The “Big Bear Ski Club” was formed in 1963 with the ski area’s support by a number of local parents of junior ski racers. They raised money, hired coaches, and the program was born.
Hundreds of local kids have honed their skills in the Club’s programs, gaining the lifelong benefits of competitiveness, fitness and sportsmanship, and some have even become nationally ranked ski racers. Over the last few years the Snow Summit Race Team has sent approximately twenty-one athletes to the Regional Championships, which is an outstanding achievement. SSRT members have traveled to Alaska, Argentina, and Austria for competitions.
The Snow Summit Race Team is truly a community effort; involving parents, the kids, and many Big Bear valley businesses, especially Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. It has proven to be a great source of pride and accomplishment for all. Through ski racing, the program continues to fulfill its original mission: promoting the competitive spirit, healthy outdoor activity, teamwork, team spirit, scholarship, and pride of accomplishment---not only in the racers themselves, but in their parents and the entire community. The team and the individual members project a positive image within the community of the BBSEF, Snow Summit L.L.C., and the Big Bear valley.