OPENING DAY: SNOW SUMMIT BIKE PARK AT BIG BEAR

The most fun you can have with your helmet on

SNOW SUMMIT AT BIG BEAR OPENING WEEKEND

By JJ Squires

This past weekend I had the pleasure of riding the opening day at Snow Summit Bike Park. I had never been there before, so I was excited to see what they had to offer. It’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed.

With two lifts to choose from line length wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. The wait in the morning was long, but after lunch it became much more manageable.

100% of the trails were open when the lifts started turning. That means a lot of maintenance is needed, even on the first day. In typical California fashion, the trails at Snow Summit are dry and dusty. While I was up there, I was stoked to see a whole crew of guys with hoses wetting down the most popular trails.

As you can imagine, parking was quite crazy on the first day. Parking officials were in place and making the process as painless as possible, but it was still hard to get a good spot. Thankfully, I could make it up early and grab a nice spot in a side lot surrounded by some rad neighbors.

Big jumps and massive wall-rides are shining features on the newly re-designed “Westridge,” the perfect extension to “Blue Steel” to make one epic run.

This fun map design helps your keep your bearings while you’re sending it down the mountain.

Safety is first in the village area, be sure to walk your bike on the bricks. There are plenty of places to chill between runs.

With day passes topping off at $69 for adults and $46 for 12 and under, you’re not going to be breaking the bank for the day of fun. People 80+ and 4 and under ride free.

All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend the day. I can’t wait to go back to explore all I missed on this first day. I highly recommend making the trip.

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