Growing up I loved to ski! But as I got older, ski trips were few and far between. I have been meaning to make it out to the mountains & I finally did for my friend Rachel’s birthday!
Working full-time I decided it would be best to go up for one night. So I left Seal Beach, CA at 7:00am Saturday. The drive flew by & before I knew it I was winding up the mountain to meet everyone at the cabin we rented on Airbnb. Not long after my arrival we were ready to hit the slopes!
Big Bear has a few different resorts. Bear Mountain & Snow Summit are the two most popular. We went to Bear Mountain & were lucky enough to score a killer parking spot at the resort. Usually you have to take a shuttle from a lower parking lot to the resort (so be prepared if you have your own equipment.
To make it easy, I purchased a lift ticket & rented my ski equipment at the resort. It was about $140.00 for everything combined. This was definitely not the cheapest way to go about it, but it was very easy. If you are trying to save a few bucks, you can rent equipment before you get there & purchase your lift ticket in advance here!
Compared to Friday, the mountain was much more crowded. But since it was my first day on the slopes, I wouldn’t have noticed if my friends did not point it out.
Access Express was our first lift of the day! I was a little nervous since it had been a few years since my last time on ski’s but this was the perfect run. I went down Easy Street the first time & Accelerator for more of a challenge after.
We grabbed some burgers & smoothies with red bull for lunch (weird I know, but it was really good). Then reapplied sunscreen before we went back to the slopes! It ended up being a super hot day. I wish I was more prepared for the heat, but I ditched my jacket & was fine in a tank top the whole time. Until I realized how sunburnt I got!
Bear Mountain Express was the lift we spent the rest of the day on. This one had lots of advanced & intermediate trails, I don’t think I ever took the same way down. There was also a look out point for photos!
The lifts closed at 4:30pm, but we were all worn out & sore by then. One of the girls rented a locker, which made it really easy to put our own shoes on at the end of the day. Then we returned our equipment & headed back to our cabin to Jacuzzi before dinner.
I’m not normally into Jacuzzi’s but it felt so good after a long day using muscles I forgot I had. Just beware of falling pinecones, we had a few almost hit us!
When it was time for dinner we called the Big Bear Shuttle. It was $5.00 cash per person to take us into town, so be sure you bring some with you. El Jacalito Grill had delicious food & even better margaritas!
Overall it was a wonderful weekend getaway that re-ignited my love for skiing. If anyone has recommendations on ski’s I think I am in the market for some! I can’t wait to go again!
What I Wore!
Snow Pants by Patagonia Snow Pants
Wool Tank by Smartwool Merino 150 Base Layer Tank
Base Layer by Smartwool Midweight Long Underwear
Vest by Patagonia Nano-Air Vest (I wish I had this on the mountain!)