Take a hike!

By Annette Verdejo |Staff Writer|

Despite the lack of snow in the mountains, season pass holders and locals are still enjoying all of what Bear Mountain has to offer.

The snow has melted and all the snowboarders have put their gear in storage for the summer and have turned to other sports to help count down the days until the resorts open up again. But there is still use for your 2010-2011 Dual Mountain Season Pass.

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain will be offering golf, hiking, mountain biking and scenic sky chair rides. Both resort are open for spring and summer events.

For those of you that love to hike, this is the place to do it at. You might be asking if you have to hike all the way up the mountain, but you don’t. You simply pay your fee and are able to ride the chair lift which has a breath taking view of the lovely San Bernardino mountain range. When you reach the top, you exit the lift and enjoy your hike down the mountain.

“I always get a season pass to Bear Mountain in the winter because it’s totally worth the price if you go snowboarding a lot,” said Trevor Jackson, a resident of Big Bear. “Then you can still use it all summer to go golfing or hiking.”

Bear Mountain has a nine-hole golf course and driving range. They also offer lessons and equipment rentals.

The golf course at Bear Mountain features a deal called the Penny-a-Stroke beer deal for those of you Coyotes that are 21 and over. They offer also applies to soda.

“It’s a par 35 for 9-holes so if your score is 109 you pay $1.09 for your drink,” as stated by snowsummit.com

If mountain biking is more your thing, you can strap your bike to your car and head up the hill for some excellent trail rides.

Only cross-country style bikes are permitted on the Scenic Sky Chair. No downhill specific bikes will be transported.

In order for bikes to be carried by the lifts they must be less than 35 pounds, designated tire size must be less than 2.5, front shocks must have less than 6.5 inches of travel and bikes must have at least two chain rings unless they are single speed according to snowsummit.com

Fees for the sky chair and for a scenic roundtrip ride with no bicycle is $12 for adults 13 and up, for children 7 to 12 years old  it’s $6. As always children six years and younger are free with a paying adult.

For a one way ride without a bike it is $8 for an adult and $5 for a child. For a one way with a bike, the price is the same as roundtrip without a bicycle. An all day pass with a bike is $25 for adults and $15 for children.



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