Close to San Diego, Nice Layout, Friendly Service
Arrogant/rude boarders, way too crowded, slow lifts
Ill start by saying we did enjoy our time at Bear, the one time we went mid week early in the morning for several hours. Living in San Diego, we can get to Big Bear in a couple hours. I like the way the mountain is layed out - i also like the overall vibe. It's a nice looking resort with decent man made snow. What really sucks about the place is some of the lousy attitude these snowboarders have. Il will totally single out the boarders, because i do not ski - i'm strictly an intermediate snowboarder. i only snowboard on the mountain.
I think its pretty lame and rude for these boarders to sit smack dab in the middle of the runs. First of all it's dangerous not just for beginners, but for everyone riding and skiing. Just park it to the side. This is really evident in the jib park - we tried saying something to a couple idiot boarders and it ended up in a talking smack match - not really nice for young kids to witness. It's weird but i don't see skiers get into this situation and it sucks because i snowboard and i don't want others to think my girl and i are like these dudes. Completely frustrating.
The lifts are another issue - the place gets soooo packed and once you get one guy who feels the need to act "smart and cute" it just gets all his friends and everyone else his mental age to do the same. This mainly happened on the weekend. Now as i said, we've also been to Bear mid week - and it seemed like a totally different place - very cool, calm and rider friendly.
The prices for lift tickets and getting food definitely burned a hole in our pockets, but i guess that's how it goes these days at the park. We don't mind paying a little more if we're having a good/memorable time. But if youre having to dodge people sitting on the run, getting yelled choice words for asking them to move out of everyone's way, dealing with ultra packed lines to ride grandma's slow chairlift and dealing with rude people in line knocking into your board every time you move 2 feet, to most of us - that's not considered a really a good time. Thankfully the mid week day trip override's our crap time on the weekend. We recommend boarders and skiers that want a hassle free time to go early to mid week, and day hours for the best time at this cool resort.
If youre one for the loud, crowded, rude, attitude-y and pay steep dollar for everything type - please go on the weekend - you'll fit right in.