Big Bear Lake Travel Blog› entry 6 of 22 › view all entries
After Christmas it was time to get a little exercise and some fresh air. There's plenty of snow this year so we head up to my sister's place in Big Bear Christmas night.
There's a lot of snow up on the hill and the first task is to remove the snow from the driveway and steps so we can get in the place. I wanted exercise and I got it! Actually, a little more than I expected, it was quite a job!
This morning it was nice to be up on the mountain and not have to get up super early to try to beat all the traffic up the hill! We got up at around 7 and by 8 we were heading for Snow Summit. I remember skiing here when I was a kid. Snow Summit was started in the early 1950s, has about 18 miles of runs and was one of the first ski resorts in Southern California to make extensive use of snow making.
I hoped that there wouldn't be too many people and that wish came true! It turned out that all was fine - not too crowded, the lines for the ski lifts weren't too bad and we had a great day.
We heard that the problem had been for people trying to get up the hill this morning.
By around 4 p.m. I was ready to call it a day! The high altitude (over 7000 ft) combined with all of the exercise had me pretty tired and my feet were killing me. Sitting in an office all year isn't very good preparation for a ski trip! We returned the rental equipment that we had, carried the sleeping little ones to the car and headed for home. Again, it was really nice to have a place right by the slopes. Sure beats having to drive home right away!