Recently, 31-year-old San Diegan Matt Holt proposed to his girlfriend Michelle at Snow Summit. Both avid snowboarders, Holt worked with the BBMR team on a creative proposal that used large, hand-painted signs placed along the base of the chair lift that spelled out “will you marry me, Michelle?” When the couple rode the lift to the top of the mountain, they looked down on the large signs that were staggered throughout the lift’s ascent.
“Michelle was shocked,” said Holt. “She didn’t think I’d be proposing on that trip and that we were just up there to celebrate my birthday. The signs were placed by ski patrol so that the “Michelle” sign was near the end of the signs and they were placed far apart so she wasn’t sure the signs were even for her until the end when she saw her name. Everyone I worked with leading up to the big day was supportive. They went out of their way to make the experience unforgettable. Coming off the lift right after seeing the proposal signs for the first time and having the Ski Patrol cheering and strangers coming off and congratulating us was really special.”
Guests looking for a romantic spot for a proposal, or just a nice lunch, this Valentine’s Day can head to Snow Summit’s View Haus restaurant, located at the top of the mountain via Chair 1, the East Mountain Express. The View Haus offers spectacular views of Big Bear Lake, spacious decks and a wide variety of upscale menu items, including pastas, salads, deli sandwiches, Mexican food, gourmet desserts and daily specials.
Guests are reminded to check out www.bigbearmountainresorts.com for the latest on events, lift ticket deals, weather and snow conditions and road information. There are still three ways to Big Bear, including Hwy 38 (through Redlands), Hwy 18 from Waterman through Lake Arrowhead and Hwy 18 (the back way through Lucerne Valley). All roads are currently open with no chains required. Hwy 330 is closed below Running Springs. For up-to-the-minute mobile reports, guests can sign up for BBMR’s Text Club: http://bigbearmountain.hipcricket.com/.