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Peak of the Week: Snow Summit, CA

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Big Bear, CA

Snow Summit

FIVE-FUN-FACTS about Snow Summit!

1. INNOVATIVE SNOW-MAKING. Snow Summit opened in 1952 - By the 1960's owner & avid sportsman Tommi Tyndall was convinced that snow-making was possible in SoCal. Although Tommi unfortunately passed in 1964, his wife Jo made his dream a reality... By the 1973/74 season, a $10-million reservoir system was built and installed atop the mountain peak, pulling hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from Big Bear Lake, distributed down to hundreds of snow-guns, which cover the mountain with man-made snow. Today the system is still very much underway, giving Snow Summit the most dependable snow conditions in SoCal. In the last few seasons alone, more than $12 million have been invested to advance snow-making capabilities. You can always count on 3-5 feet of fresh snow at Summit. That's why you'll often see cars with license plates from Utah & Colorado grace Snow Summits Parking Lot! - Avid ski/riders know where they can always get snow, all season long!

Watch this video where Snow Summit was featured on The Travel Channel!!


2. 60 YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Snow Summit celebrates their exciting 60-Year-Anniversary this season! Head on up to the mountain Saturday, January 12th for fireworks, as well as a fun day of skiing/riding & activities - stay tuned for more details. While you are there, check out the "Snow Summit Story," by President Dick Kun, expressing firsthand experience thru the first 50 years... including the loss of loved ones, newspaper clippings and photos and more. Jo Tyndall, Wife of Tommi & Mother to Dick retired in 1980 and sadly passed away from Cancer that same year. Dick then assumed the position of president. This family has quite a legacy in its past with much to be proud of!! We salute you Snow Summit & family with your 60 years of incredible history! 


3. LEGENDARY CHAIRLIFT. Summit completed the first detachable chairlift in 1953. By the 1968/69 season Snow Summit installed its second chair - Westridge Run. Following the exception development of the giant reservoir snow-making system, a third chair was necessary... so in the 1972/73 season Chair 3 and its runs were constructed. By 1975/76 Chair 4, the beginner lift, was installed, Chair 5 was soon to follow. By 1976 skiing was so popular, people would sleep in sleeping bags in front of the ticket windows as early as 2:00 am. For this reason, Snow Summit was the first o offer pre-purchased tickets. During Summer of 1979, Chairs 6 and 7 were installed. And in 1981 Chair 8 was installed, the last approved by the Forest Service. Snow Summit later acquired their neighbor Resort, Goldmine, renaming it Bear Mountain,operating as a dual-mountain entity to this day.


4. QUADRUPLE-THREAT TALENT. During the Summer of 1988 Snow Summit revolutionized itself once again by allowing Mountain Bikes to ride the chairlift up the mountain with their riders. This bold move enabled riders to ride down the trails off-site beyond permit boundaries. Big Bear has some of the best mountain biking in Southern California accessible by the Snow Summit Scenic Chair with more than 40 miles of cross-country forest service roads and trails. Today you also Hike surrounding Trails. Snow Summit is indeed one of the first to be a Quadruple-Talented Mountain: Skiing + Snowboarding + Biking + Hiking. 


5. EXPANSION & CREDENTIALS. On October 10, 2002, Snow Summit expanded BIG time by buying the "resort next door" with the purchase of Bear Mountain. Today Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, combine to form Southern California's number one ski resort.

In the 1990's the advent of snowboarding made Snow Summit an ultimate SoCal destination, catering to snowboarders and putting in terrain parks & half-pipes, allowing the sport to grow like wildfire. Snow Summit has lead the industry in the design and operation of freestyle parks still holding one of the largest amounts of terrain dedicated to freestyle skiing in the nation. With such a reputation, several high-caliber events have been held at the resort including ESPN's Winter X GamesVans Triple Crown of SnowboardingMTV Snowed-In, and many Celebrity and Pro-Am contests over the years. Speaking of credentials, Snow Summit is owned by local share-holders via a privately held corporation which keeps its rootsy reputation in-tact. For decades Snow Summit has proven to be paramount at Keepin' it Real!  


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