I'm not a local, but I buy a season pass every year. If "non-locals" never came to bear, you wouldn't have chairlifts to lift your sorry local ass up the mountain. I love big bear and you should be thankful that the mountain can pay for snow blowers, snowcats, park features, and chairlifts/energy. Happy holidays, bruh.
Went Sunday & Monday. Sunday was windy and wicked cold. Monday was awesome. Light snow all day, great tree runs through the powder. Top was closed, but no big deal, everything else was open. Great first trip of the year.