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April 10, 2014 | by Dan McKernan

Big Bear Lake, Calif. - Snow Summit Mountain Resort opens its mountain bike park for the season April 18, 2014.  The early season opening makes it the first mountain resort bike park to open in America. Also, two new low-level/beginner trails are being added to the bike park for the 2014 season.  

At the time of this press release Snow Summit still had some small patches of snow showing at the resort. However, Snow Summit officials have inspected the grounds and have deemed its trails system ready for operation.      

“We've done a full assessment of the mountain to ensure our trails are ready to ride,” said Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing at Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “We're thrilled to give mountain bikers the opportunity to enjoy our bike trails in April, which is the earliest we’ve ever offered this.”   

On April 19 Snow Summit hosts its official kickoff celebration with festivities that includes a disc jockey, national manufacturer vendor booths, drink specials, and tons of prize giveaways. Early season dates are April 18 to June 15 with mountain biking every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This year Fridays are have been added to the early season weekend schedule. On June 16, the park begins its regular summer hours seven days a week. Also, this year the park will extend its daily operations two weeks past Labor Day through September 14.  After September 14 the bike park returns to operating weekends only, and is expected to remain open into late October or early November depending on weather conditions.    

Snow Summit is the only lift-served mountain bike park in Southern California. It offers easy access to a network of trails via its Scenic Sky Chair that transports mountain bikers to the top of Snow Summit with bikes in tow. Once at the top, riders have the option to ride Big Bear's south shore trails system for cross country riding that includes the region’s best single-track trails such as the Skyline Trail and Pine Knot Trail or the other option is to ride downhill trails located on the face of Snow Summit.   

Last summer was the first time to since 2004 Snow Summit allowed riders on downhill-specific bikes to ride down the face of Snow Summit. In fact, the resort cut a top-to-bottom trail called Miracle Mile Trail, which is an advanced run for experienced mountain bikers. The trail includes upper level features such as step ups, banked turns and bridges. The Westridge Trail offers intermediate terrain and features, and it has a connector trail called Party Wave for more advanced riders. This year Snow Summit has approval to build a beginner trail on the west end of the mountain. The new top-to-bottom trail called Going Green is designed for low-level riders. It is much wider and gentler than the other trails. Also new this year is a beginners trail at the base of the resort called Bear Bottom Beginner Loop. Scenic Sky Chair all-day passes with bike are $35, and season passes are available for $279 adult or $149 child.       

“The early season opening gives our pass holders an even greater value,” stated Chris Riddle “Pass holders only need to ride the park eight days, and every time after those eight days it becomes a free ride.”   

In addition to biking, the mile-long Scenic Sky Chair transports sightseers and hikers to the top of Snow Summit at an elevation of 8,200’, offering access the top of the mountain to witness panoramic views and enjoy nature up close. In fact one of the options for the Scenic Sky Chair is to hike back down. There are a wide range of hikes to choose from including a new hike that takes hikers down Skyline Drive (2N10) and traverses across the ridgeline offering spectacular views of Mount San Gorgonio Wilderness.  

Snow Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair hours of operation are early season April 18 to June 15 (Friday – Sunday only), regular summer season is June 16 to September 14, and late season is September 19 to the beginning of the 2014-2015 winter season (Friday – Sunday only weather permitting). Sunday to Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rates for the Scenic Sky Chair are round trip without bike $16 adult (ages 13 and over), $8 child (ages 7-12); one-way ride without bike $10 adult, $6 child; One-way ride with bike $16 adult, $8 child; All-day pass with bike $35 adult, $22 child. A season pass for mountain biking is available for $279 adult (ages 13 and over) and $149 for child (ages 7-12). Bike rentals (includes helmets) are available for adults and juniors, which can either be rented for three hours or all day. The types of bikes range from cross-country full suspension bikes, free-ride bikes or high end downhill bikes. 

For more information about Snow Summit’s summer activities visit or call 909-866-5766. For everything there is to see and do in Big Bear Lake, to book lodging accommodations, or to request a Visitors Guide, log onto or call 1-800-424-4232.

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April 10, 2014

News tag(s) { Mountain Biking Snow Summit Adventure Park Biking Downhill Biking Scenic Sky Chair Bike Trails }

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