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Tune-UP Time

Before starting on this crazy snowboarding adventure, it behooves us to work the rust out seeing that we haven't ridden since last season. Out of every possible locale' to ride here in the United States, Southern California was the obvious choice. Now, I am sure you are saying either "Utah's snow is better!" Or even better, "What about Colorado and Wyoming's steeper alpine?" Granted, they definitely have bigger mountains and better annual snowfall, but California has something that no other place in North America has. What? That's easy, Brian's house and a free place to stay. Plus, as we get ready to fly out to our first destination, Brian's pad serves as a great meeting spot for our crew to get prepared. Of course, by prepared we mean a HUGE blowout party in LA; we all have our own ways of preparing...Don't Judge.

Big Bear

Movie Stars and Park Rats: California's finest! Big Bear is home to California's big park touting over 200 hits and jibs. Known for the textbook rhythms and kickers cut to perfection, any rider of any level can not help but progress their park game at Big Bear. This is not to mention the crazy Socal (That's Southern California for all the foreign viewers) vibe thrashing the mountain. Just take a look at the rider's surf, skate, and snow influences and you might just learn a trick or two. Normally, a tune up session should include all arenas of riding from park and piste to off-piste and pow. However, as Big Bear is only a 1 ½ hour drive from Brian's house, who are we to complain?

Town Altitude: 2177 m
Highest Lift: 2684 m
Vertical Drop: 507 m
KM of Pistes: 27 km
Gondolas/Chairs: 20
Parks: 1
Halfpipe: 2
Cost: $$$

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