Surf to snowboards: Red Bull switchboard event hits Bear Mountain

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 7, 2011 8:30 am

Southern California is every action sport lover’s dream destination where one can enjoy two favorite activities in the same day: surf and snow. On Saturday, April 9, 250 college students from San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles will participate in the Red Bull Switchboard event where they will begin the day surfing at So Cal beaches, then head up to Bear Mountain for an afternoon on the slopes.

“In less than a tank of gas, SoCal residents can hit the waves in the morning and hit the slopes in the afternoon,” said Chris Riddle, director of marketing for Big Bear Mountain Resorts. “We’re excited to host the snow portion of the Red Bull Switchboard event on April 9. The spring conditions are great thanks to some late snowstorms giving skiers and snowboarders time to hit the slopes before the season ends.”

Once at Bear Mountain, students will enjoy live DJs, contests and special activities like snow volleyball (a snow court built at the base of the mountain to tie in surf-inspired activities) and pond skimming (a pond set up at the base of the mountain where guests can ride their snowboards/skis across or get soaked).

Hwy 330 Update
As of Monday, April 4, Hwy 330 is now open for commuters on a limited basis Monday through Friday. From 6-8 a.m. down-bound traffic will be able to access Hwy 330 from Running Springs. Starting at Highland in San Bernardino, commuters will be able to travel up Hwy 330 from 4-6 p.m.

Guests are reminded to check out 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). Hwy 330 is closed below Running Springs (other than specified commuter times). For up-to-the-minute mobile reports, guests can sign up for BBMR’s Text Club: