Mother Nature smiling on Big Bear Lake ski resorts

Looks like Mother Nature has shifted gears again, and the ski resorts in Big Bear Lake are getting a fresh blanket of snow. At 4 a.m. the snow began falling, and has been going strong. By 9:30 a.m., Big Bear Lake had gotten more than 3 inches of snow. This storm is expected to drop at least 8 to 9 inches of snow.

Bear Mountain is the only ski resort open in Southern California, and has two chair lifts operating. Its snowmaking crew has worked hard to make snow on the upper portion of Bear Mountain Express (chair lift 9).

With a combination of new and man-made snow, Bear Mountain hopes to have up to three chair lifts open Friday to increase the amount of skiable acres.

Also, more natural snow will help neighboring Snow Summit to give it a boost. Snow Summit anticipates re-opening on Saturday.

Now that the snow has arrived, bookings for the holidays are expected to increase. For those that want to experience a white Christmas in the mountains are encouraged to make lodging reservations now.

To book reservations for the holidays or anytime this winter call 800-424-4232 or visit BigBear.com. Be sure to check out various package deals too, including lift and lodging packages from $69 midweek or starting at $89 for weekends.

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