Bear’s cool alpine environment provides the ideal backdrop for a variety of diversions including an old fashioned parade, an outdoor concert series, mounted shooting showdown, festivals, a fine art show and a classic car exhibit.


June 19, 2006
AVOID THE HEAT
The heat continues to smother Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Why stay in the heat if it could be avoided? Big Bear Lake is only a short drive away from the grueling summer temperatures. Whether it’s a daytrip, weekend getaway or a weeklong vacation, Big Bear Lake is a cool spot that averages 77 degrees for daytime summer temps. At 7000’, the mountain resort is naturally 15 to 20 degrees cooler than most inland valleys and desert communities and on average 20-30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Nev. and Phoenix, Ariz. When temperatures shatter records this summer, folks need to know where to escape from the summer squelch.


June 12, 2006
BIG BEAR'S INFORMATION CENTER
Big Bear Lake is the proud host of Troutfest, scheduled for October 7 and 8, 2006. Fishermen and their guests can now get the most up-to-date information about Big Bear Valley 24 hours a day, seven days a week by logging onto www.bigbear.com. The website is designed to answer most questions related to Big Bear Valley. In addition to the informative website, vacation specialists are available at 800.4.BIG.BEAR (800-424-4232) to answer inquiries and take reservations from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.


June 02, 2006
4TH OF JULY
Big Bear Lake will once again be the site of one of the top 5 firework displays in California. This year Big Bear Lake officials will shoot an original fireworks shell that is new to the industry and rather rare. The fancy shell does tricks in flight on the way up, at point of explosion and on the way down after explosion. This shell and more than 2,000 other firework shells will delight over 120,000 spectators this Fourth of July in Big Bear Lake.


May 30, 2006
MORTON PEAK FIRE LOOKOUT
The term getaway has a new meaning. It’s called The Morton Peak Fire Lookout located in the San Bernardino National Forest, and it truly is a bona fide getaway. Guests who stay atop the remote 30-foot tower will find peace in knowing they are worlds apart from the daily grind of urban living. With spectacular views of the desert, inland valleys and mountains this secluded accommodation provides the ideal atmosphere for a romantic getaway, a personal retreat, or a family escape for up to four. The Morton Peak Fire Lookout is now available for reservations all year long. This private, one-of-a-kind experience is available for $75 per night midweek or $85 weekends and holidays. The only way to reserve a stay at the lookout is to call 800-4-BIG-BEAR (800-424-4232) or online at www.bigbear.com.


May 12, 2006
GAS CARD (BREAK AT THE PUMPS)
Let’s face it Big Bear is a close getaway that is away from it all! It’s an easy two hour drive from most Southern California communities, a three hour drive from Las Vegas and it only costs a tank of gas to get there. This spring Big Bear visitors won’t even need to fret about the cost of fuel because Big Bear Lake Resort Association (BBLRA) will give visitors who stay a participating lodge a free $25 gas card.


May 11, 2006
PIRATE FAIRE
There is a buried treasure in Big Bear Lake, and the public is invited to try to find it Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 at the inaugural Big Bear Pirate Faire. Captain John’s Harbor in Fawnskin will transform into a 17th Century buccaneer village with vittles hot off the grill, grog ale, pirate swag , four stages of lively entertainment, a ship-to-shore live action battle and a reenactment of the famous Mary Read and Ann Bonny trial. General Admission to the faire is $15 adults, $12 children 6-12, $12 seniors and military with ID.


May 09, 2006
LAKE FULL TO THE EDGE
The water level at Big Bear Lake has increased to the edge! The lake is only five inches from reaching its full capacity. Mother Nature’s late winter surge has helped the lake reach its highest level in eight years. Big Bear Dam, which is the deepest point of the lake, is currently at 71’11” and the entire lake’s current storage capacity is 72,064 acre feet.


May 04, 2006
WILDFLOWERS EXCLUSIVE
There are nearly 30 Big Bear Valley wildflowers endemic to the region not seen anywhere else in the world. Wildflowers such as Cushenberry Buckwheat, Big Bear Valley Phlox, Ash Grey Paintbrush, Parish’s Daisies, and Bear Valley Sandwort can be seen in the pebble plains and meadows throughout the valley. Big Bear’s lush pines and alpine ferns add a special attraction to the flower viewing experience. (Media Note: see attached fact sheet).


April 25, 2006
JAZZTRAX
The second annual JazzTrax Summer Music Festival in Big Bear Lake is the only music festival in Southern California where its attendees ride a ski lift to the concert grounds. The festival, only in its second year, has already grown from a one day event to a three day event and takes place at two venues this year. The festival draws top name acts and Big Bear is the ideal retreat from Southern California’s infamous “June Gloom.” Big Bear was virtually cloud free in June 2005 with 27 days of clear skies. The festival is Father’s Day Weekend Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18.


April 10, 2006
TEA TOUR 2006
Critters of The Moonridge Animal Park enjoy tea, and it’s not for the pleasure of the savory taste or the aroma of flavors, such as mint or apple spice. The critters enjoy tea because all proceeds from the Bed & Breakfast Spring Tea Tour go directly to the Friends of the Moonridge Zoo, a voluntary non-profit organization that raises money for the zoo.


April 06, 2006
CINCO DE MAYO FIESTA
¡Arriba! ¡Arriba! Big Bear Lake Resort Association is thrilled to announce an unprecedented special offer for guests who visit Big Bear during Cinco de Mayo weekend, May 5-7, 2006. The “Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Weekend Packages” include two nights of lodging, two 2-day passes to the third annual Bear Valley Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, $25 Arco gas card, and $25 gift certificate to Sonora Cantina Restaurant. The packages start as low as $77 per person, based on double occupancy and valid Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7.


March 14, 2006
SPRING BREAK 2006
This Spring Break students need to escape the doldrums of study halls and libraries and go to a place where adventure and excitement thrive! Big Bear Lake, Southern California’s ideal Spring Break getaway, replaces boring text books, term papers, quizzes and tests with adrenaline-pumping freestyle and slopestyle action at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resorts.


March 13, 2006
FOUR PLAY PACKAGES
Big Bear Lake Resort Association announced today a new ski and lodging package that is certain to entice folks to play and stay in Big Bear this spring. The “FOUR PLAY” Lodging Packages are just in time for great ski and ride conditions Mother Nature delivered this past weekend. “FOUR PLAY” Lodging Packages include four days of skiing and four nights of lodging starting as low as $211 per person. That is less than $53 per person per night, based on double occupancy, which is quite a bargain considering regular season chairlift rates are $49 per person, per day. The packages are good all days and good through April 23, 2006.


February 14, 2006
WINTER OLYMPICS FEVER
The Winter Olympics can be contagious, but there is a remedy at 7000’ in the San Bernardino National Forest. Big Bear Lake is the cure for Winter Olympics “Fever!” The resort town is a quick fix for those who want to experience the Winter Olympics firsthand, but are not able to get tickets to the games, or don’t have the time or money to travel to Torino, Italy. Big Bear Lake is Southern California’ premier winter playground with two ski resorts, two inner tube parks, an alpine-slide toboggan run and miles of backcountry terrain for cross-country sports. Torino is approximately 6,010 miles from Los Angeles, but Big Bear Lake is only 100 miles from LA and a short two-hour drive from most Southland cities.


January 24, 2006
VALENTINES DAY SIZZLES
Valentines Day is smack in the middle of winter! What better way for lovers to spend the holiday together than in an authentic winter environment? Big Bear Lake serves the ideal setting for a romantic winter getaway with two top-notch ski resorts, fine dining, certified massage specialists, comfy accommodations and a variety of specials designed to woo that special someone. Big Bear Lake temperatures might be in the 20s or 30s on this special occasion, but it sizzles with red-hot passion.


January 23, 2006
ALPENHORN FOUR DIAMOND
San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States, yet there is only one four diamond lodging establishment in this colossal-sized county. For the sixth straight year Alpenhorn Bed & Breakfast has earned the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond Award from to the Automobile Club of Southern California.


November 30, 1999
Olympian Gets Send Off to Beijing
Local Big Bear resident Ryan Hall is favored to win a medal in the marathon event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. On Monday, August 4, 2008 the community of Big Bear will congregate together for a ceremonial pep rally to honor Ryan Hall and send him off with an encouraging farewell to the Olympics.


November 30, 1999
Las Vegas Invasion
This summer Big Bear has noticed an increase in Nevada license plates. A likely factor is because the Big Bear Lake Resort Association (RA) stepped up its marketing efforts to reach more Las Vegas residents. The message was quite simple, escape the heat and cool off in Big Bear.





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