GO Pro Bear Mountain Snowboarding Trip
A couple weekends ago, the GO Pro team took a trip up to Big Bear for our first ever winter snowboard retreat. I had been looking forward to doing this for some time now and it was good to get away for the weekend and chill with the team. Great bonding!
Anyway, I have never been snowboarding or skiing before (can you believe it?) so I was contemplating the whole week whether to try snowboarding for the first time. I’ve seen many of my friends break arms, disclocate shoulders, bruised knees, etc so I was very wary of being a part of this. This is coupled with the fact that I have done practically zero physical activity in the past 5 years so I was sure to be very sore the next day.
Alas when we finally arrived, I was peer pressured into trying snowboarding. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one as Andy, Scottie, Violet, and Howie had never been snowboarding before and Q and Sandra were beginners. So off we were to the Bear Mountain slopes.
I had not seen snow in probably 10 years so just being up there was fun enough for me. When we arrived, we rented snowboards and boots and purchased our lift ticket. It all ended up to be around $100. Good lawd this is an expensive sport! 99 cent Jumbo Jacks were in store for me the next week.
After some brief instruction from Kase, we were off in the lift up to the bunny slopes. Is it just me or is anybody afraid of falling out of the lift chair? I mean there is no restraint keeping you from falling out unless you bring that bar down and I didn’t see many people doing that (except for my scaredy cat ass). When we finally made it to the top, Sandra promptly fell in front of me which caused me to eat it. That was the first fall of many that day.
Kase taught us the “falling leaf” method but I found this very boring and tedious so proceeded to take off down the hill and just learn on the fly. Not too hard except I couldn’t really steer that well and almost ended up crashing into the fences multiple times. It was very frustrating but fun at the same time! It’s kind of embarassing when you see all these little kids and chicks whizzing gracefully by while you are wobbling around like a drunk idiot.
Well, four times down the bunny slopes was good enough for me. I packed it in for the day and joined Andy, Violet, and Sandra down at the benches for some overpriced bread bowl clam chowder. Yay! All in all a pretty successful first time. Check out the video that Kase shot of our first “lift off”. Hah!
For all you noobs, I also did some research when I got back home and here’s the 3 places to snowboard in the Los Angeles area:
1) Bear Mountain (www.bearmountain.com): According to opinions of more seasoned snowboarders, this is the best ski/snowboard place to go in Southern California. Peak weekends and holidays will run you $66 for a lift ticket and snowboard/boot rental is $30. The staff is REALLY friendly and I was really impressed how genuinely helpful and nice everybody was. You can tell the people who work there really love their job and being up in the mountains.
2) Snow Summit (www.snowsummit.com) – Also in Big Bear, this is apparently better than Bear Mountain if you’re a beginner. Bear Mountain has the label for hardcores while Snow Summit is for the families and beginners. Rates are the same as Bear Mountain and the lift ticket gets you access to BOTH Snow Summit and Bear Mountain.
3) Mt. High (www.mthigh.com) – Located close by in the San Gabriel mountains, I heard this places gets REALLY crowded. It is at a lower elevation than Bear Mountain/Snow Summit so the snow isn’t as good but it’s CHEAP! During peak weekends and holidays it’s $64 for a lift ticket and snowboard/boot rental is $30 but the best deal is on Wednesdays where it’s 2 for 1 ($27/person). What a deal for all you peeps who got laid off. Rejoice! I might definitely try this deal out next year.
All in all this is ANOTHER reason why LA is the best place to live in the US. The beach is less than 30 minutes away and the snow is less than 2 hours away. Who can beat that?