Bear Mountain prepares for Saturday’s Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails

Today, a large cargo container and black plastic tarp mark the site of Saturday’s Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails event at Bear Mountain. In three days, that will all change as more than 40 professional snowboarders will be competing for $15,000 in cash prizes.

Below is a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for the 10th annual event. For more information, visit

Mountain High premieres new snowboarding movie #WOODWORTH

Mountain High’s newest movie, “#WOODWORTH,” premieres Oct. 5 at the West Resort. This feature-length snowboarding film looks at the history of the Big Pines region, ending in the development of Woodworth Gulch, Mountain High’s new “all natural” terrain park named after Dick Woodworth, one of the resort’s mid-century developers.

The free event includes DJs, vendors, food and drinks. In addition, 20 tons of snow is being trucked in to create a jib session for season pass holders. A Burton Riglet center will be available for all kids ages 10 and younger.

For $20, moviegoers can purchase the Hardwood Package, which includes:
- Early / late season lift ticket ($59 value)
- Commemorative etched glass mug
- Raffle ticket (Go Pros, outerwear, lift tickets, goggles, glasses, Mountain High apparel, and more)
- Octoberfest beer tasting (or soda if younger than 21)
- Food (brautwurst, etc)

Guests who purchase a season pass at the event receive a free buddy ticket worth $69. Mountain High’s season passes are on sale for up to 53 percent off the regular price and consist of anytime season passes for $299, and VIP season passes (which include three free days of riding at 11 other Powder Alliance resorts) for $349. Click here for more information.

3:00 p.m.                 Snow making begins
4:00 p.m.                 Event start
7:30 p.m.                 “#WOODWORTH” premiere

Click to watch the teaser:

Hot dogs, hand rails and a whole lot of fun on Saturday at Bear Mountain

More than 40 professional snowboarders will be competing Saturday during Bear Mountain's 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails. (Bear Mountain photo)

More than 40 professional snowboarders will be competing Saturday during Bear Mountain’s 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails. (Bear Mountain photo)

Snow in September? It’s definitely in the forecast at the 10th annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails competition Saturday at Bear Mountain.

More than 40 top professional snowboarders are scheduled to take part, and they will compete for $15,000 in cash prizes.

The men’s first place winner will be awarded $10,000 and the women’s first place will take home $1,000. The jibber with the best trick will receive $500. Both men and women’s first place finishers and the best trick winner will be presented with customized iPad Minis, which will serve as their digital trophy. Provided courtesy of Fusion of Ideas, the iPad Minis will display the digital checks and headshots of winners. These winners also will take home go-pro cameras customized by Fusion of Ideas.

Since the skies likely will be clear, the event will take place on 140 tons of man-made snow and will include urban-style steel features, which will be available for the public to ride in the Red Bull Plaza at Bear Mountain this winter season.

“From up-and-comers to seasoned riders, the 10th anniversary lineup is bigger and better than ever,” says Rio Tanbara, Bear Mountain’s director of marketing. “Each year, riders take the contest to a new level, and we can’t wait to see what new tricks they have in store.”

The event will showcase the talents of Bear Mountain professional team riders Dylan Alito, Zak Hale, Brandon Hobush, Desiree Melancon and Scotty Vine, among dozens of other top riders. Judges include Chris Bradshaw, Joe Sexton, Scott Stevens, JP Walker and special guest snowboard legend Dave Downing.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Diversions include DJs, dozens of vendors giving away prizes and, of course, lots of hot dogs. On the menu is a special hot dog deal, which includes a hot dog, chips and a domestic beer for $10.

The band Five Knives will perform on the Red Bull tour bus. Recently named an MTV2 Artist to Watch, Five Knives toured with the Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 and is a featured artist on the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.

The competition will begin at 2 p.m. and may be viewed from Bear Mountain’s 13,000-square-foot deck and Beach Bar.


Mountain High’s season passes go on sale Aug. 31


Mountain High’s Anytime Season Pass Sale begins Aug. 31 with prices up to 53% off.  For just $349 (Reg $749) guests can enjoy an entire season of skiing or snowboarding at Southern California’s closest winter resort plus receive three free days at 11 other Powder Alliance areas.  That’s 33 free tickets!

Resorts include Crested Butte, Snowbasin Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Stevens Pass, Timberline, Schweitzer, China Peak, Arizona Snowbowl, Mt Hood Skibowl, Angel Fire Resort, and Bridger Bowl.

If you order by Sept. 10, you’ll also receive a free Buddy Ticket to Mountain High worth $69.

“This is an incredible deal and something no other Southern California resort can offer.  With a VIP Season Pass you get a full season of riding at Mountain High plus free tickets to mountains across Utah, Colorado, Montana, Washington, and more.  Now that’s value!” said John McColly, CMO.

VIP Season Passes are good any day or night Mountain High is open with no restrictions.  Other benefits include free tickets to the North Pole Tubing Park, early-ups on select days, monthly discounts for family and friends, $10 Off Adult ski or snowboard lessons, 10% Off non-sale retail items, and the ability to track your days ridden and share them with friends.

As a Powder Alliance member, you are free to ski about the Western United States and find the best snow conditions & nearly limitless vertical feet.  There are no membership fees, no collective pass prices, no additional charges of any kind.

Simply show your 2013/14 VIP Season Pass and receive three free tickets any Sunday through Friday, non-holiday, at participating areas.  Please visit for a complete listing of dates and restrictions plus additional resort benefits.

Mountain High offers a traditional Anytime Season Pass for just $299. Guests can still ski or snowboard any day or night the resort is open and record their statistics but there are no additional discounts or benefits.

Children’s passes for ages 7 to 12 are also available beginning at $199 with the purchase of an adult season pass and $219 without.  Kids six and under ski FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.

Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails, with plenty of mustard, returns to Bear Mountain

Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails will bring 40 of the country's top snowboarders to Bear Mountain, where they'll have the opportunity for some flight time. (Bear Mountain photo)

Professional snowboarders have already booked their flights during Bear Mountain’s 10th annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails event in September. (Bear Mountain photo)

No fresh powder? No problem as Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails brings 40 top professional snowboarders to Bear Mountain for the event’s 10th anniversary on Sept. 21.

The winter kickoff party features 130 tons of ice chipped into man-made snow and creative, new urban-style steel features that will be available for everyone to ride this winter in the Red Bull Plaza at Bear Mountain.

Gates open at 9 a.m. and the competition — which may be viewed viewed from Bear Mountain’s 13,000-square-foot deck and Beach Bar — begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

DJs will be playing music, and guests can participate in fun games and claim prizes from Red Bull, GoPro, Electric, SkullCandy, ThirtyTwo and other snowboard brands.

“The 10th anniversary is going to be bigger and better than ever,” says Zak Hale, professional snowboarder and pro team rider for Bear Mountain. “Bear Mountain is the perfect place to get people excited about the upcoming winter season while showing off this year’s up-and-coming professional snowboarders.”

Judges will include professional team riders Joe Sexton, Chris Bradshaw and Scott Stevens, and guest snowboard legend Dave Downing.

The event also will be an opportunity to purchase 2013-14 winter season passes for Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.


Buy Mountain High, get bonus days to ski and ride at 11 other resorts

postcard_finalOne pass, 12 resorts, $349. That sums up what Mountain High will be offering starting Aug. 31.

The resort’s VIP Season Pass includes an entire season of skiing and snowboarding at Mountain High plus free days at 11 other Powder Alliance resorts. They are Arizona Snowbowl; China Peak and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California; Crested Butte in Colorado; Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Idaho; Bridger Bowl in Montana; Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico; Timberline and Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon; Snowbasin Resort in Utah; and Stevens Pass in Washington.

If the pass is purchased by Sept. 10, Mountain High will include a free buddy ticket worth $69.

“This is an incredible deal and something no other Southern California resort can offer,” says John McColly, Mountain High spokesman.

VIP Season Passes are good any day or night Mountain High is open with no restrictions. Other benefits include free tickets to the North Pole Tubing Park, early-ups on select days, monthly discounts for family and friends, $10 off adult ski or snowboard lessons, 10 percent off the price of non-sale retail items, and the ability to track your days ridden and share them with friends.

The free tickets to partner resorts may be used any Sunday through Friday during non-holiday periods.

Mountain High also will be selling its traditional anytime season pass for $299 starting Aug. 31. That pass is valid only at the Wrightwood resort, and pays for itself in less than five visits.

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Bear Mountain, Snow Summit are getting ready to call it a season

Earlier today, skiers were getting in a few last runs for the season at Snow Summit. (Big Bear Mountain Resorts photo)

On Sunday, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will be marking the end of the 2012-13 ski and snowboard season at the two resorts.

After receiving only 75 to 90 inches of natural snowfall this season, extensive snowmaking systems at each property allowed the slopes to remain open a week into April.

“Even in a season like this, where natural snowfall was well below average, we were able to make great snow and host big events right up to the end,” said Chris Riddle, vice president of marketing. “Being the only Southern California ski and snowboard resort open this late in the season, we have truly shown dominance in our snowmaking capabilities.”

Mountain High also boasts about its extensive snowmaking system, and the winter sports season at the Wrightwood resort just recently wrapped up. Mountain High closed March 31 after the annual Spring-A-Ma-Jig celebration.

For Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, being situated next to Big Bear Lake has its benefits. The lake acts as a reservoir for snowmaking, providing a nearly inexhaustible supply of water during the winter months. Regardless of natural snowfall, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit can cover nearly 100 percent of their slopes with manmade snow.

“A big ‘thank you’ goes out to all guests who came out this season to enjoy our new additions, and made this a fun season for everyone,” Riddle said.

It was a season that included a milestone, as Snow Summit celebrated its 60th anniversary.

“We look forward to many more decades of hosting happy skiers and snowboarders,” Riddle said.

Already, officials at Bear and Snow Summit are looking forward to next winter, selling passes that they say will offer skiers and snowboarders the biggest savings for the 2013-14 season. But the passes must be purchased by May 31. Click here for information.

Bear Mountain, Snow Summit filling Easter baskets with ‘snow’ much fun

At Bear Mountain, peeps are playing board games for Easter weekend. (Bear Mountain photo)

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have lots planned for Easter weekend and into next week, as spring break festivities continue at both resorts. Here’s a sampling:

Bear Mountain
Neff Beach Bash; highlights from last year’s events may be found here.

Social Media Easter Egg Hunt

Monday through Friday
Snowboarder Magazine’s “The Launch”

Wednesday and Thursday
Uniform Days (discounts for law enforcement, EMS, firefighters and active military)

Saturday, April 6
Ashbury Demo


Snow Summit
60 Grit Blues Band at Slopeside Pub, 1-5 p.m.
D-Team Race

Social Media Easter Egg Hunt

Uniform Days


#freshpow day on the slopes at Bear, Snow Summit and Mountain High

Snow Summit is a winter wonderland in March, thanks to productive cold-weather systems that went through Southern California on Thursday and this morning. This photo has attracted a lot of reaction since it was posted on Facebook earlier today. (Snow Summit photo)

By Jerry Rice

Fresh powder days in March are rare in Southern California – especially ones with storms that leave behind more than a foot of snow – so it may not be surprising that social media is burning up today with the latest reports from Bear Mountain, Snow Summit and Mountain High.

The photo of snow-covered tables and chairs at Snow Summit (above) has received more than 950 “likes” and 139 “shares” since it was posted this morning. Because a photo really is worth a thousand words, many of the comments have been appropriately brief: “Wonderland!” (from Freddie Merz), “Yes!!!” (Kelsey Elizabeth Stern) and “Wooooo Hoooooo” (Snuggle Bear Cabin).

Others said they were on their way up the hill (presumably after they called the boss to say they suddenly came down with some “ailment”), or that they would be there during the weekend.

With 12-14 inches of new snow at Bear Mountain, it appears to be time for some fresh-powder runs at the resort. (Bear Mountain photo)

Snow Summit reported 12 to 14 inches of fresh powder in the last couple days – about the same amount that fell at the resort’s corporate sibling, Bear Mountain, where the photo on the right was taken. Since being posted on Facebook today at about 10 a.m., the shot has received nearly 400 “likes” and 25 “shares.”

Snow Summit is 100 percent open, and only Bow, Deer and Goldmine canyons are closed at Bear, according to information on their websites. Also, skiers and snowboarders should note that Snow Summit will be holding its final night session of the 2012-13 season on Saturday.

With fresh powder at Mountain High, the snow depth on the slopes is 12-24 inches. (Mountain High photo)

At Mountain High in Wrightwood, they’re also excited about the conditions after receiving 6 to 8 inches of new snow. “We love fresh pow,” said the Facebook entry that was posted with the action shot on the left. “Share this photo if you love new snow as much as we do!”

The last time we checked, 61 of the resort’s Facebook fans followed through on that request.

Snow Valley, once a haven for experts, now caters to a different crowd

While not the resort it once was, Snow Valley still has much to offer – especially if you’re a beginner or intermediate skier. (Snow Valley photo)

By Art Bentley

The slogan on the cover of the trail map at the Snow Valley ski area near Running Springs reads, “More than you realize.” Management, which runs the resort for an absentee owner who lives in Wisconsin, could have added, “Though less than you may recall.”

A skier with a good memory who last visited the resort in the early to mid-1990s would have good reason today to be a bit perplexed. Back then, the resort operated 13 chairlifts, including two, a triple and a double, that scaled its signature expert hill, Slide Peak, where snowmaking equipment was installed at about the same time.

Slide, the incline of which ranges from 30 to 35 degrees on about 400 to 500 vertical feet, is the feature that makes Snow Valley entertaining for skiers and snowboarders who like steep, bumpy terrain. When it’s closed, as it has been for most of this season, Snow Valley appeals primarily to those of marginal to limited ability or who enjoy the obstacles of the freestyle park.

Two decades ago, an equally precipitate run on the western flank of the area plunged beneath chair 5 to a parking lot that seems big enough to swallow Rhode Island. Chair 7 climbed a slope that has since been incorporated into the freestyle area. Chairs 4 and 10 were thriving.

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