3 open routes lead to powder at Big Bear Lake

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 16, 2011 7:32 am

3 OPEN ROUTES LEAD TO FRESH POWDER
Motorists Advised to Take Hwy. 38 or Hwy. 18 to Big Bear for Epic Snow Conditions

Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are preparing for excellent ski conditions just in time for the President’s Day holiday weekend. Snow is in the forecast for the San Bernardino Mountains with snow levels expecting to drop to 4,000 feet.  Three routes to Big Bear are OPEN that include Hwy. 38 (through Redlands), Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline), and Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne Valley). Caltrans crews are in preparation to ensure roads remain clear during snowstorms.

“Big Bear is just a short drive to fresh powder,” said Big Bear Lake Resort Association President and CEO Rick Shoup. “No matter what direction you come from, there’s a way up to Big Bear.”

“Caltrans’ focus is to keep all state highways safe and maintained for mountain travelers,” said Caltrans District 8 Deputy District Director of Maintenance Stephen R. Pusey. “Additional workers are in place for winter months and the crews work around the clock during storm events to keep the roadways plowed and open to mountain resorts.”

Highway 330 (through Highland), the most popular route to Big Bear, is closed for road repairs caused by heavy rain in December. Hwy. 330 remains closed and it is undetermined when it will re-open. Motorists traveling to Big Bear from Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego via Interstate 10 are advised to take Hwy. 38 (through Redlands). Motorists traveling from San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas via Interstate 210 are advised to take Hwy. 18 (through San Bernardino/Crestline). Motorists traveling to Big Bear from low and high deserts, North LA County or Las Vegas are advised to take Hwy. 18 (through Lucerne Valley).

Motorists are advised to always carry tire chains in their vehicle when traveling to the mountains during winter months. For updated road conditions, directions, snow reports, or to book lodging accommodations in Big Bear call 800-424-4232 or log onto www.bigbear.com.

3 Open Roads to Fresh Powder 2-2-2-2-2

Directions to Big Bear:

Hwy. 38 via the I-10 through Redlands
From The Los Angeles Area:
Take Interstate 10 East, to the Orange Street exit (Hwy. 38) in Redlands. There is a stop sign at the bottom of the off ramp, continue straight 1 block to Orange Street, turn left. After approximately 1 mile turn right on Lugonia Ave (Hwy. 38). Follow Hwy. 38 through Mentone to the mountains and follow signs to Big Bear.

From Orange County, South Bay Area or Inland Empire:

Take the 91 East (or the 55 North to the 91 East), to Interstate 215 North, to Interstate 10 East, to the Orange Street exit (Hwy. 38). Follow above directions.

From The San Diego Area:

Take Interstate 15 North, to the 215 North, stay on the 215 North throughout the 60 West / 215 North merger, to Interstate 10 East, to the Orange Street exit (Hwy. 38). Follow above directions.
From The Palm Springs Area:
Take Interstate 10 West to Yucaipa. Take the County Line Road off-ramp. Turn right. Follow County Line Road to Bryant St. Turn left. Follow Bryant St. to Hwy. 38. Turn right onto Hwy. 38 to the mountains and follow signs to Big Bear.
Hwy. 18 (west entrance) via I-210 through San Bernardino / Crestline
From The San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley & Los Angeles Areas:
Take Interstate 210 East to Waterman Avenue North. Exit Waterman Avenue North and turn left. This is Hwy. 18. Take Hwy. 18 through Crestline and Running Springs to Big Bear Lake.

Hwy. 18 (east entrance) via I-15 through Victorville / Lucerne Valley
From North Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Areas:

Take the 210 East or Interstate 10 East to Interstate 15 North. Follow the 15 North over the Cajon Pass towards Victorville and take the Bear Valley Road exit. Turn right (East) at Hwy. 18 through the Lucerne Valley. In Lucerne Valley Hwy. 18 bears to the right (south) toward the mountains. Follow Hwy. 18 around the north end (North Shore Dr.) to Stanfield Cutoff, turn left and proceed over the bridge. At the stoplight turn right onto Big Bear Blvd.
From the High Desert Communities:
From Bear Valley Road take Hwy. 18 East to Lucerne Valley. Hwy. 18 bears right (south) in Lucerne Valley and heads toward the mountains. Follow above directions.
From the Las Vegas Area:
Take the Interstate 15 South, to Hwy. 247 South (through Barstow). Take Hwy. 247 to the Lucerne Valley. After two stop signs turn left onto Hwy. 18 toward the mountains. Follow above directions.
Hwy. 18 via the I-10/ Hwy. 62/ Hwy. 247 through Yucca Valley
From The Palm Springs Area:
Take Interstate 10 West, Exit 117 to merge onto CA-62 East/Twentynine Palms Hwy. toward 29 Palms/Yucca Valley. Turn left at CA-247 North/Old Woman Springs Road to Camp Rock Road. Turn left at Camp Rock Road to Hwy. 18. Continue on Hwy. 18 toward the mountains. Follow above directions.

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