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Dining • Shopping • Entertainment • Family Fun
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Any Season is Wonderful
in The Village
“The Heart of Big Bear”
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Clothing & Accessories
Gifts & Souvenirs, cont.
Himalayan Handcraft Collection . . . 878-3068
Oliver’s Emporium . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0388
PTL Plus Ministries
Big Bear Mountain Resorts . . . . . . . 866-5766
Big Bear Outfitters
Superhero Toys N More
Bob's Sports Den & More
Teddy Bear Dolls & Collectable's
Mountain Bear Apparel
United Wood Craftsman
Camp Crib . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0508
Del Lagos Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-3949
Earth’s Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0433
The Leather Depot
Exciting Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-4080
LeRoy's Shoes & Clothing
Room to Room
The Village Faire
O-Koo-Ran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-6652
Accommodations / Rentals
Big Bear Village Lodge
The Shirt Shanty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-7928
at Big Bear
Artisans Etc . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 878-0088
Wild Coyote Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . 866-2140
The Lodge Holiday Inn Resort . . . . 866-3121
Gifts & Souvenirs
Robinhood Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-4643
A Christmas Store `N More . . . . . . 878-0114
Resort Town Rentals
Art Garden / Big Bear Discount
Turnkey Vacation Rentals. . . . . . . . .345-0930
The Bath Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . 866-0143
Village Reservation Services
Big on Bears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366-0013
Restaurants & Taverns
572 Social . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0307
A V Nightclub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-7377
Chirp Nature Center . . . . . . . .
Big Bear Lake Brewing Co. . . . . . . . 878-0555
Gems of the West Rockshop . . . . . 878-0415
The Bone Yard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0401
Fire Rock Burgers & Brews. . . . . . . 878-0696
Himalayan Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . 878-3068
Jack in the Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-6436
Village Wine Walks!
Jaspers Smokehouse & Steaks
La Bamba Mexican Restaurant . . . 866-7696
June 8, 2019
Restaurants & Taverns,
Masala Craft Indian Cuisine
Saloon & Eatery
Nottingham's Restaurant . . . . . . . 866-4644
Oakside Restaurant & Bar . . . . . . . .866-5555
Paoli's Italian Country Kitchen
Peppercorn Grille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-5405
Royal Thai Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-2808
Santana & Mavericks
Crafted Food .
Saucy Mama's Pizzaria . . . . . . . . . 878-0165
Teddy Bear Restaurant
Village Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-8505
Whiskey Dave’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-3283
Specialty Food & Drink
Amangela's Sandwich / Bagel House 878-0015
Barrel 33 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0838
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Big Bear House of Jerky . . . . . . . . . 866-4440
Big Bear Liquor Market
Frusion Juice & Coffee Bar
The Tea & Coffee Exchange
The Dock Club at Pine Knot Landing
Mountain Room Escape
Pine Knot Landing & Marina
Victoria Park Carriage Rides
Village Theaters North . . . . . . . . . 866-5115
Big Bear Cab Company, Inc.
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce . . 866-4607
Big Bear Lake Visitors Bureau . . . . 866-7000
Calvary Chapel of Big Bear
Career Center of Big Bear
Mountain Transit / Trolley. . . . . . . . 878-5200
Beauty, Health & Wellness
The Barber of De Ville
Dr. Emley (Chiropractor)
Monkeyshines Body Piercing
Murphy's Barber Shop
Stephen C. Noble, DDS
Studio 9 Hair Salon
The Copper Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-4777 Summit
Gelato & Tea House
North Pole Fudge & Ice Cream . . . 866-7622
North Pole Sweets & Treats . . . . . 866-1100
The Old German Deli
Our Town Liquor
Village Nut House. . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0024
The Village Sweet Shoppe . . . . . . . 866-8383
Recreation & Entertainment
Big Bear Elks Bingo
Big Bear Marina
Big Bear Parasail & Watersports
Big Bear Tattoo
The Bowling Barn & Alley Oops
Cantrell’s Guide Service
The Cave Big Bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0204
Business & Services
Big Bear Activity Center
Mountain Lake Properties
Red Line Vehicle Registration
Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s Int. Realty
. . . . . . . . . . . . 878-5500
Stalcup Home Services . . . . . . . . 878-4663
Stalcup Landscape . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-9696
The UPS Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-4747
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BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019
Classic Fun for All
at Car, Boat Shows
On land and lake, relive the days of yesteryear
during two “Classic” shows in August, both of
which have free admission.
The best-known of the two shows is the 30th annual Big
Bear Fun Run on Aug. 9 –11. Presented by Big Bear Lake
Antique Car Club, Fun Run attracts over 500 street rods,
antique autos, classic cars and wood-panel trucks from the
Southland and also Nevada and Arizona, which creates a
paradise for motorists in an alpine setting. The show takes
place in the Village,
with cars lined up as far
as the eye can see.
One of the highlights
is Saturday’s traditional
“Cruise Around the
Lake,” which takes
place at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday. There are 250-
300 cars that rally
around the lake in a
classic car parade.
A week later
gleaming wood vessels
dot the lake during the
36th Annual Antique Classic Wooden Boat Show at Pine
Knot Marina on Aug. 17. Vintage vessels from makers like
Criss-Craft and Hacker highlight the show, presented by the
Antique and Classic Boat Society’s Southern California
Typically there’s 40 or more shiny wood boats on display.
Like a 1940, 27-foot vessel that once cruised Big Bear Lake
waters. All have been painstakingly restored to beautiful
original condition, many with the engines exposed and
exquisite wood shined to perfection.
Annual favorites include Noel Blanc’s beautiful “Bugs
Bunny.” His late father Mel was the voice of all the
legendary Warner Bros. cartoon characters including the
famous rabbit plus Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam
and many more. Noel carries on the family’s voice tradition
and is often on hand at the boat show to talk about his pride
Big Bear Summer 2019 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
That’s Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Concerts at The Cave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Music In The Mountains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
“South Pacific in Concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
July 4th Fireworks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Big Bear Air Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Chili Cookoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Brewfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Renaissance Faire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
49th Oktoberfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Snow Summit’s Adventure Park . . . . . . . 10
Tour de Big Bear- Cycling Festival . . . . . 11
We’ve Got Your Water Sport . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
New Pontoons at Marina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Pirate Ship Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Trout, Bass Tourneys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Stand up Paddleboats (SUP) . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Discovery Center Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
New Ropes Course, Speedway . . . . . . . . . 16
Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Dining Digest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
The Skyline Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Zoo Adds Species . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Soaring Eagle Ride at Alpine Slide . . . . . . . 21
Big Bear Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
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Courtesy BBMR/Jared Meyer
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at Snow Summit
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Then there’s a 1957 Glastron, inspired by the 1956 Chevy
Belair with more than a few similarities between the two.
Or 1955 Criss-Craft Cobra, built only one year and
influenced by the 1954 Corvette.
With so many wood boats inspired by automobiles, it’s
only fitting that there are classic cars from the previous
week’s Fun Run on hand for viewing. Plus the Inland
Nautical Society usually has several models on display.
Two weekends, two trips to yesteryear, just two reasons
to make Big Bear Summer part of your season. Explore
the rest of this magazine for many more, from lake to trails
to concerts and shows, all above the marine layer grey or
sweltering temperatures of the basin and desert. Just 7,000
feet away!! ■
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. . . THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT . . .
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Doo Wah Riders perform live on Wyatt's stage
The hills are alive with the sound
of music all Big Bear Summer
long, from headliner concerts at
The Cave to “Music in the Mountains”
shows under the stars at the Discovery
Center. There’s a veritable Feast of
Festivals too, from Brewsfest and the
Renaissance to Oktoberfest!
There’s live music under the pine
trees Fridays and Saturdays at Wyatt’s
at the Convention Center, no cover
charge and great western grub and
drink. Or head to Big Bear Lake Village
where Street Music Band, whose song
“I Want to Live Like Jimmy Buffet” has
become a chart-topping hit, plays
Fridays and Saturdays at 572 Social
from 8-11 p.m.
Jefferson Starship rocks The Cave
There’s music lakeside again at
water’s edge too. The eagerly-awaited
Pines Lakefront Tavern debuts,
completely remodeled with cozy
fireplace and amazing lake views. Pull
up a chair and enjoy a classic martini,
fine beer or wine and listen to jazz by
Big Bear favorites Mike Cross and
Catching all the happenings in Big
Bear takes some advance planning, so
here’s a rundown on Big Bear Summer
fun stuff to see and hear. For lastminute
additions to the schedule, and
there always are some, be sure to pick
up free Big Bear Today Magazine at
fine lodges, restaurants, shops and racks
while in town, or visit the website,
bigbeartodaymag.com for the latest,
including magazine pages you can
download in PDF format. Click us up
like you pick us up!
The Cave Big Bear
See headline performers
like Jefferson Starship,Ted
Nugent, former Cinderella
frontman Tom Keifer, classic
rockers Gary Puckett and the
Union Gap and more up close
and personal at the
mountain’s intimate concert
The Cave Big Bear has
tiered seating assuring a clear
stage view from every seat.
There’s a real club feel to The
Cave with awesome caverndesign
bar with cocktail tables
and gourmet concessions. The
state-of-the-art sound system is pure
concert quality with laser lights, fog
machines and “snow” that sprinkles the
dance floor right in front of the stage.
The perfect spot for up close photos
and selfies with amazing artists!
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Your Alpine Slide experience begins with a scenic chairlift ride
above the beautiful Big Bear Lake. Then, with you controlling
the speed, your toboggan plummets back down the mountain
creating a thrill you'll want to relive again and again!
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Soaring Eagle Ride
Soaring Eagle Ride
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1/4 mile West of The Village
Family Fun! (909) 866-4626
BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019 • 5
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In addition to famous headliners The
Cave features a variety of acts ranging
from terrific tributes to favorite artists
and genres that include country, reggae,
New Wave and more. Even comedy with
headliner Pauly Shore on July 20.
Don’t miss top tributes to Fleetwood
Mac, Van Halen, Grateful Dead, Tom
Ted Nugent returns to The Cave
Petty, Queen and more. Visit
thecavebigbear.com or call (909) 878-
0204 for tickets. Or, you can you can pick
up free Big Bear Today Magazine in
town for the latest concert schedule
or click up our redesigned website at
“Music in the
Take a seat under the stars as the
stars come out on stage during Big
Bear Discovery Center’s popular
music series, now in its 14th year.
Five top tribute concerts—
“Music in the Mountains” 2019
summer series at Big Bear Discovery
Center’s beautiful outdoor
amphitheater. New talent, returning
favorites and some that haven’t
taken the mountain stage in years are
on the bill. The setting can’t be beat,
under the pine trees in the forest as
the sun sets, and recent
improvements in sound and lighting
production have enhanced the
concert experience. Plus there’s great
food and drink for purchase.
The season opens July 6 with Bee
Gees Gold with tribute to the 70’s
disco giants. Bee Gees Gold captures
the look and sound of the band with the
great John Acosta as Barry Gibb. From
early songs like “Massachusetts” and “I
Started a Joke” to later hits “Stayin’
Disco night with Bee Gees Gold
Alive” and “You Should Be Dancing”
Acosta backed by live band takes
audiences back four decades, even
nailing the unique
though the band is
headliner-quality in its
own right. Take a musical
tour of the 1970’s and
80’s with a multimedia
production that features
songs like “Waterloo,”
Queen” and many more,
presented by the talented
Anne Davies, Chelsea
Faulds, Scotty Pearson,
Nick Davies and a lineup
of stellar musicians.
From early hits to “Mama Mia” the
music of Abba always entertains and
AbbaFab routinely plays sold out shows
around the country. The members have
toured the world as solo artists and have
teamed to present the most entertaining
Abba tribute that there is.
Music in the Mountains continues
two weeks later on July 20 with
Hollywood U2, the only tribute to the
rock icons endorsed by Ryan
Seacrest. Hollywood U2 is one of
AXS-TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute
Bands” and was nominated as Best
Tribute Artist 2014 by Los Angeles
Music Awards. The band has
performed in front of audiences of
10,000 or more around the world,
from the Dominican Republic, Costa
Rica and Panama to Mexico,
Honduras and Singapore.
Joseph Hier is tasked with
capturing Bono and a couple years ago
was paid the ultimate tribute
compliment when the star called him on
Bob Seger tribute on Aug. 3
stage during a U2 concert. Hier teamed
with Bono on “The Sweetest Thing” as
the crowd roared.
He duplicates songs like “With or
Without You,” “Still Haven’t Found
What I’m Looking For,” “One,” “Sunday
Bloody Sunday,” and many more notefor-note.
The band has rocked the Cave
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on previous visits and is a crowd
favorite. Live from Earth opens with
tribute to 80’s rocker Pat Benatar.
The series continues August 3 when
Turn the Page presents its amazing
tribute to the great Bob Seger and the
Silver Bullet Band. Sam Morrison Band
presents a show that is much more than
just a tribute as audiences are often left
wondering if the sound is lip synched or
features backing tracks; actually every
note is live performed by a group that
has sold over 750,000 downloads of its
Seger tribute CD on Itunes and Spotify.
Featured on CNBC as one of the
nation’s top tribute bands—and later
recorded live for AXS-TV’s “America’s
Greatest Tribute Bands” at the Whiskey
A Go-Go—Turn the Page has toured
the country. Songs like “Old Time Rock
and Roll,” “Night Moves,” “Against the
Wind” and namesake “Turn the Page”
take audiences back to their youth. The
playlist is practically endless with
Seger’s ten consecutive platinum
Fortunate Son opens with its tribute
to Credence Clearwater Revival. The
magical music of John Fogerty comes to
life note for note on songs like “Down
on the Corner,” “Bad Moon Rising,”
“Who’ll Stop the Rain” and the band’s
namesake tune. A great night of classic
rock under the pines!
Aug. 17 sees the “Kings of Country”
present tributes to Willie Nelson and
Johnny Cash. Michael Moore presents
his outlaw portrayal of Willie with some
of the most beautiful country songs ever
written. Tunes like “On the Road
Again,” “One in a Row,” “My Heroes
Have Always Been Cowboys” and more
dot the play list.
Cash’s music is immortal and Philip
Bauer does an incredible job presenting
the Man in Black.
He’s brought Cash
to life for over a
decade with all the
moves, patter and
recognized as one
of the leading
artists for good
reason; songs like
Blues,” “I Walk the
Line,” “Ring of
Fire” and others are reproduced with
the passion that fans love.
The Long Run closes out the series
with Experience the Eagles on Aug. 31.
Formed in 1999 by accomplished
musicians, The Long Run is considered a
top Eagles tribute band and plays all the
legendary group’s greatest hits...even
the solo work done by Eagles Don
Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh.
The band mixes in the studio quality
that marked the Eagles music with their
own live concert energy show. With lush
vocal harmonies and exceptional
musical accuracy The Long Run
captures the unique Eagles sound.
General admission tickets for all
shows are $37 as guests bring their own
lawn chairs and sit under the trees.
Premium bench seating is $48. Or see
five shows for the price of four with
season passes priced at $148 general
admission and $195 premium.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with shows
starting at 6 and there’s free off-site
parking with shuttle to the event.
Purchase tickets online at
www.mountainsfoundation.org or call
Discovery Center at (909) 866-3437.
“South Pacific in Concert”
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic
South Pacific comes to the Big Bear
stage in concert form for six shows at the
Performing Arts Center July 5-7 and 12-
Big Bear Theatre Project presents the
tale of two parallel love stories on an
island paradise during World War II with
limited dialogue. Instead the focus is on
the sweeping musical score that
garnered ten Tony Awards, featuring
songs like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man
Right Outa My Hair,” “Some Enchanted
Evening,” “There is Nothing Like a
Dame” and many more.
Tickets are priced between $10-$20
and are available at the PAC box office;
call (909) 866-4970.
July 4th Fireworks /
Rotary Best View BBQ
Celebrate 243 years of American
independence with Big
Bear Lake Rotary Club’s
annual barbecue and
show Thursday, July 4.
The fireworks have
been named Southern
California’s best free
show with some
pyrotechnics fired, as
the display gets bigger
and better each year.
Each burst lights up
the sky and water
below to create a
visual spectacular that
stadium shows can’t rival. Any location
around the lake affords viewing with
good spots along the north shore.
There’s 2,000 bursts during the grand
finale alone. Tune into KBHR 93.3 FM
to hear patriotic music synchronized to
each shell for a treat for the ears as well
as the eyes.
Best seat in the house to see the show
is at the annual Rotary Best View BBQ
on the water at Marina Resort. There’s
entertainment, midway games in a
secured area for the kids and barbecue
from 4:30-7:30 p.m. $34 includes entry
and scrumptious baby back ribs, or $27
buys barbecue chicken sandwich, sirloin
hamburger or all-beef
hot dog meals, prepared
Restaurant, one of Big
Bear’s best. Kids hot
dog meal is $20.
Beer and wine are
available at the
including Big Bear Lake
Brewing Co. offerings
plus festival food for
purchase. Bring your
own lawn chairs and
blankets or Rotary has
holiday blankets for sale.
VIP guests receive served meal and
seating on the deck for the show’s best
view for $100 while for $50 there’s
private reserved seating area at water’s
edge. Barbecue guests also enjoy
exclusive viewing of set pieces and shells
from a second barge that can’t be seen
anywhere else. Call (800) 4- BIG BEAR
Big Bear Air Fair
Fun on the ground and in the sky
awaits guests of all ages at Big Bear Air
Fair at the airport July 6 from 9 a.m.-3
Vintage warbirds from the Planes of
Fame air museum in Chino along with
See a B-25 Mitchell
at Air Fair
other antique aircraft will fill the skies,
while on the ground there’s vendors,
kids activities, Forest Service helicopter
water drops, and more. Airplane lovers
see an array of vintage craft that fly in
for the event, like a B-25 Mitchell, best
known as the plane Jimmy Doolittle
and his squadron used in his famous
Entertainment, continues on page 8
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morale-boosting raid on Tokyo.
For youngsters there’s climbing wall,
jump house and balloons. Music by the
Mountain Fifes and Drum Corp is
always an Air Fair highlight, and Just in
Time skydivers drop in throughout the
day as well.
Free admission makes this
the best deal of Big Bear
Summer. Air Fair is preceded
by the Kiwanis pancake
breakfast at 7 a.m.
Call (909) 585-3219.
Big Bear Chili
The heat is on July 13 as
the fastest chefs in the west
vie for $3,500 prize purse and
the right to advance to world
International Chili Society
competition this fall.
The ICS-sanctioned cookoff begins at
11 a.m. in the Village’s Bartlett Events
area with live music and dozens of
vendors selling Western gifts and
souvenirs as 40+ chefs prepare their
tastiest concoctions. There’s kid’s play
area, beer and wine garden, arts and
crafts and food vendors to make for a
great day of family fun.
Admission is free with chili tasting
kits $5 which allow you to sample all the
Families & Groups
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spicy fixin’s you can handle...bring the
heartburn medicine. There’s prizes and
trophies for best red and green chili,
salsa and the People’s Choice award
which comes with an additional $500
prize. Live music all day too.
Call (800) 4-BIG BEAR.
“Spirits of the West
Celebrating National Day of the
Cowboy by toasting the hardworking
hero of the American West during the
7th annual Brewsfest on Saturday, July
27 at the Convention Center.
It’s a western day for the whole
family with arts and crafts vendors
outside. Bring the kids for bounce house,
face painting, games and arts and crafts
Select cabins have private, in-room spas,
perfect for relaxing after your alpine adventure.
• All of our cabins have knotty pine interiors, fireplace,
Flat Screen TVs with cable, full bath and refrigerator.
Some are equipped with
either a kitchen or kitchenette.
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* 3rd night either Sunday or Thursday
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Convenient location near the Village, Alpine Slide,
minutes from the Lake & Ski Resorts.
that include decorating real horseshoes.
Big Bear’s western heritage dates back
to the late 1800’s, which included cattle
drives up to the mountains from the
deserts of Palm Springs, Morongo and
Everyone will love action shooting
starring Old Town Temecula
Gunfighters who put on a great
western drama with heroes and villains.
Wyatt’s Cafe & Saloon is open with
ranch-style grub in huge portions. Try
on the several inches high Smokin’
Gun burger for a reast feast or slow
roasted tri tip.
For the adults there will be some 50
beers to savor plus spirits including
whiskey, tequila and bourbon. Wine
sampling has been
added with over 20
varieties from several
National Day of the
There’s two live
Sligo Rags. Admission is
free; call (909) 585-3000
for Brewsfest tasting
packages. Make it a
weekend with South of Santa Fe playing
Friday at Wyatt’s plus Sunday brunch.
There’s new dates but it’s the same
fun event as Big Bear Renaissance
returns for four time-traveling
Return to days of yore with period
grub, grog and merriment on the
beautiful north shore of Big Bear Lake
in Fawnskin at historic
Pedersen Sawmill. An
exciting, vibrant village
springs up among
towering pine trees four
from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
starting July 20-21 and
continuing July 27-28,
August 3-4 and 10-11.
jousting on horseback in
live competition, archery
tournament, live steel
Elizabeth’s Royal Court
and Midsummer Fairy
Forest Children’s area.
The days of William Shakespeare and
the Renaissance are presented with
nonstop entertainment by strolling
entertainers, stage performances with
belly dancers, jugglers, musicians and
singers, beautiful crafts and plenty of
period food and drink.
Thrill to live jousting courtesy of the
Imperial Knights. This is no dinner show
but rather live contact action with no
predetermined winner. Wearing 130 lbs.
of armor is just the beginning; each
competitor peers through a quarter-inch
slit in their helmet, staring down a foe
atop a 2,000 lb. horse just as they are.
When they charge head-on the
ground shudders and their solid
hemlock lances often break and yes,
occasionally so do bones. It’s full contact
action at its best.
Entertainment includes Joust
Kidding, a high energy singing group
featuring a stage full of pirates,
Cutthroat Reef and Gallows Humor.
Black Rose features Celtic music by
talented performer Kris Colt. Musicians
and magicians, singers, jugglers, belly
Imperial Knights in combat
dancers...they’re all here.
Of course there’s plenty of good grub
and grog, with suds freely flowing and
turkey legs to gnaw, pig on a stick,
bratwurst and more traditional tastes
like sandwiches, gyros and tacos. For a
medieval shopping experience visit the
marketplace with dozens of merchants
presenting wares from ere and yon,
ranging from Renaissance clothing to
pewter steins, tarts, scents, oils, ceramics
and much more.
Daily Faire admission is $25 for
adults, or $46 buys a weekend pass good
for both days. Season passes are valid all
four weekends for only $150.
Senior/student/military admission is $18
daily, $34 weekends and $150 season
pass, 5 and under free. Call (800) 4-BIG
BEAR or www.bbvrsinc.org.
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. . . THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT . . .
Big Bear Oktoberfest
Four bands direct from Germany,
each playing two weekends. It’s the most
ambitious entertainment lineup ever for
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest in its 49 year
history, and perhaps a precursor to
celebrating its 50th next year.
Celebrate Southern California’s
favorite Oktoberfest over nine big
weekends from September 7-November
2. Find out why AOL named Big Bear
Oktoberfest the #1 Oktoberfest in
California and in the Top 10 nationwide!
Bohemian Street Musicians,
1 of 4 German bands!
Longtime favorite The Express Band
plays opening weekend on Sept. 7-8,
which features American Heroes tribute
with color guard, traditional tapping of
the first keg and
patriotic music. All
personnel— i.e. police,
fire, military, medical,
etc.— get in for free
opening weekend with
Die Franken Power
Express returns to
weekends, Sept. 14-15
and 21-22. The eightpiece
Power Express Band
was here four years ago and was terrific.
The band tours in Europe with up to 20
performers, with the top eight traveling
to Big Bear for Oktoberfest.
Frankenrebellon Express takes the
stage the next two weekends. Die
Bohmische Strassemusikanten, which
translates into “Bohemian Street
Musicians,” was a favorite last year and
follows Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. The group
sports 12 players —half an orchestra—
making it one of the largest to ever take
Officially the band formed in 2001
though many performers had played
together for years before that. Touring
throughout Bavaria along with Belgium
and Norway has made the band one of
the region’s most recognizable, mixing
upper Bavarian brass music with
modern tunes to create the ultimate
Goldeisen Band was
an Oktoberfest favorite
three years ago and
returns Oct. 26-27 and
closing encore on Nov. 2
The group will sport
nine musicians when it
takes the stage for a mix
of German standards
and American favorites.
outdoor stage under the
pines has two bands
every Saturday playing
non-German music that
ranges from rock and
blues to country and folk
Enjoy a beer or bratwurst
while enjoying Big Bear’s beautiful fall
colors and the shoppers along the
Budenstrasse Avenue of the Booths.
All the bands are good but there’s
nothing like seeing the
famous Doo Wah
outdoors up close and
personal (Oct. 19). For
over 35 years the Doo
Wah Riders have
played “high energy
country with a Cajun
twist” around the
country, appearing in
concert with Garth
Brooks, George Strait,
Alabama, Faith Hill,
Dolly Parton, Tim
McGraw, Brooks and
Dunn, Willie Nelson
and many more. Also catch them
outdoors on June 8 and December 31 for
Wyatt’s Family New Year’s Eve party.
On tap Oktoberfesters enjoy German
favorites Spaten, Warsteiner and
Paulaner along with domestic offerings
plus cider and wine. The redecorated
Free Tickets, Clinics on ‘Mtn. Bike Holiday’
Celebrate International Ride Mountain Bike Day at Snow Summit with free lift
tickets, clinics, music and more on July 20. Festivities are held from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
with free bike park lift tickets for the first 100 guests on site from the Fox Racing booth.
There’s also a free two hour basic bike park clinic plus live music and free swag
giveaways. The official holiday of mountain biking, celebrated every year on July 20,
features decentralized, community based events around the globe. Mountain bike
brands, media, professionals, retailers, parks and local riders show their support for the
sport with group rides, fundraisers, races and demos.
Kraft Bier Haus features a wide
selection of favorite and seasonal
bottles. Sausages from a German
butcher, strudel from a German baker
and the tastiest sauerkraut around are
Outside Fun with Mechanical Bull,
traditional highlights but there’s also
Cafe Americano food.
Dance groups like the Cripple Creek
Cloggers and Die Gemutlichen
Schuhplattlers add to festivities along
with contests including log sawing and
the famed Oktoberfest Queen stein
Oktoberfest hours are from noonmidnight.
Sundays are family days from
noon–5:30 p.m., with balloons, face
painting, bounce houses, and special
contests for the youngsters. Kids get in
for free on Sundays, something parents
can do too with the coupon for free
Sunday adult admission in the
September and October editions of Big
Bear Today Magazine, available free at
fine lodges, restaurants and other
locations in town.
Party like the Burgermeister with allinclusive
packages that include
admission, commemorative stein and first
beer or wine, dinner, even beads. Buy in
advance starting August 1 at
www.bigbearevents.com. and be ready
to have fun as soon as you get there!
Read all about Ein Prosit in the
official the official souvenir Big Bear
Oktoberfest souvenir edition, FREE at
many of the same locations you found
Big Bear Summer 2019. Or go online to
bigbeartodaymag.com and view each
page just like you were holding the book
in your hands.
Call the Convention Center at (909)
585-3000 or BigBearEvents.com. ■
BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019 • 9
. . . SNOW SUMMIT’S ADVENTURE PARK . . .
Trails Abound at Summit Bike Park, More Coming
The summer trail map at Snow
Summit looks a lot like the winter
one, showing just how far
mountain biking at the resort has come
after the downhill bike park was
introduced several years ago.
And Adventure Park is still expanding
its worldclass downhill mountain bike
offerings. Snow Summit is working with
the Forest Service and San Bernardino
County on permitting for a new advanced
downhill trail plus public access hiking
trail. The downhill would replace the Log
Chute hiking trail. While still in the permit
process, the goal is to open both this
Snow Summit’s other three top-tobottom
trails already offer challenging
terrain with professional design by Gravity
Logic. The only lift-served downhill
mountain bike park in Southern California
sports freshly-cut berms, snakes and nondirt
features like bridges, paver-lined turns
for all ability
and drops, long straights and switchbacks.
Miracle Mile tasks even the best riders
with an array of sweeping S-turns plus
rollers, jumps and wood features including
dramatic 30-foot bridge, diving board and
berm. Westridge is the signature jump trail
through the forest as it cuts through the
woods and across ski runs, boasting over
45 features top-to-bottom for an actionpacked
ride. Party Wave is a challenging
black diamond run with steep drops,
banked turns, switchbacks and step ups.
Yet Bike Park isn’t just all hardcore.
Novices start out at the base area where
Small Wonder, a modest gravity-fed trail
about a half-mile in length, serves up all
the features riders encounter in Bike Park.
The ride presents an organic singletrack
feel with little pedaling or braking down a
gentle 6% grade serviced by Chair 4, the
popular beginner lift in winter. The halfmile
trail offers terrain features too, from
progressive paver turns and dirt berm to
baby rock garden and small wood feature.
Skill Builder Park is another beginner
section at the base area, adjacent to Small
Wonder. With side-by-side jumps
progressing from little to bigger and
training terrain features the area helps
learners get their wheels under them as
they discover the
Going Green is
the natural next
Four miles long
berms and only
or pedaling, it
as it drops
forest. New dual
slalom course is
open too in the base area so challenge
your friends to some head-to-head action.
Mix in the awesome network of forest
service roads and trails that unfold from
the top of the mountain for cross-country
riders, literally dozens and dozens of miles
of awesome routes for all abilities, and it’s
Whole family has fun riding
Snow Summit's Bike Park
easy to see why the resort often needs to
run both of its high-speed chairlifts out of
the base area to meet demand. Such as the
new worldclass singletrack found along
Skyline Trail, part of the renovated South
Shore network that starts above Bear
Mountain and continues west.
Many old favorites, like Bristlecone,
Pirates and Fall Line, have been upgraded
as part of trail renovation projects led by
Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation. Of
course the ride out to Grandview Point
remains a favorite, where a quarter-mile of
singletrack leads to amazing 270-degree
views of the Santa Ana River Canyon.
At the base area Basecamp is a great
place to spend the day with unique
attractions. Quick Jump serves up the
sensation of freefalling before slowly
setting adrenaline junkies on the ground.
Soar through the trees on the zipline, scale
heights on the 30-foot climbing wall and
bounce on Eurobungy. Bighorn
Smokehouse is open with delicious
Scenic Skychair isn’t just for two-wheelers;
two-footers have fun too, riding the sky high
to the 8,200 ft. summit. Sightseers are treated
to panoramic views of the lake, desert and
surrounding mountains during their leisurely
20-minute chairlift trip through the forest to
At the top enjoy the Mountain Top
Loop, a gentle one-mile walk at the top
that starts and ends at Skyline Tap House.
Have lunch on the mountaintop outdoor
sun deck with goodies from the grill and
cold beverages. Play a game on the highest
horseshoe pit in Southern California or just
soak up views of snow-covered 11,502 ft.
Mt. San Gorgonio across the way.
Snow Summit hosts after dark Movies
in the Meadow summer series with free
family-friendly films at 8 p.m. under the
stars. Limited seating is available or bring
your own chair and blankets and watch
favorite flicks on the huge inflatable screen
including May 25 showing of “Turbo.”
Bighorn Smokehouse stays open for
concessions. See the event calendar for full
Purchase Bike Park and Skychair
tickets at least 72 hours in advance and
save 20%. Basecamp attractions can be
purchased individually or day passes offer
unlimited use. Call (844) GO-2-BEAR. ■
Photos Courtesy BBMR/Jared Meyer
Summit to Host Fox US Open
One of two wheeling’s biggest events visits Big Bear for the first time
when the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking arrives at Snow Summit
The US Open has been held on the east coast since its inception in
2003. This year marks the first time it has been held on the west coast and
fans and racers can expect the same thrilling open class downhill racing
with a new twist: in 2019 the Fox US Open will also be the final stop of the
EWS North American Enduro Series.
The $10,000 first place prize is sure to attract some of mountain bike
racing’s biggest names. Up and coming racers are afforded the chance to
compete against the pros in the Open class downhill event while
amateurs battle for bragging rights and awesome prizes. Young racers
can compete in the Next Gen Youth Downhill in intermediate and expert
categories on a separate track.
In addition to downhill and enduro, the event also features a USO
Best Whip Comp, adaptive downhill racing and classic dual slalom.
Which harkens back to the epic grass slalom races of yesteryear at
Snow Summit and the rumor mill has it that a throwback slalom course
is in the works. Team Big Bear, longtime mountain bike promoter and
one of the sport’s pioneers, is working with the event.
Indeed the resort used to host NORBA National and World Cup
events during their 1990’s heyday. More recently Snow Summit’s Bike
Park has been turning heads and the annual Crafts & Cranks, set for
July 20-21, draws thousands for riding, music and beer festival.
Fox is again joined by an impressive list of event partners including
Vittoria Tires, GT Bicycles, Flat Tire Defender, Clif Bar, Horizon Hobby,
MOS Gear and more. Vendor village, demos, music and more make for
a huge party with free spectating. Plus Bike Park is open for riding during
the entire event week.
Visit www.USopen.bike for details.
10 • BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019
Tour de Big Bear Marks 10th
With New Rides
Southern California’s favorite ride
gets a new event to celebrate its 10th
Tour de Big Bear on August 3 is really
six rides in one, and that’s just on the main
day! Preceding the main event there’s the
annual poker ride and a new after dark
glow ride in the Village shopping area plus
the Sunday recovery ride. It’s all “geared”
to showcasing Big Bear as the Southland’s
With six distances to choose from Tour
de Big Bear offers a route for every cycling
enthusiast. The event has sold out nine
straight years, attracting over 2,000 riders
annually, for good reason. Cyclists cruise
alpine roadways and trails around Big
Bear and Baldwin Lakes and over
mountain passes including Onyx Summit’s
All routes feature course marshals.
legendary nutrition/hydration aid stations,
first aid attendants, and rider safety and repair
vehicles to deliver a professional-like
experience. Plus excellent signage and law
enforcement at major intersections for safety.
To mark its 10th anniversary Tour de
Big Bear is introducing a new shorter 10K
ride that departs from the Village and
heads to Eagle Point with awesome views
along the way and only minimal climbing.
Next step up is Tour de Big Bear proper, a
25-mile route with 1,300 feet of climbing.
Big Bear Valley Tour is double the
distance at 50 miles and sports over 3,000
feet of climbing. Then there’s the Grand
Tour at 70 miles and 4,800 feet of climbing.
At 106 miles The Climb sports 9,500 feet
of challenging climbing including
ascending Onyx Summit...twice! It’s a
timed event for training purposes.
If that’s not enough there’s The Challenge,
a 109-mile ride—all at altitude—with over
10,000 feet as it climbs Onyx Summit twice
and heads out past Snow Valley to Green
Valley Lake and back.
All Tour de Big Bear riders receive a
goodie bag, custom-made finisher medal
and high performance technical shirt along
with complimentary bike valet so they can
enjoy the expo and raffle without worry.
The two-day cycling expo in the Village on
Friday and Saturday with 40-plus vendors,
live entertainment and New Belgium Fat
Tire Beer Garden attracts even non-riders.
Plus cheer on cyclists on the Freedom Ride
from Bend, Ore. to Newport Beach, raising
awareness of human trafficking.
The famous aid stations are worth the
price of admission themselves, offering
delicacies like ribs, fruit, bacon, smoothies
and much more. Even a chocolate
fountain! Plus 3,000 gallons of water,
generously donated by Arrowhead.
Some 300 volunteers help Big Bear
Cycling produce a professional-quality
event that attracts riders from around
the Southland including top teams. Last
year participants came from 18 states
and six countries.
Come up a few days early to acclimate
to Big Bear’s 7,000 ft. elevation prior to the
Tour. There’s free group rides held by Big
Bear Cycling so competitive and
recreational cyclists can get used to the thin
air by biking on roads and trails in a
beautiful mountain landscape.
Crafts & Cranks Racing, Beer Fest
Mountain bike race, beer festival, live
music, even carnival rides.
The 5th annual Crafts & Cranks returns
to Snow Summit July 20-21 with all of the
above and more. The one-of-a-kind event
features serious mountain bike
competition with some of the world’s top
pros vying for huge cash purse that last
year was $43,500, largest on the West
Coast. Races include California Endoro
Series and State cross-country
championships, Endurance #6 series final
and Snow Summit downhll series final.
Sample 40-plus craft beers from over a
dozen of Southern California’s favorite
breweries from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Big-name
live music—last year featured
Guttermouth—carnival rides like Ferris
wheel and Tornado, terrific vendor village
and more round out Crafts & Cranks. And
if that’s not enough, there’s always Base
Camp attractions to enjoy along with the
Crafts & Cranks admission is free. Beer
tasting tickets, which include souvenir
event glass, and carnival passes available
Call (844) GO-2-BEAR
BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019 • 11
BIG BEAR LAKE
We’ve got your Water Sport!
New Pontoons, Tour Boat
at Big Bear Marina
Six brand-spanking new pontoon
boats, still with that new boat smell.
New tour boat. New fishing boats,
even a crackerjack new boat mechanic.
Other than all that, not much is
happening at Big Bear Marina!
With the lake rising nearly 10 feet after
the big winter Big Bear Marina’s launch
ramp is again operating along with fuel
dock. The convenience store with fishing
bait and tackle, snacks, beer, wine, ice and
much more is again in its easy access
location adjacent to the parking lot.
Looks to be a great Big Bear Summer
at the marina. Water enthusiasts are going
to love the new 2019 Lowe pontoon boats
equipped with everything necessary for a
day of play. Bluetooth-compatible, each
sports premium sound system with fourway
speakers including bass with iPhone
and USB connectivity.
With comfortable bench seating, drink
holders, slip-resistant vinyl flooring and
lots of storage, each pontoon boat is a
virtual floating living room. Bimini tops
provide shade on sunny days and there’s
lots of storage to keep gear out of the way.
Larger pontoons accommodate up to 12,
smaller ones 10 and feature high-tec fourstroke
Mercury outboard motors.
Pontoon boats are the comfortable way
to explore with ample seating and shade,
and Big Bear Marina has 34 of them in its
fleet, many newer. Load up the family,
coolers, picnic lunch, canoes or kayaks,
even the family dog and head our for fun
on the water, whether you’re trolling for
trout with fishing lines in the water or
anchored in a quiet cove where the kids
can swim. They’re as easy to drive as a car
so even inexperienced skippers have no
Big Bear Marina also has new fishing
boats that figure to get plenty of use this
year. The 14-foot aluminum vessels seat up
to four anglers and are perfect for going
out to where the fish are biting.
“Fishing has been good, really good,
amazing actually,” said Big Bear Marina’s
Steve Fengler. “We offer specials on lures
throughout the year that change weekly
depending on what the fish are biting on.
The store is well-stocked now. We even
have Make America Great
The marina is also Big
Bear’s official weigh station
with its only tournament
scale. If you hook up with a
big one be sure to hit
“Mac’s Shack” at Big Bear
Marina and see if you have
a lake record trout, large or
smallmouth bass, crappie or
For self-propelled fun
check out the marina’s new
water bikes, only ones on
the lake. These recumbent
bike-style rides feature handlebars and
pedals, but instead of two wheels there’s
two pontoons. Making the rides very
stable, even in rough water.
Plus water bikes are comfortable and
practically maneuver on a dime with a 10-
foot turning radius. With rudder and
propeller water bikes have boating
features but are as simple to ride as any
cycle on land.
“They go three knots without having to
pedal very hard at all,” Fengler said. “And
they move through the water even into the
Bike the lake with new rides at Big Bear Marina
Ample deck space allows water bikes to
carry up to three people. “Or a couple can go
out and bring a cooler,” Fengler said. “Plus
there’s a tray up front to put your phone or
snacks. They’re a great way to have fun and
get exercise at the same time.”
Standup Paddleboards are also musclepowered,
the latest rage to hit Big Bear
Lake. Stand up on
the Hobie surfboardlike
boards nearly 12 feet long and
paddle to enjoy the lake and get
exercise at the same time.
Big Bear Marina has 18
kayaks including single,
double and even triples.
Plus two-person pedal
boats as legs are the
A new fullycovered
boat arrived in
May that seats 30
and has its own
potty. It joins the
favorite Big Bear Queen, skippered by
the lake’s most experienced and
knowledgeable captain, Chris Bellows.
The colorful boat with the flags and
paddlewheel offers the lake’s most
colorful narration as Bellows relays Big
Bear’s colorful history, much of which has
family has seen first hand.
His father Dave skippered the Queen
for many years and now Chris continues
the family tradition. The 2. p.m. outing is
the lake’s only guaranteed tour, sailing
every day even with only one person on
board. Saturday sunset cruises sail at
twilight from July 6 through August 31, as
guests enjoy the nicest part of the day on
the lake with beverages they bring and
snacks provided on board. New moonlight
cruises are expected to debut this summer
Call Big Bear Marina at (909) 866-
Pirate Ship Tours, RV
Park at Holloway's
Every pirate ship worth its sea salt has
a plank to walk. Time Bandit does too,
except guests use it to get on and off the
Indeed the one-third size replica of a
17th century Spanish galleon that sets sail
daily from Holloway’s Marina for the
most unique tours of Big Bear Lake has
everything pirates need for swashbuckling
adventure. Three 50-foot masts, rigging,
firing cannon that billows smoke with
each thunderous shot, treasure chest filled
with booty, Jolly Roger flag, it’s all
here...right down to rum drinks poured by
a scurvy-dressed wench, as Time Bandit
offers the only full cocktail service found
on any lake vessel. Yo-ho-ho there’s a
bottle of rum! Plus wine, whiskey, beer
Guests “aargh” sure to have a good
time aboard the famous pirate ship as they
take in the lake’s sights and sites during
daily tours all Big Bear Summer long. If
Time Bandit looks familiar it’s because
you’ve seen her before; she starred in the
1981 movie of the same name. More
recently, she made world news a few years
back after sinking at her berth during a big
Sail on a pirate ship
that was in a movie!
12 • BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019
storm. Time Bandit was raised and
completely refurbished and is now better
Built by a father and son team in their
backyard over a nearly 10 year period,
Time Bandit is much more than a mere
movie prop, weighing an incredible 27 tons
with lead keel and 38-foot waterline.
She’s been sailing the Big Bear seas for
over a decade as one of the most unique
tourist attractions around. Other tour
boats see the many movie locations in Big
Bear, but Time Bandit was one! Formerly
berthed at the San Diego Maritime
Museum, she also toured Los Angeles
Harbor and Newport Beach’s Fun Zone in
her colorful past. Getting Time Bandit to
Big Bear was a feat in itself, requiring 28
different permits and a 2-1/2 day journey
from Dana Point.
Up to 25 guests enjoy topside seating as
they sail the lake in search of pillage and
plunder, powered by reliable outboard
engines instead of sails. When Time
Bandit cruises around a point and into a
bay she looks like a sight straight from the
Youngsters especially love Time
Bandit, since they get to raid the treasure
chest in search of “booty” that includes
toys and rub-on tattoos so they can look
the part too. The captains even let kids
take a turn at the wheel, during daily 90-
minute trips out of Holloway’s Marina at
2 p.m. plus noon, 4 and 6 p.m. as demand
When other vessels approach Time
Bandit sends shots across their bows with
her mighty cannon, packed with firing
powder. “Fire in the hole” is the captain’s
call, followed by a roaring “boom!” that
echoes across the lake.
Holloway’s Marina is also home to Get
Wet Water Sports Center, which offers the
largest selection of waverunners and jet
skis on the lake. Choose from multi seat
Sea Doos and Yamaha SUVSs to threeperson
rides and even two-seaters.
Combined with machines at
North Shore Landing
there’s a fleet of over 20 rides, so there’s
usually a ski available even in busy
Personal watercraft have come a
long way since the days of the stand-up
jet ski, which required skill to mount
though once you did, they were as fun
as anything out there now. Get Wet still
has one around for the occasional
diehard who wants it. But sit-down
versions bring the sport to the masses; if
you can ride a bike, you can ride a
Four-stroke (or cycle) waverunners
are clearly the machines of choice for
lake enthusiasts. Four-cycles have
about 20% more power than twos, nice
at Big Bear’s Lake’s 6,750 ft. elevation,
and they’re so stable they exude a
feeling of confidence riders pick up on.
Best of all, four-cycles are friendlier to
Early birds get the glassy lake and
deals like the 10-10-10 discount on jet
ski rentals at Get Wet Water Sports
Center. Go out before 10 a.m. any
morning when the lake is at its best and
get 10% off plus an extra 10 minutes
free on any jet ski rental.
Park is considered one
of the nicest and most
by lake on one side
and quiet Metcalf Bay
neighborhood on the
other, there’s 118 level
sites with trees and full
hookups that have
been upgraded to 50
amp service. Each has
great lake or
mountain views and
all are well away from
busy street noise. At
Holloway’s, campers hear only boats
Camping at the RV Park dates back
over a hundred years ago when “Dad”
Charles Holloway rented lakeside
cabins for a buck a head per night. The
present day park was developed in the
early 1970’s by the Hafen and Turner
families, who continue to operate the
Holloway’s offers complete facilities
including convenience store with
everything from beer and wine to
groceries, ice and camping supplies.
There’s also a nice kids playground,
propane, hot showers, laundry and
dump station—everything RVers need
for an escape to the mountains.
And the full-service marina is just
steps from your trailer. Rent a pontoon
or fishing boat, go paddleboarding, take
out a kayak, all just a short stroll away.
Call Holloway’s Marina (909-866-
5706), North Shore Landing (909-
878-4FUN) or www.800bigbear.com.
Play in the spray
to beat the heat
continues on page 14
Fish for Bucks, Boat at
The big winter has resulted in a big influx of fresh water into
Big Bear Lake, making for incredible fishing that should
continue all Big Bear Summer long.
In fact over 17,000 acre
feet of water has brought
the lake level up nearly 10
feet from its low last fall.
With each acre foot
measuring 325,851 gallons,
that’s a lot of fresh water
coming in and the fish seem
to like it.
The spring bite has been
very active with lots of limits
reported and large trout
taken. Plus 100,000 trout—
that’s no typo— are set to
be planted in 2019, with
some put into the lake in
early April and the rest in
June just prior to “Fishin’
for $50K” on June 8-9.
Tons of cash prizes are
on the line during the event
with five tagged grand prize
fish good for $10,000 each.
Still another 75 are worth
cash prizes, with 25 tagged
fish worth up to $200 each Anyone can catch Trout in Big Bear!
and 50 consolation trout
worth $50. That’s a total of 80 tagged trout out there and while grand prize trout was
elusive last year, lots of $200 fish were reeled in.
If that’s not enough, someone will take home a fishing kayak courtesy of Hobie
and Big Bear Sporting Goods at the Sunday awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. at Bartlett
events area where there’s general raffle for thousands of dollars in fishing gear, bait
and tackle from national manufacturers.
Fishing is from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. The $80 entry is for both derby days and
includes free Pautzke Fire Bait and a wristband that provides discounts at local
restaurants, shops and services. $20 of each entry goes to Big Bear Lake trout fishery
Get 50% off entry by booking lodging or pontoon boat rental for the event. The
event is limited to the first 750 anglers. Call (800) 424-4232.
Back for its 15th year is the annual Western Outdoor News Big Bear Lake
Troutfest, held October 5-6. Co-sponsored by Holloway’s and Big Bear Marinas, the
event has become one of the premier fishing tournaments in the region and for good
reason: everyone who enters gets goodie bag stuffed with line, hooks, sinkers and
more, and someone is going to take home a boat and trailer valued at almost $20,000.
Trout have landed trucks for lucky anglers and there’s again tons of prizes at stake.
The lake sees $15,000 trout stock in advance of the event by Western Outdoor News
to make sure anglers enjoy heavy-hitting action.
Every entry has a chance to take home the grand raffle prize: a $13,000 Klamath
boat package with trailer and 20 hp Suzuki Marine tiller. There’s also a Sea Eagle
Fish SUP valued at $1,300.
All participants receive one raffle ticket— no others are sold— for prizes like
exotic fishing trips, getaways, fishing gear and more. Tens of thousands of dollars in
cash and prizes are up for grabs during the event and there’s also a special raffle for
juniors with separate grand prize.
All anglers are eligible for the $5,000 blind bogey contest, in which $20 from each
entry fee is put into a pool with 25% of the proceeds going to fishermen whose
catches come closest to predetermined weights.
Fishing gets underway each day at 6:30 a.m. and continues till 4 p.m. Saturday, 2
p.m. on Sunday. The $75 entry includes event hat and Sunday barbecue, blind bogey
contest and raffle ticket. Registration is limited to 1,000 anglers and the first 600 to
sign up receive the free well-stocked goodie bag. To register call (949) 366-0248.
Visit bigbearfishingassociation.org. ■
BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019 • 13
Lake Activities, continued from page 13
More the Merrier at
Pleasure Point for SUP Fun
Why go paddleboarding solo
when you can bring the whole
Pleasure Point Marina rents Airhead’s
Super SUP that accommodates up to 8
paddlers, so big even the dogs can come
along Everyone gets to experience the fun
of dipping a blade into the cool lake water
as up to eight riders simultaneously stroke
to provide propulsion around peaceful
Metcalf Bay, where calm tranquil water is
ideal for paddleboard fun.
“The trick is to get
everyone paddling at the
same time,” noted
“Some find it hard,
for some it’s really
easy. It’s a real
experience for sure
and no one gets left
behind.” Life vests are
provided for safety.
With eight inches of
nose/tail rocker—just like modern
powder skis and snowboards have—the
inflatable Super SUP glides through the
water. It’s super stable with sturdy, rigid
platform and recommended for all ability
levels, especially beginners who appreciate
the extra wide platform with plenty of
room to stand and stroke. Paddle or just
float and enjoy the lake and mountain
At 18-1/2 feet long and five feet wide
the board looks like it could accommodate
Paul Bunyan, making for a stable SUP
platform. EVA traction pad and heavyduty
reinforced drop stitch construction
are other nice features.
Pleasure Point is the only marina on the
lake offering SUP for up to eight after
acquiring the gargantuan board at a Las
Vegas marine show. Of course guests can
go out solo on it but really this is a ride
meant for families or groups and it’s a lot
to handle without help.
“The bay is the best area for a board
this big because it’s clean, smooth and
safe,” added Pleasure Point’s Carole Shaw.
Super SUP rents for $50 for the first hour,
$45 each additional hour, pretty affordable
fun when shared by a group!
Pleasure Point is the second oldest
continuously operated marina on Big Bear
Lake, first opening in 1914 as Belt’s Boat
House. In 1926 the name was changed to
Pleasure Point Marina and the “History
Wall” in the office documents its treasured
history. Cowboy legends Roy Rogers and
his wife Dale Evans had a cabin nearby
and were regular fishing guests!
Today Pleasure Point is a full-service
membership-owned marina that offers a
range of water activities including pontoon
and fishing boats, kayaks, jet skis, pedal
Super SUP Carries 8!
boats, and of course SUP boards including
the Super “8”. Plenty of paved parking too,
In addition Pleasure Point is an official
weigh station and offers Fishing Charter
too. Plus full-service repair shop, snacks,
fishing gear and gas dock.
Call (909) 866-2455. ■
Real Gear...Real Track...
Sodi Kart Racing
• Grand Prix-Style
• Races Timed,
Fastest Times Posted
• Safety First With Helmets,
• Single & Double Karts with
2 Steering Wheels
(passenger must be
min. 36” tall)
Open April – October
Daily Summer Season
(Starting June 8th)
KART RACING in BIG BEAR
Free Print Out
of Lap Time Results
• Opening Summer 2019
• 6,400 square feet of challenges
• 2 Stories Tall
Located at Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd. • Big Bear Lake
14 • BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019
Canoe, Kayak Tours Back at Discovery Center, Treks Too
Nearly 10 feet of new lake level is
enough to see the return of popular
canoe and kayak Eco-Tours offered
by Big Bear Discovery Center.
The big winter and even spring showers
brought Big Bear Lake up enough to fill
marinas and coves, including Grout Bay,
where guided kayak and canoe tours will
again paddle their way through marshes and
around secluded north shore locations in
search of great blue herons, baby ducks and
even beaver. Guests may even spot Big Bear’s
famous bald eagles including two hatchlings
born this spring!
Tours are mid-June through August. Canoe
outings are on Fridays from 4-6 p.m. and
Sundays 1-3 p.m. Kayakers head out Saturdays
from 4-6 p.m. and Sundays 9-11 a.m.
The two hour tours led by naturalists begin
with a quick paddling lesson and then groups
head to the water to experience dipping a
blade. Along the way paddlers learn about the
history of the lake, gold mining, and various
animals found here.
Of course every day is a good day to visit
Discovery Center, open Thursday-Monday
from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., which last year celebrated
its 20th year as Big Bear’s recreation
destination Think visitor center on steroids
with exhibits, displays that depict Big Bear’s
colorful history including the gold rush, hiking,
biking and off-road maps, camping
information and much more.
It’s also a great place to park and hike or
from Discovery Center.
Family activities at
include Gold Panning
Saturdays from 10
a.m.– noon. The “gold”
that fills their pans is
really just pyrite, but
Guided canoe and kayak tours return in 2019! kids love to swirl sand
and water just like
bike to nearby Cougar Crest Trail since no miners did 150 years ago in Holcomb Valley
Adventure Pass is needed. Hands-on during Southern California’s largest gold rush.
activities for kids include the free Nature
Discovery Zone, which opened three years
ago with unstructured play areas just for
Kids take their findings home with them and
even a certificate, included in the $3 fee. Held
through September 1.
youngsters. Nine interactive areas encourage
outdoor exploration In addition there’s an
adjacent half-mile interpretive loop, strollerfriendly
for a forest walk the whole family can
Saturdays at 1 and 2 p.m. and Sundays at
11 a.m. and noon, there’s free Nature Walks
around Discovery Center’s forested grounds
with a naturalist, who identifies mountain
flora and fauna along the way. These 30-
minute adventures are non-strenuous and
Caught in the Discovery Zone
perfect for the entire family.
Popular Evening Programs are held
Naturalists also lead Thursday Night Hikes
at 7 p.m. through August 30 along Cougar
Crest Trail. Learn how the forest changes as
the sun goes down during these free hourlong
non-strenuous outings. Meet at Serrano
Fridays and Saturdays except concert nights
through August 30 at 8 p.m. There’s campfires,
singalongs, informative ranger talks and more,
sponsored by California Land Management.
Suggested donation is $5.
Build a Birdhouse during two-hour
programs sponsored by Butcher’s Block.
Bluebirds love the well-designed avian
residences families build together on June 15
and 29, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10, 24, and 31 and
the cost is just six bucks per kit.
Discover the worldwide scavenger hunt
known as Geocaching during 90-minute
introductions to the fun activity. Learn how to
go online to find caches, use a GPS to track
them, and become educated on the
environmental ethics of the sport. Programs
are free and held from 9-10:30 a.m. June 29,
July 13 and 27, and August 10 and 24.
Give back to the forest during Community
Trail Work Parties from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. as
volunteers smooth ruts, maintain switchbacks
and build water diversions. Get down and
dirty giving trails love on May 25, June 22, July
27, Aug. 24 and Sept.. 28.
Greenthumbs volunteer days are also back
in 2019. Efforts focus on restoring disturbed
land in the forest and improving habitat for
rare wildlife and plant species including
monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Activities include collecting and dispersing
native seeds, and planting native trees, shrubs
and nectar rich species in the forest. Dates are
on June 15, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 28 and
Pick up free Big Bear Today Magazine in
town for the latest events or call Big Bear
Discovery Center (909) 866-3437. ■
BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019 • 15
Fast Times, New Ropes Course
At age 15 AJ Wayne wasn’t old
enough to drive but he already
had a license. To race, in fact, at
Big Bear Speedway, where he registered
the track’s second fastest time of the day
one Saturday, even as he counted down the
days till his learner’s permit.
Better yet, his clocking of 25.77 was 14th
fastest of the month at Big Bear Speedway,
faster even than his dad Matt’s time of
26.02. Truly a quarter-second makes all the
difference in the world when you’re racing
against the clock.
State of the Art
2-Story Ropes Course
Feed your need for speed at Big Bear
Speedway, as racers negotiate high-tech
Sodi Karts around a one-fifth mile Grand
Prix-style track. Tires squealing in the turns,
engines roaring, push the karts to the limit
in a real Go-Pro experience while hitting
speeds up to 30 mph. Tecpro barriers used
in Formula 1 and circuits around the world
line the track to make the experience even
These aren’t your parent’s go-karts
from yesteryear; Sodi’s RT8 is a fully
featured vehicle with self-adjusting
hydraulic brakes and vacuum fuel pumps
that come straight from the automotive
industry. The karts handle like race cars
and the Honda Whisper Motors generate
amazing power, enough for cars to lay
rubber through turns though virtually
impossible to roll.
The racing experience at Big Bear’s
fastest attraction begins in the base lodge
where first time guests view a two-and-ahalf
minute safety video.
Then they’re issued Big
Bear Speedway licenses—
complete with picture—
good for one year and
assigned a heat number.
After donning head
socks and helmets adorned
with visors and last minute
instructions, the pit crew
waves drivers onto the track
in staggered starts, no more than 11 cars per
heat. First lap is not timed so racers can get a
feel for the car and track. Timing starts with
the second lap and drivers get about seven to
nine laps or more depending on how fast they
go. At the end of the heat drivers are waved in
to the pit area where they get a printout of
their time and the six fastest times in the heat.
The leader in karting, Sodi Karts
balance speed and safety with four point
seat belts and Extra Enhanced remote
controls so the pit crew can shut down or
throttle back any or all karts at any time for
safety. Sodi RT8 sports design elegance
and fully adjustable pedals to serve up the
ultimate race experience. Big Bear
Speedway has 17 single karts and six
doubles which have two steering wheels
and two brake pedals for training or parent
riding with a child. Times are posted for all
to see plus there’s family priced snack bar
and video games.
Initial Big Bear Speedway membership is
$20 (double kart $25) which includes license
valid for one year, one race and mandatory
head sock worn under the helmet.
Subsequent visits cost $15 per race or buy
credits in advance which are stored on your
license for a year and save up to 30%.
Active law enforcement, fire and
military personnel again get 2-for-1 racing
Be Part of
Put the pedal to the metal
at Big Bear Speedway
during Badge Days all Big Bear Summer
and the discount is now valid each
Monday through Thursday (nonholiday).
Just show proper ID and get two
Speedway passes for the price of one, a $20
value. The badge holder can have the free
race added to their license and use it
themselves, or give to someone else.
Look for the latest attraction to open at
Big Bear Speedway Big Bear Summer
2019. The new two-story ropes course
6,400 square feet of challenging elements
including 80’ zip line and is the first of its
kind in Big Bear. The course has tate-ofthe-art
safety harnesses and is a custom
design of the Sky Trail Discovery by
Ropes Courses Inc.
Big Bear Speedway is in the parking lot
at Snow Play (42825 Big Bear Blvd.) Call
(909) 585-0075. ■
Sept. 7 – Nov. 2
16 • BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019
• 27 Beers
Pre-purchase Tickets at www.BigBearEvents.com
More Weekends... More Fun!
• 4 Oktoberfest Bands
Direct from Germany!
Pre-Tickets on Sale • Mid-July
The Convention Center at Big Bear Lake
Corner of Division Dr. & Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake
S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 C A L E N D A R
E V E N T S
Big Bear Happenings
(Use area code 909 with these telephone numbers unless otherwise indicated.)
Contact us on-line for calendar updates! www.bigbeartodaymag.com
Big Bear Discovery Center - 866-3437
"Music in the Mountains"
Discovery Center Outdoor Concert Series
July 6 - Bee Gees Gold / AbbaFab
July 20 - Hollywood U2 / Pat Benatar Tribute
August 3 - Bob Seger / Creedence Clearwater Revival Tributes
August 17 - Willie Nelson / Johnny Cash Tributes
August 31 The Long Run Tribute to the Eagles / K-Tel All-Stars
· · ·
Farmers Market - Convention Center
Tuesdays through October
· · ·
Big Bear Historical Museum - 585-8100
Open 10:00am Weekends, Wednesdays and Holiday Mondays
Memorial Weekend into September
25-26 • Maifest Spring Celebration,
Convention Center, 585-3000.
26 • Free Car Show and Pinewood
Derby, Big Bear Snow Play, 585-0075.
Discovery Center, 866-3437.
Center, (888) 412-4477
Shootout #1 with cross-country,
events, Snow Summit, 633-6729.
Swearing In, Convention Center,
8-9 • “Fishin’ for $50K,” Big Bear
15 • Snow Summit Series mountain
15 • MountainTop Strings Peak
15 • Movies in the Meadow “School of
15 • 23rd Annual Holcomb Valley 7K,
15-16 • Carp Roundup on Big Bear
22-23 • 25thAnnual Trailriders Big Bear
22-23 • Team Big Bear Mountain Bike
Shootout #2 with cross-country,
downhill, endurance and enduro
events, Snow Summit, 633-6729.
29 • Snow Summit Series mountain
bike #2, 866-5766.
4 • 4th of July Fun Run, Meadow Park,
4 • Independence Day Fair,
Convention Center, 585-3000.
4 • July 4th Fireworks and Rotary Best
View BBQ on the lake, Marina Resort,
(800) 4 BIG BEAR.
4 • Above the Boom fireworks party,
Snow Summit, 866-5766.
4-7 • Art on the Corner, Big Bear
5-7 • “South Pacific: in Concert” by Big
Bear Theatre Project, PAC, 866-4970.
6 • Free Bird Walk, Chirp Nature
Center, (888) 412-4477
6 • Big Bear Air Fair, airport, 585-3219.
6 • Movies in the Meadow “Trolls,”
Snow Summit, 866-5766.
6 • Free Fishing Day on the lake, no
license required, 866-5796.
7 • Paddle Big Bear, Meadow Park,
(800) 4-BIG BEAR.
11 • KOLA-FM Slide Day at Alpine
12-14 • “South Pacific: in Concert”
by Big Bear Theatre Project, PAC,
13 • Ice Cream Safari, Big Bear Alpine
13 • ICS-Sanctioned Big Bear Chili
Cook Off, Bartlett Parking Lot,
(800) 4-BIG BEAR.
19 • Jefferson Starship in concert at
The Cave, 878-0204.
19-20 • Women’s Club Flower Show,
20 • Xeriscape Garden Tour, Sierra
20 • International Ride Mountain Bike
Day & Red Bull movie, Snow Summit,
20-21 • Crafts & Cranks brewfest/
mountain biking, Snow Summit,
20-21 • Renaissance Faire, Pedersen
Mill in Fawnskin, 237-0448.
21-22 • Renaissance Faire, Pedersen
Mill in Fawnskin, 237-0448.
21-27 • National Zookeeper Week,
Alpine Zoo, 584-1299.
24-28 • Festival Angaelika, PAC,
27 • Teddy Bear Clinic, Big Bear
Alpine Zoo, 584-1299.
27 • “Spirits of the West Brewsfest”
Celebrating National Day of the
Cowboy, Convention Center, 585-3000.
27 • Ted Nugent in concert at The
27-28 • Summer Artwalk Fine Arts
Festival, Bartlett Events area, (818)
27-28 • Renaissance Faire, Pedersen
Mill in Fawnskin, 237-0448.
2-3 • Big Bear Lake Quilters Guild
Show, The Lodge Holiday Inn,
3 • Tour de Big Bear, Southern
Center, (888) 412-4477.
Breaks the Internet,” Snow Summit,
3-4 • Renaissance Faire, Pedersen Mill
in Fawnskin, 237-0448.
9-11 • Antique Car Club Annual Fun
Run, in the Village, 866-4607.
10 • Ryan Hall’s “Conquer The Wall,”
Snow Summit, 866-5796.
10 • Snow Summit Series mountain
10-11 • Renaissance Faire, Pedersen
Mill in Fawnskin, 237-0448.
16-17 • Kodiak 100 Ultramarathon,
finish festival in the Village, 744-4056.
17 • Movies in the Meadow
“Ratatouille,” Snow Summit,
17 • Antique Wooden Boat Show, Pine
Knot Marina, 844-5337.
31 • Free Fishing Day on the lake, no
license required, 866-5796.
31 • Cool Run in the Mountains Car
Show, Convention Center, 585-3000.
31 • World Peace Music & Poetry, PAC,
31-September 1 • Mountain Treasures
Quilt Show, Middle School, 866-3906.
1-3 • “Art on the Corner” in the
Center, (888) 412-4477.
Train Your Dragon: The Hidden
7-8 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest, every
12-15 •FoxUS Open of Mountain
Biking, Snow Summit, 866-5766.
Convention Center, 585-3000.
21 • 16th Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand
Rails Summer Snowboard event, Bear
21-22 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest,
Only 7000 Ft. Away
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27 • Gary Puckett & The Union Gap in
concert at The Cave, 878-0204.
28 • Big Bear Mountain Bike Gran
Fondo and Grizzly 100, the Village,
28-29 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest,
Convention Center, 585-3000.
5 • Free Bird Walk, Chirp Nature
5 • Big Bear Yoga Festival, PAC,
5-6 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest,
5-6 • Western Outdoor News Big Bear
12-13 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest,
Convention Center, 585-3000.
18 • Oktoberfest Unplugged, ConventionCenter,585-3000.
19-20 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest,
26 • Howl-Oween, Big Bear Alpine
26-27 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest,
Convention Center, 585-3000.
31 • Halloween in the Village, 866-4607.
1-2 • Big Bear Comedy Festival, in the
tion Center, 585-3000.
15-17 • “Importance of Being Earnest”
by Big Bear Theatre Project, PAC, 866-
22-24 • “Importance of Being Earnest”
28 • Big Bear Turkey Trot, 3, 6 and 9
mile runs, Meadow Park, (800) 4-BIG
29 • Santa’s Grand Entrance and
29-December 1 • Mountain Christmas
Boutique, Convention Center, 585-3000.
Bear City, 585-2362.
Snow Summit, 866-5766.
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18 • BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019
Worldclass Skyline Trail Fun to Hike or Bike
Judging from the tracks Big Bear’s
newest trail is more popular with twowheelers
Which is fitting because the people
responsible for creating Skyline Trail are
well represented by cyclists, both road and
mountain. Just when it seemed like there
would never be another new local trail
after a couple decades without one, along
came Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation
which has built some and rehabilitated still
more to Forest Service standards. It’s since
become part of Mountains Foundation,
but by any name the group continues to
repair and create path in Big Bear.
The showcase effort is Skyline Trail,
about 15 miles of worldclass singletrack
that spans Big Bear Valley’s southern
ridge. The trailhead at Skyline’s eastern
terminus off Clubview just past Bear
Mountain is inviting with parking, trail
system sign and benches. Actually the
trailhead services two routes, Skyline and
also Fern that heads north, one of several
trails being reworked as part of a revamp
of the South Shore system. Along the way
Skyline accesses numerous paths
legendary in mountain biker lore, like
Pirates and Cabin 89.
Ascending up the ridge Skyline feels a
lot like sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail
with gradual uphill stretches and sharp
switchbacks. Its multi-use design has a low
average grade of 7-8% so mountain bikers
generally don’t get going too fast, pleasing
equestrians and hikers who also share it. In
truth, most users ride instead of walk it, so
buddy John Daskam and I as two-footers
stand out from the rest when we’re on it.
The trail is perfect in every way,
professionally designed by Dave Kotlarski
with the assistance of Gavin Burkey from
Southern California Mountains
Foundation and Jeanette Granger of the
Forest Service. Unlike long upper sections
of the trail which were machine cut, the
first 2.5 miles of the eastern section was
hand-cut. International Mountain Bike
Association (IMBA) analyzed much of
the South Shore Network and helped flag
the general route.
Much of the trail’s early eastern
sections are dotted with oak trees, some of
which sadly appear to be under attack. In
the fall this section is spectacular as the
oaks turns yellow and rust colored for a
real autumn feel.
The trail gradually climbs up the ridge as
views of Big Bear Lake and the East Valley
emerge. A mile of so in it crosses 2N10,
commonly known as Skyline Dr. and the
trail’s namesake, and continue to climb. It’s
another mile-and-a-half to the top of the
Southern ridge, about 600 ft. elevation gain,
where Radford Rd. descends to Seven
Oaks at the trail junction.
Continue further on Skyline Trail and
the route circles behind Snow Summit as
views across the Santa Ana River canyon
to San Gorgonio Wilderness unfold,
including the 11,502 ft. mountain of the
same name, highest point in Southern
California. Go far enough to Skyline’s
western terminus in the Mill Creek area
and there’s still more trail options.
A forest fire is largely responsible for
Skyline Trail. After the Old Fire roared
through neighboring mountain
communities in 2003, fuel break was
created around Big Bear Valley including
the south shore, to give firefighters
2-wheelers love Skyline Trail,
2-footers do too
something to defend in the event of flames
coming up Santa Ana Canyon.
Environmental studies conducted for
the fuel break were applied to Skyline
Trail as well. And though the creation of a
fuel break is what made Skyline Trail
possible, there is plenty of natural shading
and forest canopy left behind to afford
quality hiking and biking.
On multiple visits we’ve spotted deer
along the way, apparently unfazed by
mountain bikers. ■
— by Marcus Dietz
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BIG BEAR SUMMER 2019 • 19
Zoo Adds 7 Species to Photo Ark, Move Coming Soon
Like Noah, Joel Sartore is building
an ark, and for both the mission is
the same: to save species from
The National Geographic
photographer is building his ark out of
photos instead of gopher wood,
documenting as many of the world’s
animal species with his camera as possible.
The opportunity to tick an elusive species
from his list brought Sartore to Big Bear
Alpine Zoo earlier this year, where he
planned on adding the
rare Humboldt flying
squirrel to his groundbreaking
Actually it’s been
known locally as the San
squirrel. “It’s no longer
considered a subspecies
but a species, which
interest,” said BBAZ
curator Bob Cisneros.
“When I first came here I
started trying to get him
to come up to photograph
Sartore began the Photo Ark in 2005
when his wife had cancer and he had time
to reflect during a break from National
Geographic to care for her and raise the
kids. How to get people to care that many
species around the globe face extinction?
So he set out to create a photographic
record of every species in captivity, 12,000
in all, and he’s 75% there with 9,000
images in his Ark and counting.
Turned out, coming to Big Bear Alpine
Zoo was a bonanza for Sartore. He
photographed seven species instead of just
the one, including the San Joaquin Kit Fox.
He also added bush rabbit, Steller’s jay,
acorn woodpecker, American crow and
the raven to his collection,
which continues to grow. View
it at JoelSartore.com but be
prepared to spend a lot of time
to see the entire Photo Ark!
When National Geographic
posted Benjamin the bush
rabbit on Instagram, people
took notice. “We doubled our
followers in less than one
night,” Cisneros said. “On
average 1,000 or so likes is
normally a good post. On
Easter Sunday we got 19,000!”
Benjamin is missing an eye
after being attacked by a pet.
“It’s a reminder to people to
keep their dogs and cats away
from wildlife,” Cisneros said.
Big Bear Alpine Zoo has been an ark in
its own right since its creation in 1959,
rescuing and rehabilitating animals. Those
that can be returned to the wild are release,
while those which can’t get homes for life.
Like two red foxes that arrived at the
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facility from gold country near Sutter
Creek. The orphans were less than a year
old when they arrived, very skinny.
“Red foxes are an invasive species in
California, and according to state law we
can’t rehabilitate and release an invasive
species,” Cisneros said. “So we can’t release
them but we can keep them on as
ambassadors. Now they’ve fluffed out. We
had to amputate the male’s tail. It was
broken out in the wild and was creating a
hardship so we had to remove it.”
The zoo also has
three new fallow
deer, in small,
medium and large
sizes. “You can’t
tell them apart
other than their size
said. “They’re about 20
pounds apart from the
biggest to the smallest. We’ve
tagged one and will tag the others so
we can tell them apart.”
One of only two alpine zoos in the
country—the other is in Colorado
Springs—Big Bear became an ideal home
for endangered Himalayan snow leopards
Mountain Lion... up close & personal
Asha and Shanti, which arrived from
Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle as part of
the program. The climate is much more
inviting for animals accustomed to living at
elevation, though the cats can’t see their
surroundings after being born with rare
eye conditions that left each blind.
The zoo is also home to four black bears,
which were introduced to the local
mountains a hundred years ago after the
grizzlies were extinct. “There’s 400
estimated in the San Bernardino
Mountains and 40,000 in the state,”
One of which is Pooh Bear.
The black bruin was
scheduled to be
euthanized after he
raided a honey farm
but was rescued by Big
grizzlies, as a
mother with two cubs
raided one too many
campsites in Yellowstone
and faced a death
So Big Bear is now one
grizzlies, the state
symbol, can be seen, and
these massive animals
with the rounded back
and several hundred
pounds are impressive.
Their toys include
empty beer kegs! At
one point Big Bear
Valley was flush with
grizzlies, but by early
after the turn of the
century all were gone.
The last California
grizzly was seen in
Sequoia National Park in 1924.
Mountain yellow-legged frogs have also
been part of the zoo’s focus. Endemic to
California but now endangered, the frogs
were found locally until fires, trout
predation and other factors thinned their
Kit Fox, one of 7 species added to
the Photo Ark, along with
Humboldt flying squirrel (middle)
and one-eyed bush rabbit
numbers to zero. The zoo will be a prerelease
facility for the frogs in
reintroduction efforts and will have them
All of which is keeping Big Bear Alpine
Zoo busy as it awaits its new location just
down Clubview Dr. Already the facility is
tantalizingly close to being complete, but
some enclosures have to be finished and
landscaping is a ways off yet, given all the
rain and snow of the winter.
“We’re looking at moving in late
summer, hopefully by Labor Day,”
Grizzly bears love to snooze
In the meantime Big Bear Alpine Zoo
remains a terrific family outing with 150-
plus animals on display. Noon animal
presentations and behavioral enrichment
programs are daily highlights.
The zoo is open daily at 10 a.m., till 5
p.m. Memorial Day weekend through
Labor Day, then closing at 4. Admission is
$12, $9 ages 3-10/60 and over, under three
BBAZ is at 43285 Goldmine Dr.
across from Bear Mountain. Call (909)
New Rides and Attractions at Alpine Slide
Soar, slide, soak, speed or swing this Big Bear Summer, with
a world of adventure awaiting at Alpine Slide.
In fact the area’s newest attraction is taking guests to new heights.
Soaring Eagle, first one in California, treats riders to spectacular
views of the lake and a thrilling 500 ft. descent during a ziplinetype
experience with a couple notable differences.
Riders sit instead of lie down and ride up to the top tower
backwards! And what a ride it is, dropping almost two football fields
in distance during a 125 foot descent that reaches speeds up to 26 mph.
Double seat belts secure up to two riders and they shoot to the top
in the opposite direction they come down, almost as exhilarating as the
descent itself. Soaring Eagle zips down above the tree tops and riders
hit top speed as they approach the bottom before the attraction comes
to a stop.
At $12 per ride Soaring Eagle is priced less than other similar
attractions. Riders can go solo or with a companion to share the
experience. Guests must be at least 42” tall and those between 42-48”
must ride with an adult. Photo and video of the experience can also be
The namesake Alpine Slide, another unique experience found only
in Big Bear, brings the thrills of Olympic bobsledding to the masses. Riders control how fast—
or slow—they go on the most unique ride around. Unleash your inner Olympian while
navigating sleds you control down two quarter-mile long cement tracks. The sleds sport ballbearing
wheels and teflon runners so snow and ice aren’t necessary, but otherwise the ride is the
same as drivers whip through turns and down long straightaways.
While similar tracks are found worldwide and at a couple dozen locations in the country,
mostly at prominent ski resorts, the closest other one is in Park City, Utah. Each ride serves up
the ultimate Go Pro moment as drivers with cameras donned shoot through the turns. Bobsled
rides cost just $6 each, or $25 for a five-ride book.
Then beat the heat with more thrills on the double water slide. The recently-refurbished
flumes are sliding as good as new or even better after gel coat was applied by Teca Aquatics,
same company that works on water parks around the country including Raging Waters in San
Flume #1 is considered the slower of the two, with a more gentle descent at the beginning
but a series of sharp turns at the bottom that really whip riders around. Flume #2 on slider’s
right drops quickly at the onset of the ride and takes riders through a series
of gyrating turns. Both rides end at the bottom by splashing sliders into the
solar heated pool.
Water slide rides are inexpensive—just $15 for an all day pass, 10 rides
for $10, or two bucks each. Going to be around for a few days or coming
back this Big Bear Summer? Season passes are just $49 valid Sunday
through Friday (excluding July 4) or $69 anytime.
A great way to beat the heat, and parents who don’t want to play don’t
have to pay to get in, unlike the soaking they get at down-the-hill water
parks. Spread a blanket out on the grass or take a seat on one of the two
outdoor decks and soak up rays while the kids play. And don’t forget the
family-priced snack bar inside the base lodge, including gourmet ice cream
Alpine Slide is also home to
Putt ‘N Around go-karts and
18-hole miniature golf course,
Fly like an eagle
filled with water hazards,
on newest attraction
breaking greens and “sand
traps” plus new carved bear
that’s really cool. Go-karts feature 5.5 horsepower
Honda motors and a slew of safety features like
professional three-point restraint systems similar to
those found in race cars, rack and pinion steering,
even roll bars.
Experience it all at a steep discount on the July
11 “Slide Day” held in conjunction with KOLA-
FM. There’s a live broadcast from the area, and for $24.99 guests receive an all-day water slide
pass, two trips down the Alpine Slide, one on the Soaring Eagle, Go-Kart ride and round on
miniature golf. The deal even includes hot dog lunch with chips and drink!
Alpine Slide is at 800 Wildrose Ln. on Big Bear Blvd. 1/4 mile west of the Village, home to 60
specialty shops. Call (909) 866-4626. ■
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History jumps out of the textbooks
and into the senses at Big Bear
Museum, where visitors
experience the past even as they learn
See how enormous a working fivestamp
mill really is. At one time these
massive machines were operating up and
down Holcomb Valley, pounding ore with
a thunderous roar in search for gold, some
mills even bigger with up to 40 piston-like
stamps at work. When it fires up on
weekends the powerful stamp mill in an
Hear working blacksmiths pounding
hot iron with repeated blows, just like they
did in every western town 150 years ago.
Smell the smoke as coal burns hot,
especially when the blacksmiths fan the
flames of the fire, which is where the
expression originally came from.
Feel muddy water swirl around your
hands in a working sluice while panning
for “gold” just like miners did during
largest gold rush, right
here in Big Bear.
Naturally the findings are
only pyrite aka “Fools
Gold” but they sparkle
inside vials sold for just 50
Taste a beverage
straight from Wild West
saloons, not whiskey but
sarsaparilla, just two
bucks for each ice cold
bottle. Truly visiting Big
Bear Museum is a treat
for all senses.
Now there’s more to
see and hear at the
museum with last year’s opening of an
exhibit dedicated to the late Mel Blanc,
“Man of a Thousand Voices.” Blanc was
the voice of great Warner Bros. voices like
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Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck,
Tweety Bird, Yosemite Sam and many
more along with Barney Rubble and even
Mr. Spacely from The Jetsons.
He built a home in Big Bear and a
portion of his life is on display at the
museum, from fishing pole and hat to early
photos and more. Guests can even hear his
Town Blacksmiths at work...
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by pulling the cord.
Next to Blanc’s exhibit is one dedicated
to the late Robert E. Lee Brown, known to
many as the “Leonardo of Leather” and
rightly so. His brilliant portraits intricately
cut into leather and then handpainted with
colors he mixed are breathtaking with a
couple on display. Like Blanc, Brown was a
master at his craft and he worked with
Hollywood’s most famous, dressing
cowboys from John Wayne and Hopalong
Cassidy to Lash LaRue and Sunset
Feed the senses outdoors where
blacksmiths including Jim Lanners, who
entertains with storytelling and banjo
when he’s not pounding hot iron into free
peanut butter pirate knives he gives to any
guest who wants one. All around there’s
mining equipment, most of it from local
operations including Rose and Gold
The latter was a 40-stamp mill operated
by Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin, who left his
name all over Southern California—
Baldwin Park is named after him. Baldwin
founded Santa Anita racetrack and made a
fortune in real estate and even at horse
racing, only to lose much of it on his 1875
mining operation in east Big Bear Valley
around Gold Mountain.
It’s wasn’t so much that they didn’t find
gold because they did, in large quantities,
but it was mostly low grade stuff that cost
more to extract than it was worth.
Subsequent owner J.R. DeLaMar rebuilt
the mine working the so-called “Mountain
of Gold” in 1900, using an advanced
cyanide process to separate gold more
economically, and at its peak pulled $4,000
a week from Gold Mountain Mine, but it
eventually shut down around 1920.
Kids get psyched for class by stepping
into the authentic schoolhouse and see
what it would have been like if they’d been
born 150 years ago. The museum’s display
is a re-creation of Anna Crain’s one-room
schoolhouse in Doble, one of the mining
towns that sprung up in Big Bear during
the gold rush, where she taught during the
early 1900’s. It’s so authentic because it’s
based on an old photo and even sports the
original bell, unearthed years ago and
donated to the museum.
Head to Minnie’s, the Camp Juniper
cabin moved from its original location on
the north shore near Alpine Pedal Path to
the museum and restored to represent the
kind of general store found in every
frontier town at the turn of the century, for
that cold sarsaparilla or water.
With print shop, dentist office and
barbershop, authentic cabins and more, the
museum located at Big Bear City Park is
really more of a western town. With teepee
and Native American kiic representative
of lodging used by local tribes.
The museum is at 800-B Greenway Dr.
in Big Bear City and open Wednesdays,
Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays
from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through second
weekend in September. Admission is just
$5, 14 and under free.
Call (909) 585-8100. ■
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