Big Bear Lake, Calif., Saturday November 15, 2003 -- On Saturday November 15,2003 Snow Summit Mountain Resort (Snow Summit) opened for the 2003/2004season. An early winter storm brought 6-7 inches of new snow and coldovernight temperatures allowed Snow Summit to utilize one of the largestsnowmaking systems in the world and make enough snow to open. “Wednesday’sstorm brought us a welcomed dose of early natural snowfall and the coldtemperatures that followed made it possible to lay down a nice base and getSnow Summit open just in time for the weekend,” said Big Bear MountainResorts Marketing Director, Chris Riddle. Bear Mountain Resort (BearMountain) has been open since Friday November 7, 2003 and has been makingsnow as conditions permit to prepare more terrain for opening.
The Old fire, which threatened but never reached the Big Bear Valley hasbeen 100% contained for several days. Snow Summit’s five-million-dollarsnowmaking improvement project was put on hold when Big Bear was evacuatedand the resorts were forced to prepare a defense against a potential fire.”The threat of fire and the evacuation set us back on our snowmaking projectleaving Snow Summit with only about 50-percent of normal snowmakingcapacity. The net effect is we were able to open Bear Mountain right awaybut it took us about twice as long as usual to get Snow Summit open,” saidRiddle. Despite the adversity, Bear Mountain registered one of the earliestopenings in recent memory and Snow Summit, one week later, is still open aweek earlier than normal. Snow Summit’s snowmaking improvement project isexpected to be completed soon bringing the resort back to full snowmakingcapacity.
Snow Summit will open with the East-Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift servicing Miracle Mile run from top-to-bottom. Ski and snowboardrentals and food services will be available however, do to limited terrainlessons will not be offered. Early season rates will be in effect, lifttickets for adults will be $30, young adults ages 13-21 will be $22,children 7-12 are $10 and kids 6 and under are FREE.
Highway 18 from Lucerne Valley and Highway 38 from Redlands are both openand clear into Big Bear. Highway 330/18 through Running Springs is open withCHP escorts while repairs from the fires continue. For detailed directionsand all the latest information about opening day, visitors are encouraged tocheck out www.bigbearmountainresorts.com.