Bear Mountain’s Claim Jumper will be open top to bottom with a variety of terrain features thanks to our Park Staff and around the clock snowmaking.
Opening day features will include: 1 X 20′ box, 2 X 15′ boxes, the Gateway and Mail box, Pandora’s box, 2 downhill rails along with the Kink downhill rail,3 X 20′ flat bars, 1 X 37′ kink rail, a large table and hip.
Hwy 330 through Running Springs remains closed at this time. Please use alternate routes Hwy 38 (Redlands) and Hwy 18 from the Lucerne Valley.
On Saturday November 1, 2003 at 10 p.m. snowmaking operations at Bear Mountain began and that has continued as conditions have permitted. Around the clock snowmaking has been underway since Sunday night at 10 p.m. accompanied by on and off light snow showers. Bear Mountain will open for the 2003/2004 season on Friday November 7, 2003 provided the weather cooperates. Snowmaking at Snow Summit began Monday night however an opening day has not yet been determined.
Highway 18 and Highway 38 up the back way to Big Bear have reopened to all public. Highway 330/18 up the front remains closed.
A wild week for the Big Bear area began on Tuesday October 28, 2003 when the entire Big Bear Valley was evacuated as the Old wildfire was threatening the area on two fronts. Firefighters did an amazing job of preventing the fires from reaching Big Bear and Mother Nature helped out, with 2 inches of snow Friday night. The Big Bear Valley was completely untouched by fire. Snowmaking at Bear Mountain began Saturday night. “Once we realized that we were going to get cold enough temperatures to have a sustained snowmaking run we decided to go for it. The best thing we can do right now to help the surrounding communities recover from the devastating fires is get the resorts open and bring visitors back to the mountains,” said Bear Mountain General Manager, Brent Tregaskis.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts management invested a lot of time and effort into preparing the resorts for a potential fire over the summer. Hundreds of dead and dying trees were removed from around facilities and lifts and sprinkler systems were put into place around the ridgelines that could be used in the event of a fire to help protect the resorts. “In a matter of hours, we literally went from preparing to defend the resorts with sprinklers and hoses attached to our snowmaking system to using our snowmaking system to make snow and get Bear Mountain ready for opening,” said Tregaskis.
More information describing the details of Bear Mountain’s opening will be forthcoming later this week.