Opening: Snow Summit Bike Park

Mountain biking season pops an early wheelie near Big Bear.

THE CALIFORNIA MOUNTAINS... may have gotten a prodigious amount of snowfall over the 2016-2017 winter season, but that doesn't mean that summertime, and all of summer's outdoorsy pleasures, won't eventually make an appearance. In fact, the get-out-and-sweat pursuits of the still-to-come season are already popping up around the state, with bike events making a prominent showing. But it isn't only the once-a-year cycle spectaculars that are welcoming the heating-up temps; there are bike-themed destinations that are also joining the May's merry festive fray. One of the go-to spots on the mountain biker's map is the Downhill Bike Park at Snow Summit, a trail-laden haven that offers bumps, hills, curves, and challenges aplenty. So, mountain mavens, stow your skis, and place your poles in storage, at least for now: The opening weekend for the Snow Summit Bike Park is...

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: You can be up there on Friday, May 26 if you want to be in the first swing of things, but the park'll rock all weekend long. Be on the lookout for "...several newly added trails as well as the return of the 'Worm's World' pump track." And note that riders of "all disciplines and abilities" are more than welcome, so if this is your first season giving mountain biking a hearty go, ask about a trail that's right for you. What else is doing up the big hill over the holiday weekend? So much: Kayaking on the lake, zip-lining, fishing, and lots more. Check it out, if you're doing some biking around Big Bear (or just planning to chill out, and see the scene, over the final weekend of May 2017).

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