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    Safe to ride Big Bear??

    I know it sounds crazy to even think about it. Planning on riding Big Bear this weekend, with the recent lightning phenomenon, the forecast in up there will be 30% chance of thunderstorm until Sunday. I'm assuming it is safe or snow summit will be close if it wasn't.

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    My guess is you will have hero dirt. Even if there is intermittent lightning they usually will open/close multiple times depending on the weather. Just bring an extra 6 pack and enjoy the dirt.

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    A friend of mine is up there today, and Summit just closed the lifts/mountain due to lightning... about 3:30 pm
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    We all die from one thing or another. I say dying while doing what you love is the best way to go. Being struck by lightning while you are bolting down some fast single track would be viewed as heroic in the eyes of your fellow bikers. Beats the hell out of rotting away in a bed for months or years.

    So, this is even more of a reason to go. So, go!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirthugger View Post
    I know it sounds crazy to even think about it. Planning on riding Big Bear this weekend, with the recent lightning phenomenon, the forecast in up there will be 30% chance of thunderstorm until Sunday. I'm assuming it is safe or snow summit will be close if it wasn't.
    They close the lifts when there is any lightning in the area. So there is potential you don't get your moneys worth FYI. Plan accordingly.

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    Go early. Monsoonal flow in So Cal generally builds T-Storms in the later afternoon so as thunderheads build due to afternoon convective heat, the lightning kicks on then it all dissipates. Standard practice when piloting in mountainous terrain this time of year.

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    Thunderstorms usually start in the afternoon hours and this week was no exception. We've had them in the morning this year but they are forecasted for later, get there early and enjoy day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    We all die from one thing or another. I say dying while doing what you love is the best way to go. Being struck by lightning while you are bolting down some fast single track would be viewed as heroic in the eyes of your fellow bikers. Beats the hell out of rotting away in a bed for months or years.

    So, this is even more of a reason to go. So, go!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhill View Post
    And the guy didn't even die! What's it take to die heroically these days?!
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    Just ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky?
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    We rode SART today.....started at 10am finished up about 2pm.....got a little rain....but never did see the thunderstorms that were forecast.
    I crashed hard enough on my Tallboy to break my leg,
    The carbon is way more durable than most people.

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    Rode Wildhorse yesterday, did some random exploring in Sugarloaf this morning. Off and on rain, never too bad. Driving down the 38 home today was pretty rough. Forest Falls was closed from floods.

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    They close the lifts for 30 minutes when there is thunder and lightning. There is a huge women's event there this Sat and Sunday, Saturday will be the busier day on the mountain with about 60 women there. However, many are riding the XC trails
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    So i didnt want to take chance on waiting for the lift being shut down, i just decided to go to Green Valley Lake to Butlers peak. Always a nice ride and my worries about the thunderstorm was ridicilous )

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