HWY 18 & 38 ARE OPEN — FIRE 100% CONTAINED

Big Bear Lake, Calif., Thursday November 6, 2003 — On Friday November 7,2003 Bear Mountain Resort (Bear Mountain) will open for the 2003/2004season. Low temperatures in the 20′s allowed Bear Mountain to utilize one ofthe largest snowmaking systems in the world and make snow around the clockbeginning Sunday night and continuing through Tuesday morning. With two moregreat nights of snowmaking on Tuesday and Wednesday, the decision was madeto open Bear Mountain. “We had a great snowmaking run and we are lookingvery good for our earliest opening in several years, said Bear MountainGeneral Manager, Brent Tregaskis. Snow Summit Mountain Resort (Snow Summit)has also been making snow as conditions permit and preparing for openinghowever, an opening day has not yet been determined.

The Old fire, which threatened but never reached the Big Bear Valley lastweek is now 100% contained. “Skiers and snowboarders who want to come up toBig Bear this Friday for opening day at Bear Mountain can feel completelysafe with no worry of wild fires,” said Kim Hermon, Assistant MarketingDirector for Big Bear Mountain Resorts.

Bear Mountain will open with the Big Bear Express high-speed quad chair liftservicing Claim Jumper run from top-to-bottom accessing 1200 vertical feetof terrain. There will be several jumps and jibs of all shapes and sizesavailable for freestyle enthusiasts. Ski and snowboard rentals and foodservices will be available however, do to limited terrain lessons will notbe offered. Early season rates will be in effect, lift tickets for adultswill be $30, young adults ages 13-21 will be $22, children 7-12 are $10 andkids 6 and under are FREE. “The best thing we can do right now to help thesurrounding communities recover from the devastating fires is get theresorts open and bring visitors back to the mountains,” says Tregaskis.

Highway 18 from Lucerne Valley and Highway 38 from Redlands are both openand clear into Big Bear. Highway 330/18 through Running Springs remainsclosed for repairs from the fires. For detailed directions and all thelatest information about opening day, visitors are encouraged to check outwww.bigbearmountainresorts.com.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts — www.bigbearmoutainresorts.comSnow Summit Mountain Resort — 880 Summit Blvd. / P.O. Box 77, Big Bear Lake,CA 92315 — 909-866-5766 — info@snowsummit.comBear Mountain Resort — 43101 Goldmine Dr. / P.O. Box 6812, Big Bear Lake, CA92315 — 909-585-2519 — info@bearmtn.com