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How to Hibernate During COVID-19

Posted On: Apr 30, 2020

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At Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR), it goes without saying that we have an affinity for bears of all shapes and sizes, from the mighty grizzly to the cuddly koala. Bears are known for their size, strength, and ability to stay home for extended periods of time, so we decided to ask our mascot, Biggie, for some tips about how to hibernate safely as the world deals with the COVID-19 crisis.


During the winter, bears can hibernate for up to 7 months. While we certainly hope that isn’t the case when it comes to the current situation, Biggie and multiple healthcare organizations agree that staying home as much as possible is the best way for everyone to stay safe right now.

biggie the mascot hanging from a doorway, waving hi

If you do need to go out for work or essential goods/services, remember to follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask. 

biggie the mascot wearing a mask during covid-19


Regardless of whether you’re staying home or foraging in the forest, remember to wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds so you don’t spread any harmful germs. Biggie also recommends regularly cleaning common areas and items, including counters, doorknobs, and electronics to reduce the risk of contamination.

biggie the mascot washing his hands


In these uncertain times, it can be difficult to strike a balance between personal and professional commitments. Whether it’s working from home, spending time with family, or finding some much-needed downtime, the key is to keep trying until you find the mix that’s just right for you. Preferably without eating everybody else’s porridge.

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Bears are mostly solitary animals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a good get-together every now and then like the rest of us. With multiple online messaging platforms available, usually for little or no cost, social distancing doesn’t mean you have to be socially disconnected. Host your own hibernation party on Skype, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, or Facetime to make things a little more bearable. Just don’t invite Biggie, he’s still on Friendster.

biggie the mascot giving a virtual air hug

As we look forward to better days ahead, we hope our shared experiences during these trying times are like Biggie’s precocious pal Paddington and serve to bring people closer in the end. 


Get ready for summer with all-new BBMR branded apparel and souvenirs, including hoodies, cotton tees, and blankets.

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