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Hilary Nutting of Fawnskin, CA has agreed to be interviewed by the staff at Big Bear Country. She is an avid snowboarder who has been in numerous snowboarding competitions. The topic is snowboarding in Big Bear Lake, CA at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts, also known as Bear Mountain Resorts.

BBC:

What is your name?

Nutting:

Hilary Nutting

BBC:

What city do you live in?

Nutting:

Fawnskin, which is across the lake from the city of Big Bear Lake, but in the same valley as the ski resorts.

BBC:

When snowboarding in Big Bear, which resort is your favorite, Snow Summit or Bear Mountain?

Nutting:

It depends on my mood. When I feel like riding hard and seeing a bunch of friends, I ride at Bear Mountain. When I want to relax in a more low-key atmosphere, I go to Snow Summit. The two resorts are very different.

BBC:

Do you have a favorite slope?

Nutting:

Any slope with snow on it.

BBC:

What is your favorite food at either resort?

Nutting:

The mini pizzas at Bear Mountain are awesome. Especially the plain cheese. Mmmmmm.

BBC:

How often during a season do you get to snowboard in Big Bear?

Nutting:

I ride about four or five days a week, depending on my schedule.

BBC:

What are the highlights of Snow Summit and/or Bear Mountain?

Nutting:

Bear has a lot of terrain features, like jumps and rails. It also has some really great steep terrain on Geronimo. Skiers love the steep stuff, and so do snowboarders who enjoy freeriding. Summit is a more family-type atmosphere, with smaller jumps and rails available, but there are still some pretty challenging jumps over there.

BBC:

When did you become interested in snowboarding in Big Bear?

Nutting:

I moved to Big Bear from Mammoth Lakes a few years ago because I wanted to be closer to the city, and it turned out to be a great move!

BBC:

Have you ever entered in a snowboarding competition in Big Bear?

Nutting:

Yes, when I used to compete back in the day. But I'm an old lady now, having hit my 30s. Competitions here are still fun, though, from what I see and hear. There's USASA and other competitions that come to these mountains all season long.

BBC:

As a snowboarder familiar with Big Bear Lake's ski resorts, do you have any advice for the newbies?

Nutting:

Yeah, if you're just learning, take a lesson. Why reinvent the wheel or risk your significant other laughing at you when you fall on your face? Also, learning is less painful when the snow is soft. Wait until it softens up in the late morning or learn on freshly-fallen snow.

BBC:

Do you have a fond memory of Bear Mountain or Snow Summit you'd like to share?

Nutting:

The best part of the year is always the torchlight parade held at Snow Summit every New Year's Eve. It's so beautiful. I usually take part, carrying a torch down from the top of the mountain. All the lights are out, except for the hundreds of torchlights carried by skiers and snowboarders. It's awesome. So are the parties after!!