Page 4—March 2018 Olympians star at Supergirl Snow Pro Elite female riders at Bear Mountain for 2 days of competition, Pro-Am, concerts...all free! ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ T○ he chance to compete with top female pro snowboarders like Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis, just back from the PyeongChang Games, Hannah Teter and others. Not one but four concerts on the deck plus festival village. And all of it free! Toyota Supergirl Snow Pro moves to its new location at Bear Mountain March 17-18, easily the biggest on-snow local event in years. Previously held at Breckenridge, it’s one of the first major post-2018 Olympic events and the World Cup worthy cash purse is expected to draw many top ranked snowboarders. Yet Supergirl Snow Pro, held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, aspires to do more than just showcase the top female snowboarders. Over 100 ladies will get to participate too during pro-am snowboardcross and halfpipe competitions as they get to ride side-byside with the world’s best. Registration is free ($20 reservation deposit is refunded at the event, register online at SupergirlSnowPro.com) and the idea is for pros to mentor, nurture and encourage the next generation of snowboarding pros. Jacobellis (story page 2) leads Saturday’s snowboardcross event featur- ing four divisions with pros plus ages 8- 11, 12-15 and 16 and over. And there’s no one better to learn the tricks of the trade from; she finished fourth in PyeongChang, a mere .03 seconds from bronze, and is a 10-time X-Games gold medalist. On Sunday it’s halfpipe for the pros along with divisions for age 10-15 and 16 and over. Hosted by three-time Olympian Teter, who won gold at the 2006 Torino Games and silver in Vancouver in 2010 and is an eight-time World Cup medalist. “Yes the racers will put on a show but we’ll not have any coaches around,” Jacobellis said in an interview right after the Olympics. “But we’ll also ride the mountain while the girls tag along and interact with us. It’s a family-friendly, teamoriented environment with top U.S. pros. “It’s incredibly important to lay the foundation for the future of women’s snowboarding, and this event does an amazing job of empowering women and putting pros and amateurs together in a unique environment so that we can pass along our experiences to the next generation,” Jacobellis said. Even if you’re not competing, there’s a lot happening at Supergirl Snow Pro. Two concerts each day in the afternoon feature top talent on stage. At the Festival Village there’s fitness and yoga classes, female DJs, workshops, autographs, giveaways, sponsor booths and more. Recent snow and aggressive snowmaking has made for the best conditions of the season just in time for Supergirl Snow Pro, with Southern California’s only halfpipe in prime condition. “I’d love for girls to make new friends at Supergirl, maybe international ones at that,” Jacobellis said. “And to find their love of sport, this one or others. And to develop the confidence that they can accomplish anything in life.” This is the first event of the 2018 Supergirl Pro Series, now in its 12 year, the only large-scale, all-female action sports competition series. Over 250 top women athletes from around the globe will Festival Village with two days of lifestyle expo, concerts, more! Park is prime too... What began out of tragedy and evolved over two decades into the Southland’s premier ski race returns to Snow Summit on March 10. Victor Alvarez Memorial Ski Race attracts top competitors from around the state, partly because of the $2,000 cash purse but also to pay respects to Alvarez, who was well known in the California ski industry after working at Summit and Bear Mountain as well as Mammoth. First place takes home $400, with payouts to 16th place for men, 8th for women. Top skiers put on a great show on the Widowmaker race course as they compete in head-to-head giant slalom racing down a pro-style course (no pro bump). Each racer gets two timed runs. The “Village Championship” format begins with morning qualifying runs as the men’s field is trimmed to 32, ladies 16, followed by afternoon elimination races as winners advance to the next heat and losers go ski. It’s a great show that’s free to watch from the base area. People still talk about watching Olympian and World Championship bronze medalist John Teller from Mammoth Lakes take first several years ago as he charged past Tahoe’s and Big Bear’s best with a dazzling display through the gates at the Jim Bollingmo Finish Arena. See it all from the base area, where there’s also a terrific silent auction in SoCal Marketplace from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Just as important, the race in its 22nd year has grown into an important fundraiser for the Snow Summit Race Big Bear Today Supergirl Snow Pro comes to Bear Mountain for the first time March 17-18 with snowboardcross and halfpipe events, Pro-Am, concerts and more compete in the events. Past participants include Jamie Anderson, Gretchen Bleiler, Christy Prior, Kjersti Buaas, Sarka Pancochova and others, so expect the sport’s biggest names to show up including most of the U.S. Olympic team from PyeongChang. The lineup is expected to include some 26 elite pros plus still more top amateurs. February’s natural snow plus the best snowmaking conditions of the season—finally—are making for some real March madness on the slopes as skiers and snowboarders scramble to get their turns in. At press time there’s 30-plus open runs between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain with over 120 jibs and jumps. All of which makes for great Spring Break skiing and riding that should continue through March, maybe even to Easter Sunday. “Bear Break” is a week-long bash with fun in the sun at Bear Mountain March 24-April 1. Look for events like pond skimming, great product demos and giveaways, and music on the deck that may even include big-name concert acts, so check bigbeartodaymag.com for updates. Call (844) GO-2-BEAR. Alvarez race back with cash purse, fun Team. Development and race team members along with masters and adventurous skiers from the public compete in a fun, family-friendly fundraiser. The $80 entry fee ($50 ages 15 and under) includes lift ticket–worth the price of admission in itself—plus T-shirt, goodie bag and race fees. Season pass holders save $10. Register from 8-9:30 a.m. in the race room in Tyndall House above ski patrol before qualifying races start at 10. The terrific silent auction is worth checking out even if you don’t race. There’s always a great selection of items to bid on including ski and snowboard gear, destination getaways, gift baskets, sports tickets and memorabilia and much more. The auction is open to the non-racing public as well so come on up and get some great deals. Alvarez’s passion was skiing so the event is a fitting way to pay homage to the late instructor who died in 1997. He was just skiing a flat section carrying gear to set up for the next day’s Pro Ski Tour event when he somehow slid off the side and sustained severe head trauma. A helicopter landed at Snow Summit to take Victor on his final ride, to Loma Linda hospital where he was pronounced dead. A few weeks after he passed, family and friends got together for the first ski race, which became an annual tradition though tough snow conditions have led tosome postponements. Call (909) 378-0525.
Big Bear Today March 2018—Page 5 `Freezin’ for reason’ at Polar Plunge All around beautiful Big Bear Lake in winter, there are posted signs warning folks to stay off it. So why are people suddenly encouraged to go jump into the water off Veterans Park Saturday, March 3? It’s “Freezin’ for a Reason,” the 6th annual Polar Plunge into Big Bear Lake. Brazen swimmers have a “License to Chill” as they run, walk or dance into water temperatures dipping into the 30’s at Veteran’s Park to raise money for Inland Empire Region’s Special Olympics of Southern California. Big Bear’s event has become one of the region’s largest and most popular, last year attracting hundreds of plungers who raised over $100,000. Plungers decide how deep into the water to go and how long to stay in; some got only their ankles wet while others swim around till lifeguards make them get out of the water. Portable hot spas apres plunge help ward off the chill. Participants pay for the privilege, with those raising at least $50 in pledges from family, friends and coworkers receiving an official Polar Plunge longsleeve T-shirt, goody bag and lunch. Along with 2-for-1 lift ticket at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain and free admission to the Pre-Plunge Party at The Cave Big Bear on March 2. Raise more than $50 and there’s additional cool prizes like towels, hoodies, duffle bags with tumbler and solar backpack. Special Olympics supporters who prefer to stay out of the water can stay in the “chicken coop” for $50 in pledges and receive a “I’m Too Chicken to Plunge” T- shirt along with the other goodies. Be sure to bring cameras along for photos and video to prove you really jumped in the lake during winter months. Costumes are a staple at Polar Plunge Pre-St. Pat’s bash stars California Celts Go jump in the lake during the annual Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics events, almost like Halloween, and awards are given for the best, judged by creativity and how wacky they are. “All it takes is a few seconds in the chilly water for plungers to discover why we refer to it as `Freezin’ for a Reason,’ ” said Special Olympics Southern California regional director Abbey Leffler. “They will immediately feel their hearts warm up with joy because they know they are giving to a great cause. Eighty six cents of every dollar raised goes directly to Special Olympics program costs.” Opening ceremonies at 11:45 a.m. include a special torch arrival by the San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department. Other Polar Plunge activities include family fun area with games, rock wall (weather permitting), arts and crafts, entertainment, displays from law enforcement and Big Bear Discovery Center, and more. Register at Veteran’s Park at 10 a.m. with coffee and pastries with plungers jumping in at noon. Admission for spectators is free and they can purchase lunch for $5. Proceeds provide year-round training and sports programs for those with intellectual disabilities in the Inland Empire. Don’t miss the preregistration Plunge Party the night before at The Cave (40789 Village Dr.) from 6-10 p.m. There’s live music with The Aviators (story page 8) plus heavy hors d’oeuvres, raffle and the chance to meet local Special Olympics athletes. Beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase. Admission is free for plungers, $10 for their guests. Register as a plunger by calling (951) 703-6502 or www.sosc.org/bigbearplunge. Join the California Celts for a little pre-St. Patrick’s Day fun at Wyatt’s Grill and Saloon on Friday, March 16. Get in the Irish spirit with a popular Southland band that begins every set with a Celtic parade featuring bagpipes, brass and drums. The band’s repetoire includes Scottish jibs, Irish standards, Celtic originals and songs of California. If they look familiar it’s because you’ve seen them before, closing Oktoberfest last fall with their German version Kalifornia Krauts. For more fun there’s cabbage bowling, Irish jig and Wearing of the Green contests plus wishing well. The familyfriendly bash includes kids arts and crafts, bounce house, and games benefitting North Shore Elementary Dance Team. Corned beef and cabbage for $11.99 joins Wyatt’s usual western menu and there’s green beer, Irish coffee and Guiness. Plus specialties like Nutty Irishman and Shamrock Sour. Doors open at 4 p.m. with band at 6 and no cover. Wyatt’s at the Convention Center is open Wednesdays with DJ Evan, Fridays and Saturdays with live bands or country dancing. Call (909) 585-3000. .com New! Night Glow Tubing! 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