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    Any Big Bear Info

    I have been hearing that they may open early this year due to our abnormally warm winter. While I have considered this just rumor, I am wondering if anyone else has heard this? Or if you have ridden up there what are the trail conditions like?
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    they are still skiing up there. no bikes on the lifts yet...


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    Thanks WCH ... I knew that but I hear they are having a hard time with keeping good snow pack etc... Also I know a fair amount of people will take the fire access roads up and ride. Just looking for trail conditions and thoughts on the snow levels that are currently up there. Im sure it will be a normal Memorial Weekend opening again ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker. View Post
    they are still skiing up there. no bikes on the lifts yet...
    ^^^^^^ yes


    We have a trailer there (I know ghetto, but its being rented now) but the trails are like
    open in April, second week if no snow like a real dry season (ugh--dry seasons ruin our economy, no happy faces up there). The forest service does an excellent
    job of cleaning up the fireroads and ST and they start doing it in late March/April
    No use in doing work if it starts snowing again.
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    My friend has a cabin up there and he is up there just about every week. He hiked Cougar Crest Trail a few days ago and said it's 2"-3" of sinking mud right now...

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    You can ride up here, but not on the Snow Summit side. Mostly fire road both on the north shore and the east end, but you'll still hit patches of snow/ ice and lots of mud. Right now Tues.3/6, 6:50pm, windy and slightly snowing.

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    hey guys...i havnt ever ridden big bear.

    i was looking at the website and notice they had a rule that the bikes have to have 2 chainrings.

    i have a yeti 575 with a 1x10 setup. its far from a DH bike.....will they not let me on the lift?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nokfir2 View Post
    hey guys...i havnt ever ridden big bear.

    i was looking at the website and notice they had a rule that the bikes have to have 2 chainrings.

    i have a yeti 575 with a 1x10 setup. its far from a DH bike.....will they not let me on the lift?
    WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK OF USING THE LIFTS WHEN THEY RIDE BIG BEAR?!

    You can climb the mountain up any number of ways via fireroad or trail. Plus, you have the other side of the lake to ride which I think is better anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokfir2 View Post
    hey guys...i havnt ever ridden big bear.

    i was looking at the website and notice they had a rule that the bikes have to have 2 chainrings.

    i have a yeti 575 with a 1x10 setup. its far from a DH bike.....will they not let me on the lift?
    guidelines are just guidelines. in my experience, if you don't show up with a full blown dh rig, you are money...


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    How about a full blown DH rig with two chainrings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nokfir2 View Post
    hey guys...i havnt ever ridden big bear.

    i was looking at the website and notice they had a rule that the bikes have to have 2 chainrings.

    i have a yeti 575 with a 1x10 setup. its far from a DH bike.....will they not let me on the lift?
    I was up there last October and none of the bikes on the lift were full on DH rigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK OF USING THE LIFTS WHEN THEY RIDE BIG BEAR?!

    You can climb the mountain up any number of ways via fireroad or trail. Plus, you have the other side of the lake to ride which I think is better anyway.
    Well the flat landers don't have much time when doing a day trip so climbing up, which takes an hour or so may burn up their "Totally D'Hillin" time, which I understand. But as a BBL tax paying citizen resident, I also can't see paying the $20 lift tic But whatever floats your boat, just come up and spend your money

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    Shhhhhhhh! Don't spread the secret fool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2k05 View Post
    Shhhhhhhh! Don't spread the secret fool!
    Fixed it.

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    thanks guys...looks like im good.

    just didnt wanna drive 2 hours and be disapopinted lol
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    Same experiences here. I was up there twice last season. It's no secret. They were clearly not enforcing their bike restrictions on weight < 35#, tires <2.5", and whatever else is stated on their website. Guys were getting Intense 951s and similar DH rigs loaded with no comments from the lift operators.

    If I go back to BB this year I probably would not get a lift pass. I'm an XC rider that likes the downhills, but honestly the trails aren't that great. They were super powdery and blown out. A few good XC trails exist, and now that I know the area I'd just ride up on the forest roads to hit them.

    If you're a DH'r then the lift makes sense. If you are XC rider visiting for the first time, the lift also makes sense.

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    I heard from a reliable source that they are going to enforce the bike rules on the lifts, due to conflicts of out of control bikers with other users, not that that will solve the problem

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    I hope they dont enforce! I just switched to single chainring on my Nomad! I cant wait to get back up...I wish there was trail enhancement/building allowed! Is there???

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    I hope they dont enforce! I just switched to single chainring on my Nomad! I cant wait to get back up...I wish there was trail enhancement/building allowed! Is there???
    They say that all the time, but if the past is a indication of the future it only last until people start handing over their money to get up the hill.

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    NO BIKING FOR YOU!

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    Big Bear snow summit

    Hey i am a snow boarder but also i mountain bike, i am planning to use my season pass this year and try snow summit for biking using the lift. i have an F250 and i am looking for 3-4 people to share the gas and go up for a day. they will start in may sometimes. wanted to see if we could plan things ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biker1515 View Post
    Hey i am a snow boarder but also i mountain bike, i am planning to use my season pass this year and try snow summit for biking using the lift. i have an F250 and i am looking for 3-4 people to share the gas and go up for a day. they will start in may sometimes. wanted to see if we could plan things ahead.
    where you coming from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by biker1515 View Post
    Hey i am a snow boarder but also i mountain bike, i am planning to use my season pass this year and try snow summit for biking using the lift. i have an F250 and i am looking for 3-4 people to share the gas and go up for a day. they will start in may sometimes. wanted to see if we could plan things ahead.
    I might be down! Im in the L.A. south bay area but would be willing to drive to meet up!

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    With all the recent storms the snow season might extend a bit further than initially thought.
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    Im thinking end of april, barring no new storms

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    I am currently in Glendale CA, but might move in the south bay area such as torrance, hawthorne, lawndale

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    I sure hope they open up soon... the wait is killing me! Last year I went there to ride for the first time and they closed the lifts for bikes the following week. From what I saw it doesn't look like they enforce the "No DH bike" rule. There were more than a few guys with full blown DH rigs there that weekend.

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    Aslong as you have $ they will let you ride, DH rig or not. IMO

    Anyone wanna tag with or invite a fellow DHer? Message me and let's plan it out!

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    They do look and even weighed mine at 45lbs. They grumbled a little saying it was heavy for them to lift but other than that, they were pretty cool.

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    Does anybody know around what date they usually open the lifts for mountain bikers?

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    depends on the season would be my guess. hopefully end of april, beginning of may

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    Snow Summit twitter says lifts should continue running for skiing and boarding til 4/15 or so. Same with Big Bear lifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragged edge racing View Post
    They do look and even weighed mine at 45lbs. They grumbled a little saying it was heavy for them to lift but other than that, they were pretty cool.
    When was this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimphatty View Post
    When was this?
    This was the last month of the season last fall. They weighed it both times I went. Second time was to see if I shaved 2lbs or not but it was the same lifty. I do have a full DH bike and so does my 10 year old son so maybe that helps not to look like we are going to thrash the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craw View Post
    Snow Summit twitter says lifts should continue running for skiing and boarding til 4/15 or so. Same with Big Bear lifts.
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    I was hoping the lifts would be opening for mountain bikes sometime this month. Have any of you guys tried camping up in big bear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Goes Boing View Post
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

    I was hoping the lifts would be opening for mountain bikes sometime this month. Have any of you guys tried camping up in big bear?
    Well, there hasn't been any mention of when they'll open up the lifts to take bikes yet. I'd assume they'd close the resort down for a bit, to do whatever maintenance that needs to be done then open it up for summer season shortly thereafter.

    Either way, it's probably not too far off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragged edge racing View Post
    This was the last month of the season last fall. They weighed it both times I went. Second time was to see if I shaved 2lbs or not but it was the same lifty. I do have a full DH bike and so does my 10 year old son so maybe that helps not to look like we are going to thrash the place.
    Yeah, the kid definitely helps with the 'good' image. Thanks for the info.

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    The Forestry Service is negotiating contracts with perspective management companies to run the 2 campgrounds, Pineknot and Serrano. Pineknot is next to Summit and Serrano is on the North Shore. Recreation.gov states 5/31 for opening which sucks. They normally open the middle of this month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragged edge racing View Post
    The Forestry Service is negotiating contracts with perspective management companies to run the 2 campgrounds, Pineknot and Serrano. Pineknot is next to Summit and Serrano is on the North Shore. Recreation.gov states 5/31 for opening which sucks. They normally open the middle of this month.

    We all must be itching to ride... 1500 views already?! I hope the Forestry Service doesnt DELAY the normal opening when I was hoping the light season would lead to an early opening.
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    Just got back from a couple of days up there. It rained and some light snow late tuesday and wednesday. Ski runs had a decent amount of snow on them.

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    ^^^^^^^What?? No way. I was up there on Tuesday. There is absolutely no snow off the trails, and it was slushy (to the point where you had to walk across some of the flat areas because it was too slow), and there were multiple bare spots on the trails.

    Don't worry group, after today's storm, I doubt they get any snow, the runs will be open soon to biking.

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    Snow should be gone soon. 10 day forecast is in our favor
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbell View Post
    ^^^^^^^What?? No way. I was up there on Tuesday. There is absolutely no snow off the trails, and it was slushy (to the point where you had to walk across some of the flat areas because it was too slow), and there were multiple bare spots on the trails.

    Don't worry group, after today's storm, I doubt they get any snow, the runs will be open soon to biking.
    I'm quivering with excitement.

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    Anyone know if pirates of the caribbean is gonna be restored, since the braintrusts at the forest service leveled it to a fire road last yr?

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    when i was up snowbaording at summit a couple weeks ago we were tlaking with a patrol guy on the lift that said they are talking about building more downhill style trails, and possibly features. we will have to wait and see though.
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    There are rumors floating around that Summit is going to open to bikes with an all new mountainbike park, don't know if its going to happen this year or not. Rumor has it that a serious effort will be made to make it a world class bike park.
    All I ask of anyone reading this post, that when youre riding up here, especially on the Snow Summit side, ride responsibly, so the share holders and risk management could finally give the go ahead on this plan/ rumor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimphatty View Post
    Yeah, the kid definitely helps with the 'good' image. Thanks for the info.
    I got neg repped for sayin this. I love shaking things up in an uptight forum community. What I said was so radical!

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    That would be sooooo incredibly awesome! Do they have new ownership? Last I asked the lift folk why they haven't followed mammoths example, they said that the owners were deathly afraid of another lawsuit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Jeff View Post
    There are rumors floating around that Summit is going to open to bikes with an all new mountainbike park, don't know if its going to happen this year or not. Rumor has it that a serious effort will be made to make it a world class bike park.
    All I ask of anyone reading this post, that when youre riding up here, especially on the Snow Summit side, ride responsibly, so the share holders and risk management could finally give the go ahead on this plan/ rumor.
    Rumors, Pffft... I sure wish though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimphatty View Post
    I got neg repped for sayin this. I love shaking things up in an uptight forum community. What I said was so radical!
    Trouble maker, lol...

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