Here’s what’s happening at Big Bear Mountain Resort, California, this winter

Big Bear Mountain Resort and the town of Big Bear Lake have new things to do this fall and winter. | Photo courtesy of Big Bear

The city of Great Bear Lake and Southern California’s premier alpine destination, Big Bear Mountain Resort, prepare to welcome visitors for another season of endless outdoor adventures, both in the city and in the mountains.

Extensive renovations are underway at Bear Mountain, including a $2 million upgrade to Laybacks Bar. Additionally, improvements have been made to the Bear Mountain rental store to make the equipment rental process more efficient. Both projects are expected to be completed before the start of the 2022/23 winter season.

Big Bear, Southern California’s premiere mountain escape updates this fall and winter include:

Around the city

  • Board and Brush –New creative studio that offers inspiring DIY workshops for people who love to create and connect with friends.

  • Big Bear Hiking Adventures – A new guided hiking experience serves Big Bear’s best outdoor adventure sites. From a 3-4 hour excursion along Cougar Crest to capture spectacular views to a more moderate hike along Big Bear’s famous Pedal Path, the new Big Bear Hiking Adventures service connects you with expert guides to lead an exploration through the beauty of the San Bernardino National Forest.

  • All the cute little things – Inspired by the owner’s love of London and English tea, this new shop specializes in teas, loose leaf and bagged teas, biscuits and sweets from Britain and France.

Events

  • 52nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest – The 2022 Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest runs for nine consecutive weekends until November 5, every Saturday and Sunday. Plus Fridays in October. For the first time since 2019, a band straight from Germany will be performing, in addition to some of the best German-American bands to help celebrate Big Bear’s beloved Oktoberfest tradition.

  • Mountain adventure –The world’s leading long-distance hiking event series takes place at Big Bear Lake from September 27 to October 2.

  • Grizzly 100 and Big Bear MTB Gran Fondo – Held October 8, the Grizzly 100/75K is a national ultra endurance racing course offering epic technical riding on some of Southern California’s best singletrack in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains. This race attracts some of the best mountain bikers from around the world. Also offered, the Big Bear Gran Fondo is a mountain bike tour offering four different routes to accommodate all levels of riders. With the 30k Skyview course or the 50k Skyline course, you’ll enjoy the best ride Big Bear has to offer.

Big Bear Mountain Resort

  • Bear Mountain Renovations – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, Renovations to the Bear Mountain base area have resumed. Phase 2 includes a $2 million upgrade to Laybacks Bar, featuring new windows, radiant flooring and a redesigned indoor-outdoor bar area to create better customer flow and customer service. Additionally, the Bear Mountain rental store received a $1.2 million upgrade to make the equipment rental process more efficient. Both projects are expected to be completed before the start of the 2022/23 winter season.

  • Car park Updates – In addition to the improvements on the hill, BBMR and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District (BVCHD) have agreed to exchange parcels of property to better serve their respective constituents and the greater Big Bear Valley community. BBMR will transfer ownership of the 5-acre parcel adjacent to the hospital at Fox Farm Road and Garstin Drive which is currently used as an outpost parking lot at BVCHD in exchange for a 10-acre parcel on Sandalwood Drive, which the resort will develop into a additional remote parking.

  • Employee housing – In an effort to address the lack of long-term affordable housing in the Big Bear Valley, BBMR has purchased the Travelodge Hotel located at 39471 Big Bear Blvd. The building, which will serve as accommodation for seasonal workers, will undergo a complete renovation before the 22/23 season.

For more information on the upcoming winter season or to book your next adventure, go to BigBear.com and BigBearMountainResort.com.