Big Bear Summer Magazine 2019







Lake Tours / Pontoon Parties / Cave Concerts / Water & Jet Skiing / Fishing

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There is Something for Everyone in The Village!

Dining • Shopping • Entertainment • Family Fun

Big Bear Lake, California

Any Season is Wonderful

in The Village

“The Heart of Big Bear

Friday Nights in the Village Live Music! Late Shopping!

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Clothing & Accessories

Gifts & Souvenirs, cont.

Antlers Boutique

Himalayan Handcraft Collection . . . 878-3068




















Oliver’s Emporium . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0388
























PTL Plus Ministries


Clothing Co.











Smoke Shop

Big Bear Mountain Resorts . . . . . . . 866-5766


Big Bear Outfitters

Superhero Toys N More

Bob's Sports Den & More

Teddy Bear Dolls & Collectable's

Boomers Sportshop





















Mountain Bear Apparel

United Wood Craftsman

Camp Crib . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0508

Village Music

Del Lagos Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-3949

Wings Jewelers

Earth’s Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0433

The Leather Depot

Home Decor

























Exciting Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-4080

LeRoy's Shoes & Clothing

Room to Room











The Village Faire

O-Koo-Ran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-6652

Accommodations / Rentals

Paisley Boutique

Big Bear Village Lodge

The Shirt Shanty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-7928



at Big Bear









Art Galleries

Fireside Lodge

Artisans Etc . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 878-0088

Knights Inn

Wild Coyote Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . 866-2140

Marina Resort

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











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572 Social . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-0307

Candle Dreams

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

& September



Jack in the Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-6436

Village Wine Walks!

Jaspers Smokehouse & Steaks

La Bamba Mexican Restaurant . . . 866-7696

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Laguna Grill

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Restaurants & Taverns,


Masala Craft Indian Cuisine


Saloon & Eatery










Exclusive Catering

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



Bistro .















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

Recreation, cont.

The Dock Club at Pine Knot Landing

Mountain Room Escape

Pine Knot Landing & Marina

Victoria Park Carriage Rides

Village Theaters North . . . . . . . . . 866-5115

Community Services

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

Stellar CrossFit

Stephen C. Noble, DDS

Special Effects

Studio 9 Hair Salon

The Copper Q . . . . . . . . . . . . . 878-4777 Summit

Dental .
















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

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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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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

and joy.


Sunset cruises


Big Bear


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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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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Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marcus G. Dietz

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Summer Spot

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

Mark Cade.

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, for the latest,

including magazine pages you can

download in PDF format. Click us up

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Concerts at

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!

Entertainment, continues on page 6

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Entertainment, continued from page 5

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 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—

doubleheaders each—highlight

“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


AbbaFab opens

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,”

”Fernando,” “Honey

Honey,” “Dancing

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

Entertainment, continues on page 7

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Entertainment, continued from page 6

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

sound that

personified the

legend. He’s

recognized as one

of the leading

Cash tribute

artists for good

reason; songs like

“Folsom Prison

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 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

$70,000 in

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

by Barnstorm

Restaurant, one of Big

Bear’s best. Kids hot

dog meal is $20.

Beer and wine are

available at the

Hydration Station

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


Entertainment, continued from page 7

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




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.



Stay 2 Weekend Nights, Get 3rd Night


* 3rd night either Sunday or Thursday

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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

Yucca basins

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

different vintners.

Proceeds benefit

National Day of the

Cowboy Association.

There’s two live

bands including

Disneyland favorite

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.

Big Bear

Renaissance Faire

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

consecutive weekends

from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

starting July 20-21 and

continuing July 27-28,

August 3-4 and 10-11.

There’s knights

jousting on horseback in

live competition, archery

tournament, live steel

battle, Queen

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.

Medieval Swordsplay

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



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49th Annual

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

proper ID.

Die Franken Power

Express returns to

Oktoberfest the

following two

weekends, Sept. 14-15

and 21-22. The eightpiece

Die Franken

Power Express Band

from Hammelburg

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

Oktoberfest’s stage.

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

party experience.

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

Riders performing

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,

Play Area

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

carrying competition.

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 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 and view each

page just like you were holding the book

in your hands.

Call the Convention Center at (909)

585-3000 or ■



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

Going Green

trail perfect

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

excitement of

bike park.

Going Green is

the natural next

progression, a

wide, winding,

gentle top-tobottom


Four miles long

with sweeping

berms and only

minimal braking

or pedaling, it

serves up

spectacular views

as it drops

through the

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

Summit’s summit.

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

movie rundown.

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

September 12-15.

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 for details.


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

cycling capital.

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

8,443 elevation.

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

Scenic Skychair.

Crafts & Cranks admission is free. Beer

tasting tickets, which include souvenir

event glass, and carnival passes available

for purchase.

Call (844) GO-2-BEAR



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

trouble navigating.

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

fishing poles.”

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

other species!

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

power source.

A new fullycovered


boat arrived in

May that seats 30

and has its own

potty. It joins the

marina's other

tour boat,


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

as well.

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

and more.

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!


storm. Time Bandit was raised and

completely refurbished and is now better

than ever.

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

the environment.

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.

Holloway’s RV

Park is considered one

of the nicest and most

popular facilities

around. Surrounded

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

and birds.

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

facility today.

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

Play in the spray

to beat the heat

Lake Activities,

continues on page 14

Fish for Bucks, Boat at

Trout Tourneys

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 ■


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

gang along?

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

Pleasure Point’s

Larry Whittington.

“Some find it hard,

for some it’s really

easy. It’s a real

team building

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

with x-cross


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. ■

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• Full-Featured

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• Grand Prix-Style



• Races Timed,

Fastest Times Posted

• Safety First With Helmets,

4-Point Restraints

• Single & Double Karts with

2 Steering Wheels

(passenger must be

min. 36” tall)

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Open April – October

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(Starting June 8th)



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Located at Big Bear Snow Play

42825 Big Bear Blvd. • Big Bear Lake


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

campground across

from Discovery Center.

Family activities at

Discovery Center

include Gold Panning

for youngsters

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

October 19.

Pick up free Big Bear Today Magazine in

town for the latest events or call Big Bear

Discovery Center (909) 866-3437. ■


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

more authentic.

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

the Story!

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. ■


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Sept. 7 – Nov. 2


• 27 Beers

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• German

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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



Big Bear Happenings

(Use area code 909 with these telephone numbers unless otherwise indicated.)

Contact us on-line for calendar updates!

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

May 2019

25-26 • Maifest Spring Celebration,

Convention Center, 585-3000.

26 • Free Car Show and Pinewood

Derby, Big Bear Snow Play, 585-0075.

June 2019


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,

15Kand33KTrail Runs,633-6729.

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.

July 2019

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

Village, 585-2868.

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

Slide, 866-4626.

12-14 • “South Pacific: in Concert”

by Big Bear Theatre Project, PAC,


13 • Ice Cream Safari, Big Bear Alpine

Zoo, 584-1299.

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,

PAC, 866-4970.

20 • Xeriscape Garden Tour, Sierra

Club, 866-4607.

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

Cave, 878-0204.

27-28 • Summer Artwalk Fine Arts

Festival, Bartlett Events area, (818)


27-28 • Renaissance Faire, Pedersen

Mill in Fawnskin, 237-0448.

August 2019

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.

September 2019

1-3 • “Art on the Corner” in the

Village, 585-2868.


Center, (888) 412-4477.


Train Your Dragon: The Hidden


7-8 • 49th Annual Oktoberfest, every


Center, 585-3000.

12-15 •FoxUS Open of Mountain

Biking, Snow Summit, 866-5766.

14• •




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



........................ 1 Hour

Inland Empire

........................ 1 Hour

Los Angeles

...................... 2 Hours

Palm Springs

................... 1.5 Hours

Orange County

...................... 2 Hours

San Diego

................... 2.5 Hours

San Fernando

Valley ......... 2.5 Hours

Las Vegas

................... 3.5 Hours

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.

October 2019

November 2019

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

Village, 866-4607.


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.

December 2019


Snow Summit, 866-5766.


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Country and Line Dancing Wednesdays

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Worldclass Skyline Trail Fun to Hike or Bike

Judging from the tracks Big Bear’s

newest trail is more popular with twowheelers

than two-footers.

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. ■

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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

Photo Ark.

Actually it’s been

known locally as the San

Bernardino flying

squirrel. “It’s no longer

considered a subspecies

but a species, which

peaked (Sartore’s)

interest,” said BBAZ

curator Bob Cisneros.

“When I first came here I

started trying to get him

to come up to photograph

flying squirrels.”

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 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


Snow Leopards!

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

difference,” Cisneros

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,”

Cisneros said.

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





story for


grizzlies, as a

mother with two cubs

raided one too many

campsites in Yellowstone

and faced a death


So Big Bear is now one

of only


zoos in

California where

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

Benjamin (bottom)

numbers to zero. The zoo will be a prerelease

facility for the frogs in

reintroduction efforts and will have them

on display.

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,”

Cisneros said.

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)

584-1299. ■

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. ■


History jumps out of the textbooks

and into the senses at Big Bear

Museum, where visitors

experience the past even as they learn

about it.

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

impressive sight.

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

Southern California’s

largest gold rush, right

here in Big Bear.

Naturally the findings are

only pyrite aka “Fools

Gold” but they sparkle

brilliantly nonetheless

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

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famous “Big Bear Lake” song on demand

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

Mountain Mines.

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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