By Craig Michaels

One of the alluring qualities of the desert lifestyle is looking up at the snow-capped mountains through the palm trees, while laying poolside. For about $15 in gas or three coffees, you can go play in that snow at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Personally, I like taking the back way up Hwy 62 to Old Woman Springs Rd. toward Lucerne Valley then up Hwy 18 into Big Bear (less mountain driving, takes about 90 mins.) The resort Features two hills for twice as much fun, Bear Mountain (peak 8,805 feet) and Snow Summit (peak 8,200 feet) offering a wide variety of terrain for all levels.  

With our recent storms, boarders and skiers will be in heaven with almost two feet of fresh powder dumping over the past few weeks. Both mountains are in full operation with some of the top runs bosting a 52” base and a season total of almost 70” so far. Make sure you bring the kiddos for a lesson and check out the all-new Bear Mountain Adventure Academy building that opened earlier this season.  Whether you want to extend your ski day, or simply enjoy the adventure of riding under the stars, night sessions happen very Friday and Saturday night from 3PM – 8:30PM through February at Snow Summit.

In addition to the perfect snow conditions, there’s a few other reasons to make the trip up to Big Bear Mountain Resorts this February. The first of two concerts this month happens Saturday Feb. 9th at Bear Mountain. Join Power 106 (KPWR-FM) as they present the Power 106 Party on the Mountain, hosted by on-air personality Bryhana, featuring a performance by Kid Ink. Admission is FREE for this all ages show (parental discretion advised.) Activities happen all day from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.


If you miss that show, mark your calendar for Feb. 23 and get ready for KROQ Storms the Mountain. Back by popular demand, KROQ returns to Bear Mountain with a FREE show featuring DJ Jeremiah Red and a live performance by Badflower.  Open to all ages the party goes from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. A valid 2018/19 season pass, or day-ticket is required for on-hill activities. 

Make sure you plan ahead and save 20% on lift tickets when you purchase in advance. Single and multi-day tickets do not include night tickets, but you can add on a night session ticket for a discounted rate for the date your day ticket is issued. For more information you can visit their web site: or call (844) 462-2327.