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11/21/2020 - Bear Valley XC Ski & Snowshoe "Soft Opening" This Weekend
Bear Valley, CA...Due to better than expected snow conditions we are opening groomed trails in the meadow this weekend. Details: Saturday and Sunday only, 9am - 12pm. Half-price trail passes, Half-price ski & snowshoe rentals, New & used gear available, Lessons available, No sledding and tubing, No Meadow Cafe. The trails will close again on Monday until our next projected opening day of Nov. 27th.

BVAC Operations & COVID-19
The Bear Valley Adventure Company (BVAC) is excited to offer cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and tubing experiences for the 2020/2021 winter season. Since COVID-19 is alive and well, we have instituted some new rules in order to keep everyone safe. Help keep the Bear Valley winter wonderland open by supporting the following changes. Click here for details.

Adventure Tip: Now is an excellent time to check your ski equipment and make sure everything is in good working order. New skis, boots, poles, and clothing are arriving in the store daily, and we plan to be open for ski repair and tuning services by Nov. 21st.

11/12/2020 - California State Parks and CAL FIRE Plan Prescribed Burn at Calaveras Big Trees State Park Expected
Arnold, CA...California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) plan to conduct a prescribed burn Thursday, November 12, 2020, in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This burn is part of the series of prescription burns planned for the park this year and will be dependent on weather conditions and resources.

The work will be in the North Grove area and will cover approximately 26-acres along Group Camp Road. Active burning will occur over two days - Thursday and Friday; however, smoke will remain in the area after active firing has stopped. The unit has been prepared for broadcast burning by removing snags along the site’s perimeter, creation of handline where roads do not exist, and clearing fuels along the Group Camp Road used for a control line; allowing for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn.

Highway 4 will remain open but may experience delays due to smoke and other hazards. Group Camp Road will be closed during prescribed burn. Please obey all warning signs.

These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhancement of the health of the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. Forest thinning and prescribed fire restore and maintain an ecologically healthy forest system. Additional benefits of these prescribed burns include protection of the park system from wildfires.

In partnership with Save the Redwoods League, this year’s prescribed burns are funded through a grant from CAL FIRE’s California Climate Investments Program. The Giant Sequoia Forest Resilience Project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate

Investments website at:

Communities near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, including Arnold, Dorrington, Big Trees Village, White Pines, Blue Lake Springs, and Love Creek may experience smoke from the burning operations. Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. The department plans and coordinates these burns with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Districts in order to minimize the smoke in surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the department will reschedule the burn.

California State Parks and CAL FIRE are adhering to the safety protocols set by public health officials and has made accommodations to limit exposure among first responders and field crews to protect staff from COVID-19 during prescribed burns.

For questions or comments about the projects or about the prescribed burn program, contact Natural Resources Program Manager Heather Reith at (209) 728-5217.

11/07/2020 - Skyline Bear Valley Winter Job Fair is November 7th!
Arnold, CA...Skyline Bear Valley Winter Job Fair, When: Saturday November 7, 2020, Where: Bistro Espresso 1225 Oak Cir Drive, Arnold, CA, What: hiring for all positions/departments. ON the spot interviews, Event will be held outside. from 10 am - 2 pm, Bear Valley resort 2280 highway 207 Bear Valley, Ca 209-753-2301

Skyline Bear Valley Resort Winter 2020/2021
Employee Benefits
Employees must be actively employed to receive these benefits/privileges:
• Free Season Pass to ski/snowboard – while actively employed only
• Free Dependent Season Passes (based on employee status / classification)
• Competitive Pay – locally and within the industry
• Free Employee Shuttle to/from Mountain daily beginning in Murphys
• $10 Employee Standard Equipment Rental (ski or snowboard) – this is an occasional privilege; employees should purchase their own ski/board gear
• $20 Dependent Standard Ski/Snowboard Equipment Rental
• 50% off Demo Equipment Rentals from Reba Sports (employees only)
• Free Group Lessons, Sun-Fri, non-holiday/peak (with a paying customer)
• $25 two-hour group lessons for employee dependents ages 4+
• 25-50% off Team Programs for dependent(s), varies based on classification
• 25% off Retail Purchases at Reba Sports (employees only)
• 50% off Helmet Purchase for Employees at Reba Sports (limit one per season)
• 25% discount on purchases at the General Store (excludes alcohol and the deli)
• 25% off Food Purchases at all BVM locations (cafeteria, coffee café and BBQ’s)
• 25% off Food Purchases at Skyhigh Pizza Pub, Creekside Bistro and Grizzly Bar
• 30% Discount on lodging at Bear Valley Lodge, mid-week, non-holiday; (eligible employee must book reservation; based on availability)
• Discounted Friends and Family Lift Ticket Vouchers; one per paycheck, starting the last pay period of December
• Direct Deposit of paychecks
• Bear Valley Adventure Company (Cross Country resort) – Free daily trail pass for XC skiing or snowshoeing valid Sunday thru Friday (non-holiday) only.
$5 XC equipment/tube/sled rentals for all employees; free for managers
** All programs and prices subject to change with or without notice **
10/11/2020 - Bear Valley Cross Country Trail Work Day Today - Oct. 11
Bear Valley, CA...Ever wonder what the cross country and snowshoe trails look like before the snow arrives? Join fellow Bear Valley Adventure Company enthusiasts to trim back branches, clear obstacles and help get the trails ready before winter. Afterward, a complimentary outdoor lunch will be served for participants while swapping tales and making predictions about the winter.


Meet at the Bear Valley Adventure Company at 10am on Sunday, October 11.

Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, sun hat, face mask, leather gloves, sturdy shoes and prepare to work rain or shine.

If possible bring your own shovel, loppers, hand saws, etc. and a positive attitude!

All volunteers will be required to wear a face mask when working outside within 6 feet of another volunteer or at all times if working inside.

All volunteers must check in and sign a waiver.

A light lunch will be provided to everyone who volunteers.
10/05/2020 - Bret Harte Post Secondary Virtual Planning Night is October 5th
Angels Camp, CA...Bret Harte High School would like all junior and seniors and their parents to attend a live virtual post-secondary planning night on October 5, 2020 at 6 pm. Guest speakers from the University of California, the California State University, California Community Colleges, Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, Private Colleges of California, Mother Lode Educational Opportunity Center, United States Air Force ROTC, United States Army, and changes to the college planning process due to COVID-19 will be included. More information will be released prior to the event on the Bret Harte Career Center web page and through Remind text alerts. Please visit: for more information and to sign up for text alerts for all Career Center events.

09/05/2020 - Don't Miss the Big Bear Valley Adventure Company's Annual Labor Day Sale!
Bear Valley, CA...This 3-day weekend BVAC celebrates with 20-50% discounts on bike, boat, and fishing accessories, plus summer clothing and footwear in the store. On Monday, September 7th, the much-anticipated Rental Equipment Sale kicks off at 9 am, with phone orders accepted after 10 am. Discover great deals on lightly used mountain bikes, e-mountain bikes, e-town bikes, kayaks, canoes, and SUP's.

07/30/2020 - Covid-19 Testing Coming to Bear Valley on August 3rd
Bear Valley, CA...Covid-19 Testing Coming to Bear Valley on August 3rd.  Click below to enlarge flyer...

08/05/2020 - Stanislaus National Forest Hosts Virtual Open House Aug. 5 to Discuss SERAL Project
Sonora, CA...The Stanislaus National Forest will host a virtual open house to discuss the Social and Ecological Resiliency Across the Landscape, or SERAL project, which is currently in the initial public scoping period through Aug. 15, 2020. Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken and members of the SERAL team will present a 20-minute overview of the SERAL project’s proposed actions starting at 5 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer period. Virtual Open House, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meeting Link:

The SERAL project area spans approximately 117,000 acres located within the Yosemite Stanislaus Solutions’ collaborative area, south and east of the North Fork Stanislaus River and north and west of the Highway 108, with portions located on the Calaveras, Mi-Wok, and Summit Ranger districts. The SERAL proposal was developed with the objective of designing vegetation treatments that benefit the environment, the economy, and the community. The proposal includes the use of prescribed fire, hand thinning conifers, mastication, mechanical forest thinning treatments, non-native invasive weed control and limited salvage operations.

“We encourage the public to join us during the virtual open house. You can speak directly with the SERAL team, learn more about our proposed actions, and ask any questions you may have,” said Katie Wilkinson, co-lead for the SERAL project. “You’ll be part of a new, exciting project – the largest green project on the Stanislaus National Forest designed to reduce fire risk and improve forest health. We look forward to your participation.”

Once the comment period ends Aug. 15, the SERAL team will review all public comments, identify significant issues, make any needed modifications to the proposed action and/or develop additional alternatives. Another public comment period will occur when the draft Environmental Impact Statement is released, scheduled for March 2021.

To attend the virtual meeting, participants need to install the free Microsoft TEAMS program on their system. To install TEAMS and join the meeting please visit the link listed above. The TEAMS platform limits participation to 300 individuals. Due to capacity limitations, please R.S.V.P. to Katie Wilkinson at with subject “SERAL OPEN HOUSE” prior to Tuesday, Aug.4, 2020. If interest exceeds capacity, the forest will offer a second virtual meeting at a later date. All virtual open houses will be recorded and posted on the project website at

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