Lift & Lodging in a snowy Big Bear winter

Slopes & The Big Game Are A Great Combo

Posted: 01/27/14 | By Daniel

The big Super Bowl game is this Sunday, and it looks like a great matchup between the Seahawks and the Broncos.

If you don't have Super Bowl plans here's some food for thought...head up to Big Bear this Saturday night or drive up early Sunday morning and ski or ride the slopes at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit. I suggest you start early about 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. For those that stay out late Saturday night you're going to have to buck up for this one, after all its Super Bowl Sunday for crying out loud.

Try to get in at least 10 runs. I was at Bear last Saturday and rode for the first four hours, and I must say the mountain resorts are doing a great job at keeping the snow maintained and groomed. Hands down Big Bear is the best in the business for snowmaking and keeping the slopes in good condition.

Once you get in your 10 runs or so, head to the resorts' bars. The game starts at 3:30 p.m., so you might want to get there by 1:30 p.m. to reserve a good spot. The cool thing about the resort bars is there are plenty of TVs, which makes finding a good spot easier. For the diehards it's probably best that you get in some more runs in before settling in for the big game. Also, for those of you who could care less about a football game are in for a treat. You'll notice from about 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. that the slopes are wide open because most people choose to watch the game.

Here is a key tip for the real football fan. If you finish skiing or riding early on Super Bowl Sunday take your ticket to the ticket window before 1 p.m. to receive $19 credit voucher on your next visit, lessons or rentals. And once you hang up your skis or board for the day then take advantage of Big Bear Mountain Resorts Super Bowl XLVIII discounts on food and beer.

My favorite bar is Summit Inn. It has all the charm of mountain motif and historic photos of the good ole days at Snow Summit. The bartenders make great drinks and there is always a good vibe as laughter and happiness fill the room. I like to sit at the bar and watch the game from there. There is a set menu, however I think the kitchen closes at 4 p.m. So I suggest getting your order in by 3:30 p.m. There is also other munchies you can order from the bar. There is nothing like skiing or riding the mountain all day, and then settling in for an ice-cold brew and a great football game afterwards.

If you’re up here, but want to check out a different scene then check out the Super Bowl party at Stillwells Restaurant at Northwoods Resort. It’s a BBQ-themed party that includes free appetizers.

Murray’s Saloon and eatery is having a pig-roast and drink specials. They are also selling commemorative Super Bowl t-shirts. Stick around after the game to route for your favorite karaoke singers. Who knows you just might get the courage to get up there and belt out a couple songs.

Nottinghams Tavern is also having a shindig for the big game. There are drink specials, football pools, prizes.

It’s a toss-up who is going to win the Super Bowl, but one thing for sure is it should be a good battle to the end. If you are in Big Bear for the big Super Bowl game you are certain to have a good time. Remember to keep it safe and if you have too much to drink call Big Bear Cab at 909-866-8294.

Have a great Super Bowl Weekend,

Daniel Pea