BIG BEAR MOUNTAIN RESORTS
>Snow Summit 235 skiable acres; 1,200 vertical feet; 100 annual inches; 31 trails; two high-speed quads, two quads, two triples and five doubles.
>Bear Mountain 198 skiable acres; 1,665 vertical feet; 100 annual inches; 34 trails; two high-speed quads, one quad, two triples, four doubles, one magic carpet and two surface lifts.Tickets: adults (22 and older) $48 day, $30 night; young adults (13—21) $36 day, $26 night; children (7—12) $15 day, $10 night. Prices exclude holidays.
LODGING For private homes from simple to truly spectacular ($85—$700) or pet-friendly resort cabins with authentically rustic decor (some lakefront; $125—$325), contact Big Bear Vacations; 800-524-6600; bigbearvacations.com. Or try the newly renovated Big Bear Frontier motel and cabins, which features a number of lakefront rooms ($59—$269); 877-266-7192; bigbearfrontier.com.
DINING Grizzly Manor Café serves delicious diner-style breakfasts (try the pancakes); 909-866-6226. For upscale breakfast, lunch and dinner, including steaks, fish and game, try Stillwells; 909-866-3121. El Jacalito offers great Mexican and seafood, plus huge margaritas; 909-878-2131.
DON'T MISS Grab a beer, check out big air, and work on your tan on the sundeck at Bear Mountain.
GETTING THERE Big Bear Mountain Resorts are approximately 100 miles from Los Angeles. >From L.A.: Take I-10 East to 30 North to Highway 330 East, which turns into Highway 18. Follow Highway 18 east and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Stay on Big Bear Boulevard through Big Bear Village. For Snow Summit: Turn right on Summit Boulevard. For Bear Mountain: Turn right on Moonridge Road. On holidays or weekends, try I-10 to Highway 38—a bit longer, but faster in traffic.
INFORMATION Snow Summit and Bear Mountain: 909-866-5766; bigbearmountainresorts.com. Reservations: 909-866-5841.