Living in Southern California, a powder day at your local mountain is a day you won’t soon forget. Working full-time doesn’t always allow us to just pick up and go when a storm is moving in. But this weekend we timed just right!
We drove up Saturday morning first thing to try to get a good parking spot. Unfortunately both top lots were paid ($20) so we parked in the lower dirt lot and got shuttled up to the base of the mountain only about a 10min ride as the shuttles drive slow.
Since it was our first trip of the season, I started out on my snowboard. Figured I’d get a couple runs in before jumping ship to skis. Felt good to be back on the mountain even with the crowds. Halfway through the day it was time to switch, so I hopped back on the shuttle down to the car.
It was definitely a throw back feeling, as I skied when I was younger but switched to snowboarding in High School. It was the cool thing 🙂 Anyways I changed out my boots, put my board back in the bag and headed up for the second half on skis.
This was one of our first trips up so Nick and I decided to stop and get our snowboard and skis tuned and waxed. I decided to ski the whole day, kind of force myself to get used to skiing, and I am so glad I did! I started on an easy run and let Nick head up to the top to get a few in at his own speed.
After a few runs we met back up and I headed higher up the mountain and well, I went down my first black diamond on skiis! Gotta get it over with at some point right? It was crazy how quickly it came back!
We got a full day of powder in, with some of the biggest flakes I think I have ever seen in Big Bear. It was truly an amazing day on the mountain. In Southern California the weather doesn’t always line up for a powder day, but when it does…. see for yourself below!