Who has been out enjoying all the snow here at Big Bear? If you haven’t taken advantage yet of this snowy season then make your reservation today!
Speaking of Big Bear snow, if traditional skiing isn’t your thing then you can still have fun on some boards this winter. Just hit the hills on some cross-country skis.
Traditionally, skiing was used as a means of transportation; all the jumps and lifts we typically associate with skiing actually didn’t come until much later. They’re a great way to get across a snow-covered expanse with more speed than snowshoes would provide.
If you’re ready to give this traditional winter activity a try, there are a few things you should consider before you go:
- Similar to using snowshoes, this activity is great for all fitness levels. It’s a great way for beginners to get comfortable on skis. That being said, the level of difficulty will always depend on the terrain involved. It’s recommended that first timers utilize machine-groomed trails. If you do decide to head out on your own, ask your ski rental provider or area trail information center where is best for a beginner.
- Some form of ski lesson (downhill or cross-country) is always recommended before you
head out. Beginner lessons will help you understand what equipment you are using and how best to use it effectively.
- Speaking of gear, you can’t borrow you uncle’s downhill skis for your cross-country skiing experience. Unlike downhill skis, cross-country skis only attach to the ski at the toe of the boot. This allows the user to make a motion more like natural walking. Likewise, don’t ever try to use cross-country skis out on the slopes! They are not designed to handle speed or the maneuverability necessary.
- Dress similarly to what you would for any outdoor winter activity that requires movement. Wear layers that move with your body, with a water proof outer layer.
Are you ready to get started? There are many locations in Big Bear that you can rent cross-country skis. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit can help you with any rentals or basic ski lessons you need. Goldsmith’s has gear packages perfect for beginners and will give you the best tips on where to try your new hobby. Ski Haus, TC Ride Shop, and Blauers are also great places to find rentals or to purchase new gear. Rim Nordic, in neighboring Running Springs, has gear and lessons on site.
We hope this helps build your excitement to go out and try cross-country skiing at Big Bear. And remember, we’ll always have a warm, comfortable cabin or luxury hotel room ready for you when you get done. Make your reservation today.