Just in time for President’s Day weekend, snow is in the forecast for the San
Bernardino Mountains. Snow levels are expected to drop to 4,000 feet.
Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts expect excellent ski
conditions for the holiday weekend.
They note that three
routes to Big Bear are open. These include Hwy. 38 (through Redlands),
Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline), and Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne
Valley). Caltrans crews are prepared to keep the roads clear
during the snowstorms.
“Caltrans’ focus is to keep all state
highways safe and maintained for mountain travelers,” said Caltrans
District 8 Deputy District Director of Maintenance Stephen R. Pusey.
“Additional workers are in place for winter months and the crews work
around the clock during storm events to keep the roadways plowed and
open to mountain resorts.”
Highway 330 through Highland, the
most popular route to Big Bear, is closed for road repairs caused by
heavy rain in December. Hwy. 330 remains closed.
Motorists traveling to Big Bear from Los Angeles,
Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego via Interstate 10 are advised
to take Hwy. 38 (through Redlands). Motorists traveling from San
Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas via Interstate
210 are advised to take Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline).
Motorists traveling to Big Bear from low and high deserts, North LA
County or Las Vegas are advised to take Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne
“Big Bear is just a short drive to fresh powder,” said
Big Bear Lake Resort Association President Rick Shoup. “No
matter what direction you come from, there’s a way up to Big Bear.”
are advised to always carry tire chains in their vehicle when traveling
to the mountains during winter months. For updated road conditions,
directions, snow reports, or to book lodging accommodations in Big Bear
call 800-424-4232 or log onto www.bigbear.com.