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It’s CMSC Weekend!


I can’t even describe how excited I am for this weekend!  My CMSC Friends … no … my CMSC Family are coming to visit.  It’s a weekend of great snow, laughter, dancing and of course amazing ski racing!  I think this is CMSC’s 24th season racing at Ski Brule.  Why?  Because Ski Brule can guarantee them snow, great racing and the best hospitality ANYWHERE!

Santa is visiting this weekend too!  On the slopes and in the lodge Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

Get your singing voice ready … it’s Karaoke at Brule Saloon Saturday night.

~Ski Ya Soon

Hoping for 100%

The “Monday Morning Blues” is nonexistent here because we just got hit with more snow!

Yesterday was beautiful and we measured a total of 8 inches of fresh snow and this morning we woke up to about 3″ more. The snow making crew is still working extremely hard though and we are so hopeful that this weekend (12/8) the hills will be 100% open. That means that Homestead Lodge could be open this weekend too. You know what that means, mid run hot cocoa…mid run spiked hot cocoa. Everything is weather dependent of course!

I’ve been enjoying these warmer temperatures and shedding a layer. Finally getting use to the “cold” and my long johns aren’t as important anymore!! Come find me on the hill, my skiing is improving and I no longer live on Maple Syrup haha

Loving the snow.

Sincerely, “The Other Blonde”


Opening Day 2018/19


It doesn’t matter how many year’s I’ve been here for opening day … I still get soooooo excited to hear the roar of Big Bear and all the familiar faces coming to ride.  It was an amazing day!  Over 500 guests helped celebrate opening day.  Snow was great and rails/boxes were set on Bambi trail.  Lots of fun for everyone!

The snowmaking weather looks amazing so I expect more trails open for the weekend.  Plan now to play and your lift ticket is ONLY $25!   11/16-11/18 lift tickets are $25 for adult and juniors.  Regular rates begin 11/19.

Ski Brule will have more open terrain and better snow than anywhere else for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Plan to visit your Ski Brule this holiday.

~Thinking Snow
Jess & #coltgeorge


Ski Brule is OPENING!

FREE Lift ticketsAre you ready to ski & snowboard?  Ski Brule snowmaking crew is set to begin making snow Wednesday night! And is projected to open Sunday, November 11 for snowsports!  We’ve been waiting to hear the roar of Big Bear Chairlift starting and finding out who’s going to get “first ticket”, “first chair” and “first tracks”.

Join the snow party!  Lift tickets are FREE opening day!  The resort that brings you the earliest snow, the most snow, the longest season in the region is ready!  Are you?

Open terrain will include Bunny (beginner) and Log Jam (intermediate), serviced by Big Bear Chairlift and Bambi Rope Tow.  Lifts will operate 10:00-4:00 Sunday and close for snowmaking Monday through Thursday November 12-15.  Ski Brule will then be open daily starting November 16.

Lift tickets are FREE Opening Day.  Tickets are required and available at the Bear’s Den Pro Shop and everyone riding on Sunday will be entered to win a Ski Brule season pass!

Lift tickets will be $25 adult & juniors (no other discounts applicable) November 16-18.  Regular season lift ticket rates begin 11/19 (adult $49 & junior $43).   Buy advanced lift tickets and save $10/ticket.  $39 Each and valid anytime this season.

Snowmaking will then move to Otterslide and Big Bear.

Advanced Lift Ticket Opening SPECIAL:
Buy 6 $39 Advanced Lift Tickets & Get 1 FREE ski or snowboard Rental
Buy 10 $39 Advanced Lift Tickets & Get 2 FREE ski or snowboard Rental


SkiWee / Lessons are available starting 11/23 .
Evening dining: not available
Bear’s Den & Rental Center/Tech:  Open 8am-4:30pm
Lodging Office:  Open 8am-5pm.
Tubing, Acrobag, Cross Country, Night Skiing, Fat Bike Trails:  not available.

Let’s Play!
~Jess & #coltgeorge

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Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, snow, outdoor and natureNovember 5, 2018

Nothing like 4″ of new snow to get you in the mood for ripping up the slopes!  It was a winter wonderland yesterday.  Snowed all day and it was game on by the afternoon.  Giggles, laughter and snowball fight brought smiles to our faces.   It was a rough ride home from the resort too.  Guess I need to remember how to drive in the snow .. yes I slid sideways!  And I was in 4 wheel drive.  Unfortunately the sound of rain on the roof started around 8pm and by morning, the beautiful blanket of snow was just a happy memory.


Snowmaking looks marginal this week based on the current forecast.  Get out and do your cold weather dance because we are ready to play!

~Thinking Snow
Jess & #coltgeorge

Boy Scout Winter Merit Badge Day and more!

Hey guys!

I’m already putting in my calendar what events here at Ski Brule I can NOT miss. My coffee cabinet is getting filled to the max this weekend and season is hopefully 10 days away. Our target opening is November 9th remember!

We have Boy Scout Day’s here. It’s a very unique opportunity for Scouts to earn their Boy Scout Winter Merit Badge while having a fun day with their family! Our first one is December 15th. Then there will be another one January 19th and again March 30th. Families have to preregister!        The Scout and Family Package will save you and  your family over $60 so I wouldn’t miss it! There’s limited availability too so first come first serve.

Check out this fun group from last year!

Boy Scouts' Winter Merit Badge Day at Ski Brule

If you want to ski with the Scouts we need volunteers! If you can be here all day with them we will thank  you with 4 lift tickets! Email us at [email protected] if  you’re interested in helping for any of the Scout Days!!

Hope ya’ll are getting use to the cold. I’m ready for it now.

Sincerely,  thinking about my coffee.

“The Other Blonde”







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Thinking It’s Spiked Hot CoCoa Season

October 15,2018

Halloween isn’t even here yet and I look like a ninja every morning. My long johns came out of the closet last week and they’re not going away any time soon. The SNOW is here and so they will stay. Ski season is creeping up on us and I am not mad. Our target opening is November 9th and with a forecast of even more snow I’m confident I’ll be seeing all of you on the slopes very soon. I’m sitting in my office with a view of Big Bear and, as pretty as it is now, it looks a lot better with you guys coming down it.

A group of us will be at the Windy City Ski & Snowboard Show this weekend near Chicago. Come see us! There will be exclusive lift ticket offers, prizes, and some of your favorite Ski Brule smiles of course.

Thinking about spiked hot cocoa, Sincerely, “The Other Blonde”


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Job Fair At Ski Brule

Employment at Ski Brule






October 2, 2018

It sure feels like winter is on its way at Ski Brule.  Heavy frost, high of 40 … yes I broke out the Smartwool this weekend!  With the arrival of snowflakes comes the need of assembling the best team in the business to exceed your expectations during a visit.  Employment opportunities are available throughout the resort in all areas.  Entry level, experienced and management positions available including part time, full time, weekend, holidays, season and year round positions.

How to apply?
Come to the Ski Brule Job Fair on October 11.

~Thinking snow!





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FREE Tickets!

What’s better than 3′ fresh powder?  3′ Fresh powder and FREE lift tickets!   I can’t promise that we will get 3′ fresh powder but I can promise FREE lift tickets!  Now through 10/1 … buy five $39 advanced lift tickets and recieve one lift ticket FREE!  The FREE lift ticket is valid opening through 12/25.  Advanced lift tickets are valid anytime during the 18/19 snow season.  This deal is ONLY available online.  

It’s been a summer to remember.  Weather was almost perfect the entire summer which resulted in tons of fun time in the water with Colt.  Despite the great adventures we had, Colt is ready to hit the slopes.  He even asked me to set up a race course on the Bunny trail.

As we prepare for the chairlifts to start, priorities switch to recruitment.  Ski Brule has about 120 positions to fill.  Part time, full time, year round, seasonal, weekend only, holidays only …lots of different options in a variety of positions including several management positions.  If you are looking for new employment or may know someone that is, complete a Ski Brule application and return.

~Thinking Snow
Jess & Colt



Fishing At Ski Brule

Fishing at Ski Brule!

Great fishing awaits at Ski BruleAny parent, grandparent or adult who has tried to take young children out angling knows you need to find some fishing action without too much delay. Accomplishing that will make it an enjoyable and lasting outing. For open water season,pan fish fishing is probably the best option available locally. If you are taking several children, and unless you have a larger boat,it is good to consider a shore fishing option.This allows the kids to run around when they lose interest between bites. Iron County has several options for shore, pier, and boat fishing that are good choices for a youth fishing day. Iron County’s best lakes for abundant bluegills and sun fish are Runkle, Glidden,Indian, Fire and Fortune Lakes. Some shore fishing opportunities are available at Runkle, Glidden and First Fortune Lakes. Runkle Lake has a fishing pier and some public shoreline at Runkle Lake Park that are available to fi sh for numerous pan fish and it is a good choice for very young anglers. Runkle Lake also has a boat access site. Glidden Lake State Forest Campground provides both shore fishing because the entire shore-line is state owned, and it has boat access. First Fortune Lake’s best shore fishing is accessed through the Bewabic State Park. A fishery crib reef is located in easy casting distance from the shore of the point just north-east of the bathing beach. Numerous DNR surveys and personal snorkeling reveals tha the crib reef is heavily used by pan fish and bass. Indian Lake has limited shore fishing opportunities although boating access provides easy access to an abundant pan fish population. Three fisheries crib reefs are also located in Indian Lake that make good locations to catch pan fish and bass. Fire Lake’s only practical access is by boat although its small size makes a small boat a reasonable choice to fish from. As water temperatures warm near 70 degrees, bluegills start bedding/nesting. They are very vulnerable during this period and anglers should be encouraged to maintain the fishery by not over harvesting the larger male bluegill that take the role of guarding the nest of eggs and fry. Fisheries research reveals that the large bluegills, especially males, maintain the quality of a lakes bluegill population size structure. With that in mind, fly fishing with small ant imitations is an excellent way to introduce novice fly anglers to that sport. Bluegills are just starting to stage for bedding or limited nesting on some northern bays that warm sooner than main lake areas. If you get your young angler into nesting fish you should encourage them to selective harvest. You should not take larger bluegills, but can keep and eat the medium (less than 8 inch) fi sh. Lake Ottawa is another lake to consider in Iron County. This lake has a U.S. Forest Service fishing pier and is a good place to catch smallmouth bass, rock bass, and occasionally perch and walleye. Anglers should note that Lake Ottawa is restricted to catch and release fishing for bass. Bass Lake , just off M-73, is also a good fora small boat for pan fish and some shore fishing opportunities are available at the US For-est Service public access site. Fortune Pond , just west of Crystal Falls,has a handicap accessible DNR/Wildlife Unlimited fishing pier and is currently stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Water clarity is excellent so fishing early morning and evening is most effective. Water clarity allows you to see the bottom at about 40 feet deep at the end of the pier. Caspian Pit , just east of Caspian near the Iron River, is also stocked with rainbow trout and has a city of Caspian fishing pier at the access site.

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