Big Bear Lake, Calif., Monday February 16, 2004 — On January 8, 2004 BigBear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) introduced “The Park Wide Open #1” a 9-dayparty featuring several unique events and a plethora of film and photoopportunities. Bear Mountain Resort (Bear Mountain) and Snow Summit MountainResort (Snow Summit) have had one of the best snowmaking runs in severalyears, along with a couple of good natural snow storms creating almostperfect conditions. With the deepest snowpack in six years, park operationscrews have been able to truly build the “All-Mountain Park” to the scope ofwhat it was intended to be when the concept was originally developed overtwo years ago. “It is great to have plenty of snow to work with to build”The Park” to the caliber that it should be. We have upwards of 50 jibs inplace with several old favorites and brand-new signature metal coming thisweek. We also have over 100 snow features all over the resort. We are trulyexperimenting with using the natural terrain of the mountain to create someunbelievable unique terrain. From an artificial cornice going in on Grizzlyto the string of Moto-style banked turns on Rips and the road-gap onShowtime, we letting the imagination of more than 50 park development teammembers run wild,” stated Chris Winslow, park operations supervisor forBBMR.
In addition, the park crew will be putting in a double-transfer-gap onGold Rush, a big new line of unique features on Gambler including a hugestep-down and table, a massive Dragon’s Back double-roller-gap and a 35-footquarter-pipe along with everything already in place all over the mountain.The only Superpipe in Southern California is only going to get better ascrews bring in a brand new Zaug pipe cutter to put on the finishing touches.
Over at Snow Summit, the Westridge terrain park is looking better than ishas since before the days of the Super Park. “While most of the eventsduring the “Wide Open” are at Bear Mountain we are absolutely including SnowSummit. Riders, filmers and photographers will find some very compellingterrain over at “The Park Westridge” including old favorites like Wisemanand Light Pole hip,” offered Winslow.
The park development for the “Wide Open” has actually been ongoingthroughout the entire season with major contributions from the likes of MiahPebley, Chris Winslow, Mike Stevenson, Tex McCullar, Desy Hauer, AlanGriffith, Kory Klouzer, Dan Zon, Clayton Shoemaker and Mike Hernandez alongwith their very important support staff. Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and MikeBinnell will be on-site prior to the kickoff of the “Wide Open” to add extrasupport and expertise for final build up of “The Park”. Binnell will beassisting Tex McCullar with the Superpipe and Gunny will be available toassist with the build up of some of the larger features being built for theevent.
Wide Open — Calendar(This calendar is tentative and more events/entertainment will be added)
FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 2, 2004
2/23 — Transworld Snowboarding Industry Day
DJ Lamont on the Sun DeckAfter party in Trappers Bar at Bear Mountain featuring live music
2/24 — The Bear Mountain Pro/Am Jib Jam
KROQ on the Sun DeckAfter party in Trappers Bar at Bear Mountain featuring DJ Lamont (4-7 p.m.)
2/25 — Snowboarder Magazine Superpipe Guinness Book World Record Event
Sixteen of the top pipe riders in the world will be at Bear Mountain goingbig!KROQ on the Sun DeckRed Bull after party in Trappers Bar at Bear Mountain featuring live music
2/26 — The Bear Mountain Pro/Am Pipe Jam
ROCK 105 & CHANNEL 933 on the Sun DeckAfter party in Trappers Bar at Bear Mountain featuring DJ Lamont (4-7 p.m.)
2/27 — DVS & Electric present the amateur “Night Jib Jam Thing”
X103.9 on the Sun DeckRed Bull after party in Trappers Bar at Bear Mountain featuring live music
2/28 — American Freeski Tour — Slopestyle at Bear Mountain
POWER 106 on the Sun Deck with DJ ViceAfter party in Trappers Bar at Bear Mountain featuring DJ Lamont (4-7 p.m.)
2/29 — Americcan Freeski Tour — Superpipe at Bear Mountain
Z90 on the Sun Deck
3/1 — Open shoot day at Bear Mountain & Snow Summit
3/2 — Open shoot day at Bear Mountain & Snow Summit
For more information on the “Wide Open” events visit our event center atwww.bearmtn.com!
“We decided to make the “Wide Open” a 9-day event in an effort to giveeveryone the opportunity to make the trip. We are very aware of the tightschedules and numerous events that are pulling the industry back and forthacross the country all season. The plan is to have several fun eventsincluding Transworld Industry Day, the Pro/Am Pipe & Jib Jams, the firstSnowboarder Magazine Guinness World Record Superpipe event, the Night JibJam Thing and the first annual American Freeski Tour with more to beannounced. We encourage participating companies to hold autograph sessions.The concept of the “Wide Open” is to bring the industry together for ano-pressure good time and to stoke-out the kids who ride “The Park”everyday,” offered Brad Farmer, Public & Industry Relations Director for BigBear Mountain Resorts.
To obtain an event registration and credential form visit www.bearmtn.comand hit the Wide Open button. Send questions and comments [email protected]
Snow Summit Ski Corporation owns and operates Big Bear Mountain Resortsconsisting of Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit Mountain Resort, locatedin Big Bear Lake, California and Sierra Summit Mountain Resort located nearFresno, California. For more information, please visitwww.bigbearmountainresorts.com. Big Bear Mountain Resorts is an equalopportunity service provider operating under a San Bernardino NationalForest limited use permit.