Heat Escape: Big Bear Scenic Sky Chair

Buy your ticket to the mountain attraction 72 hours in advance and save.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND... around Southern California? No one is surprised when it turns out to be a real sizzler. That's a common forecast, when August meets September, and people suddenly find themselves seeking the nearest oscillating fan, the closest ice cream treat, or, if possible, a way to get to a higher, cooler elevation. If this last goal is part of your current Labor Day Weekend outlook, consider heading to Big Bear Mountain Resort, and then, once you're there, going even higher. How? On the Scenic Sky Chair. True, chairs scrolling up and down mountains are frequently associated with skiers and boarders and snow, but, in the hottest days of summertime, they can make for a pleasant outing, one that comes with a few cool-down breezes and several sweeping views. There's something else pretty nifty about the Big Bear attraction, though, and it is this: If you buy your ticket at least 72 hours in advance, you can save 20%, giving you more cash for ice cream treats. It's a...

"MILE-LONG ASCENT... through the San Bernardino National Forest," and if an elevation of 8,200 feet sounds like a sweet way to bid goodbye to the heat, this above-it-all ride could be your dream outing. But that's not the only possibility to pursue in the area over the holiday weekend. Check out the Glow Golf event on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 at Bear Mountain Golf Course. It's after-dark fun times on the green, with glowing balls to lead the way. Feeling the Big Bear Lake-style breezes already? Plan your Labor Day Weekend road trip to a place certain to be a least a smidgen, or make that several smidgens, cooler than much of Southern California.

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