Big Bear Lake, Calif., Thursday October 28, 2004 –

On Tuesday October 26, 2004 a record-breaking early winter storm brought 16-24 inches of new snow to Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR). Bear Mountain Resort (Bear Mountain) will open for the 2004/2005 season on Friday October 29, 2004. Snow Summit Mountain Resort (Snow Summit) will open Saturday October 30, 2004 (there is a small chance that Snow Summit will also open Friday). ” We have crews up on the mountain grooming slopes and getting lifts ready to run. We plan to begin making snow tonight (Wednesday night) with more snowmaking Thursday and Friday to supplement the natural snow. Conditions for both resorts are expected to be very good especially for this early in the season, ” said Big Bear Mountain Resorts Director of Marketing, Chris Riddle.

Bear Mountain will open Friday with chairs 1, 2, 6 and possibly 9 (some snowmaking is required on chair 9 before opening) operating. Snow Summit will open Saturday with chairs 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9 operating. Both resorts will offer early season rates of $39 for adults (ages 22+), $29 for young adults (ages 12-21) and $14 for children (ages 6-12). Half-day rates of $32 for adults (ages 22+), $22 for young adults (ages 12-21) and $10 for children (ages 6-12). Bear Mountain expects to open as ” The Park ” from day one, offering several jumps, rails and boxes. Lessons, rentals and food service will be available however Bear Mountain ‘ s food service will be limited. For more information please visit http://www.bearmountain.com or call 1-800-BEAR-MTN.

” We could open today with marginal conditions however we feel it is more important to offer a quality product to our customers. With some additional snowmaking our conditions will be excellent for opening. The extra day will also give us plenty of time to build and install several nice terrain features including jumps, rails and boxes and truly open as The Park,” said Bear Mountain General Manager, Brent Tregaskis.

Snow Summit Ski Corporation owns and operates Big Bear Mountain Resorts consisting of Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit Mountain Resort, located in Big Bear Lake, California and Sierra Summit Mountain Resort located near Fresno, California. For more information, please visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com. Big Bear Mountain Resorts is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a San Bernardino National Forest limited use permit.