Epic Spring Boarding Courtesy of Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Red Bull and Neff

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 5, 2012 6:04 pm

Big Bear Mountain is the premier destination for southern Californians looking escape the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles scene. While it’s been a difficult winter across the nation, both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have been killing it this season with solid snowpacks and epic events.

“We couldn’t ask for a better spring snowpack,” says Vice President of Marketing Chris Riddle, standing at his office window overlooking Chair One at Snow Summit. “Spring always brings a new kind of fun and energy to our mountains.”

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The California dream: Hitting up the surf and snow on the same day | Photo: J. Keppler/ The Ski Channel

This past weekend, busloads of skiers and snowboarders descended upon Bear Mountain taking part in Red Bull’s Annual Switchboard Event. Many people don’t realize this, but SoCal board enthusiasts have the ability to hit the surf and the snow all in the same day! Excited action sports achievers met up at Huntington Beach and La Jolla Beach to get pitted on some superior swells. Then after some post-surf burritos and with brine-caked hair-dos hopped a caravan of coach busses — and one party bus housing industry VIPs and Pro Surfer Ian Walsh — to schlep it up to Bear Mountain for some afternoon shredding! 

The fun continues into this upcoming weekend when Neff Headwear combines the atmosphere of the beach with the action-packed scene at Bear Mountain for this year’s Neff Beach Bash. With $2,500 in cash prizes and a live performance by Hyper Crush, it’s sure to be a great event. Also, keep an eye out for some holiday spirit as real-life peeps bring Easter to the slopes at Snow Summit!

Snow Summit will remain open with fun and complete services for the whole family, including ski school and all levels of terrain, until April 15th. Bear Mountain will keep Chair 9 open with intermediate to advanced terrain and limited services until April 15th.