It's probably not the easiest thing being a member of the U.S. armed forces in these perilous times.

Nor is it especially less stressful for police and firefighters, when you come to think about it - consider all those destructive wild fires that have been the bane of Southern Californians over the recent years.

So it's nice to know that there are many people who would like to thank the guys and gals in green (or blue or white or whatever color uniform) for their sacrifices.

You can count Big Bear Mountain Resorts as part of the thankful crew.

The two neighboring Southern California resorts that rise above Big Bear Lake - Bear Mountain and Snow Summit -- are offering lift ticket discounts on specific Uniform Days this season.

Pop by either of the resorts' ticket windows March 11-12 and April 8-9, flash a badge or current military ID, and score big savings - say, $15 off the regular $53 adult fare -- on a day of riding.

Although this offer is not valid in conjunction with any other promotions or discounts, it is extended to emergency medical service personnel, too.

Bear Mountain offers 17 rideable miles; while Snow Summit has 18 skiable miles.