It could have been the huge dump of powder, or the $1 million reward leading to the capture of Christopher Dorner that filled up Big Bear this weekend. Either way, there was nothing stopping ski and snow enthusiasts from enjoying the shower of freshies on Bear Mountain.
After an evacuation to give way to search teams, Big Bear Mountain Resort reopened its facilities on Saturday after armed police and SWAT searched the terrain with help from heat-seeking technology on board several helicopters in search of the wanted killer. Christopher Dorner is reported to be on a revenge killing spree after losing his job as an LAPD officer, with three murders reported thus far setting off a manhunt in the San Bernadino hills. The suspect's vehicle was found burnt to a crisp near the Big Bear Resort, calling safety measures to close the mountain temporarily while officers looked for the man.
Over 600 cabins were searched in a door-to-door investigation, and local schools were closed reopening Monday for classes. Although still no sight of the suspect in the Big Bear Lake community, a $1 million reward has been announced by the LAPD for information leading to the capture of the killer.
The talk of the town, the scare has left a damper on some members of the community as fear resonates, but the power of a terrific snow storm can brighten up the faces of any mountain community. Skiers and snowboarders waited patiently to get to Bear Mountain despite the scare of Chistopher Dorner's whereabouts. While fear may be lingering today, his capture would surely set many locals at ease. Until then, let's shred…
Amidst the buzz, bluebird skies and patient patrol cleared the road blocks and opened up the mountain to the anxious community ready to hit the slopes. Junior ski and snowboard competitors were able to focus on their slopestyle routine as the USASA competition went underway at Bear Mountain on Sunday, short for United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association. Many of the most elite skiers and snowboarders on the US Olympic teams competed in the USASA at one point in their career. Junior competitions serve as an important learning tool for kids to step up their game for friendly meets against some of the most talented young skiers and snowboarders.
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Featuring three kickers and several rail options, junior competitors lit up chair 5 with grom style and grace. From backflips to 540's and clean spins from the ladies, the USASA division shined on the mountain making it through to the awards ceremony before 1pm. An awards ceremony in the dining facilities added to the busy festivities at Big Bear this weekend.
It was near impossible to avoid conversation about the wanted killer around Big Bear this weekend, but skiing and riding through the mountain terrain trasports any park rat into a maze of endless possibilities. The Red Bull Plaza steps up anyone's rail game with huge walls, staircases, up-flat-down tables and difficult kinked rails. This is the sports photographer's Candyland, with epic backdrops and the most advanced features for pro riders and amateurs ready with their POV cameras.
The full top-to-bottom ride from Big Bear's chair 9 is super flowy and features jibs for every skill level. Smaller kickers allow for trick practice and progression sections, while the well-built, larger jumps show off the riding level from local rippers.
Overall, Big Bear Mountain Resort is a park paradise. Any jibber could lap chair 9 for days without hitting every feature. Possibilities are endless, and imagination is key on every run.
Get up to Big Bear to enjoy the new snow fall. It is more fun than ever before and keeps stepping up the game for skiers and snowboarders everywhere looking to improve their tricks and be innovative. Bear Mountain has it all. Don't let the Dorner scare stop you from enjoying your shred session. Big Bear is back in business!