Page 6—March 2018 Still tons of winter left for spring Glow Tubing at Big Bear Snow Play, longest runs in Southern California! 909.878.4FUN at North Shore Landing & Holloway’s Marina Pirate Ship Lake Tours Aboard ‘Time Bandit’ Narrated lake tours aboard 1/3 replica of a Spanish galleon seen in the movie ‘Time Bandits’ • Pirate Booty for the Kids • Cocktails for Adults • Sunset Tours There’s still plenty of winter left for spring at Big Bear’s two tubing areas. Both Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play look more like winter than spring thanks to recent storms, not to mention ski area-quality snowmaking that has piled the white stuff. Though the season was late arriving both areas now have plenty of snow for Spring Break and beyond. In fact depths are up to two stories high—that’s 20 feet or more!—at both places. Weather permitting Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play plan to stay open through Easter and into April, for inner tubing fun before transitioning to summer recreation that includes the double water slide at the former, Big Bear Speedway’s Sodi Kart racing at the latter. Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play will both be open for night sessions, normally held Fridays, Saturdays and holiday periods, every evening March 23-31 from 5-9 p.m., maybe even beyond depending on snow conditions and interest. Plenty of time to experience tubing under the stars! Alpine Slide’s night sessions have been a longtime favorite, lights casting an eerie glow on the snow, which gets faster and faster as the evening progresses. “The snow is sooo fast,” Gabriela Zena said during her visit. “When you start twisting it’s especially fun. There is nothing like the first slide because you don’t know what the feeling of sliding will be like.” Big Bear Snow Play offers Glow Tubing, cranking the experience up a notch by featuring 11 RGB color strobes to light up the snow like a Christmas tree, changing from color to color throughout each sequence. Even the Magic Carpet uphill lift, which eliminates the tiring uphill walk and is enclosed for guest comfort, is lit up with over 1,500 different LED multicolor fluorescent lights. “We’ve brought a new twist to night snow play with the colored lights,” said the area’s Scott Voigt. “The lights are similar to stage lights at concerts and • Waverunners • Jet Skis • Sea Doos! • Kayaks, SUP • Wakeboard/Water Ski Rides • Poontoon Boats and Fishing Boats! www.HollowaysMarina.com or www.BigBearBoating.com COZY CHALETS WITH FIREPLACES & GREAT VIEWS... LOCATED AT SNOW SUMMIT'S BASE AREA... JUST STEPS TO THE SKI LIFTS! Also Available Lakeside RV Park with Full Hookups! Remodeled Bathrooms and Store www.800BigBear.com Best conditions of the seaso for tubing at Alpine Slide; get your Olympic fix on the bobsleds really light up the snow.” Grooming after the day session at both areas returns the snow to perfect corduroy conditions that are ideal to slide on, velvety smooth. Shooting through the shadows under the stars is an exhilarating experience as tubers pinwheel back and forth during their descents. Big Bear Snow Play sports features on its runs, like whoop-di-doos to go along with the longest tubing runs in Southern California. Once a ski area known as Rebel Ridge, Big Bear Snow Play offers ultimate night sliding on colorful inner tubes that really light up at dark. Tubing hills at Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play are open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and cost $35, which includes tube rental and use of the Magic Carpet uphill lifts. Bring a picnic lunch and guests can come and go as they choose. Night sessions at each are $30. Satisfy your inner Olympian at Alpine Slide by experiencing the downhill ride of the same name, open year-round. Part bobsled, part luge, part skelton, Alpine Slide serves up a ride straight out of PyeongChang as riders descend two quar- Badge-carrying personnel get two-forone lift tickets every Wednesday while enjoying the best inner tubing in the Southland at Big Bear Snow Play. Active law enforcement, fire and military personnel buy one lift pass and get another free during “Badge Days” at Big Bear Snow Play, which sports the longest tubing runs in Southern California. Just show proper ID any Wednesday and get a free lift ticket with the purchase of a pass. It’s a $35 value. “It’s our way of giving back to those who serve our community so well,” said Scott Voigt of Big Bear Snow Play. Big Bear Snow Play, once a ski area known as Rebel Ridge, has a ton of snow thanks to aggressive snowmaking. In addition to traditional downhill runs the area builds snow features like whoop-di-doos and berms . Big Bear Today ter-mile cement tracks filled with banked turns and long straightaways aboard sleds they actually control. Each sled sports teflon runners and ball-bearing wheels. Push the control handle forward to pick up speed...or pull back to slow down. Riders go as fast or slow as they please, as they zip down the snow-lined track in an authentic alpine setting. At the bottom, gently apply some brake and ride the scenic chairlift back to the top for another run. The Alpine Slide experience is a completely unique one, since there isn’t another one west of Colorado. Bobsled rides cost $6 each, or $25 buys a five-ride book Alpine Slide is on the boulevard 1/4 mile west of the Village. (909) 866-4626. Big Bear Snow Play is on the boulevard at Division. (909) 585-0075. Wednesday Badge Days at BBSP Getting to the top of all the snow is easy thanks to Magic Carpet uphill lifts that families merely step on and off of. No uphill climb to tire parents and kids out means they save all their energy for downhill fun and get in all the runs they want. Snow gets groomed nightly at Big Bear Snow Play to ensure the best possible conditions for guests. When it’s time for a winter warm-up, head inside the heated base lodge for family-priced snack bar and video games. Big Bear Snow Play is open daily for tubing from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All-day passes include tube rental and Magic Carpet lift for $35. After dark Glow Tubing sessions from 5-9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays including March 23-31 are $30. Big Bear Snow Play is at 42825 Big Bear Blvd. Call (909) 585-0075 or www.bigbearsnowplay.com.
Big Bear Today A RESORT SHORTS A What's Happening at Snow Summit & Bear Mountain Cutting lines makes Ski- A-Thon FUN-draising! Cut lift lines while raising money for a good cause during the annual Ski-A- Thon benefitting the Adaptive Ski School at Bear Mountain on Saturday, March 10. This is a fundraiser with an emphasis on fun as skiers and snowboarders cut lift lines all day, enjoy a great lunch and apres party on the 13,000 sq. ft. deck, and help the disabled get out on the slopes...while getting a tax-deduction at the same time. The line-cutting itself is worth the price of admission on a busy Saturday. Truly everyone wins during this popular event. Getting in on the fun is easy— just raise the minimum preregistration of $150 or $500 for teams of four by getting friends to sponsor you. participants get their own personal fundraising website where donors can pay with credit cards, E-checks and Pay-Pal.. Or just write a check for the tax-deductible amount ($200 or $600 teams of four event day 7-11 a.m.) The donation includes lift ticket, line cutting, lunch, T-shirt, and famous “Survival Kit” swag bag filled with goodies. There’s an adaptive ski demo tent and the apres party on the deck is legendary with entertainment, food and beverages, auction and opportunity drawing for free Cali4nia season pass. Visit www.USARC.org or call (909) 584-0269. USASA, Goldsmith’s events at Summit, Bear Goldsmith’s Boardhouse race series (formerly the Alpine series) concludes with the last of five-events down Widowmaker at Snow Summit on March 11. United States Amateur Snowboard Association (USASA) events in Big Bear conclude as well with halfpipe copetition at Bear Mountain on March 4. Visit www.usasa.org for details. Take 4 lessons, score a free Cali4nia Pass Still time to take four lessons, get a free Cali4nia pass good at both Big Bear resorts plus sister resorts Mammoth and June Mountains for the rest of the season. Buy any combination of qualifying lessons at Snow Summit, Bear Mountain, Mammoth and June that adds up to four points, then hit the slopes at all four resorts anytime for the rest of the season with a free 2017-18 Cali4nia Pass. Earn one point for each four-hour lesson at Snow Summit or Bear or for a full-day group lesson at Mammoth or June. Receive 1/2 point for each two hour lesson at the resorts. Once you’ve earned four points bring the scorecards provided by instructors to the season pass office and you’ll be able to pick up your Cali4nia Pass the next day. Given that Mammoth’s season typically runs through Memorial Day or even longer—last season went into August!— there may still be a lot of winter left with the Cali4nia Pass. Call (844) GO2BEAR. How to save a buck or 2 at Snow Summit, Bear Everyone loves to save money and the Big Bear resorts have a few discounts out there for the rest of the 2017-18 season. Now is the time to buy a season pass and March 6 sees the debut of the new Ikon Pass from Alterra Mountain Company, new owners of Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Ikon Base Pass is $599 with unlimited access to Big Bear plus seven other resorts including June Mountain and Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows. But only five days with holiday blackouts at Mammoth, plus five at 15 other destinations Ikon Pass at $899 adds unlimited Mammoth access along with Steamboat and others. Plus seven days with no blackouts at over a dozen other resorts, like Jackson Hole, Deer Valley, Alta-Snowbird, Aspen-Snowmass, Banff’s Big 3 and Big Sky. Visit Ikonpass.com. In the meantime there’s other ways to keep money in your pocket... * Ski or ride for less than $53 per day with new Triple Pack+ that includes directto-lift convenience. Any three days the rest of this season for $159 is a deal. * Plan ahead! Purchase your tickets at least 72 hours in advance either online or at (844) GO2-BEAR and save 20% off the window price. *Celebrate your birthday on the slopes and the Big Bear resorts will give you a free lift ticket for a gift! Must be your actual birthday; present valid ID on your special day and ski or ride both resorts for free. *Police, fire, EMT and active military need only flash their badges or proper ID at either Snow Summit or Bear Mountain windows to purchase all-day lift ticket for $42 plus 2% TBID charge during the last Uniform Days on March 7-8. *Snow Summit and Bear Mountain also honor active duty military members and their families with discounts all season long. Present a current active duty military ID at the window and get 25% off lift tickets, rentals and lessons. Rasta George reggae parties at Geronimo’s Come to Da Party, Man! Saturdays and Sundays at Geronimo’s Outpost, the on-mountain retreat at the base of Bear Mountain’s highest peak, the site for Snow Splash reggae parties starring DJ Rasta George beginning at noon. Enjoy full bar and revitalized food menu along with nonstop reggae music from Bob Marley to Sean Paul with George, now in his 13th year at the Outpost. Find your beach in the snow while taking in views of Bear Peak high above the beach party, home to Geronimo, the Southland’s steepest run when it’s open. Geronimo’s Outpost is at the top of the Access Express chair which services Southern California’s largest beginner area, so it’s accessible to everyone. Stop by, weather permitting, for fun in the sun! Standard Motel Rooms $65 with Fireplace & Queen Bed Non-Holiday / Midweek Weekends Slightly Higher Subject to change without notice. March 2018—Page 7 CLOSE TO VILLAGE, LAKE, DINNING CLOSE to SLOPES! 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