Quick trip to Big Bear was meant to be for skiing but decided on a little offloading instead. Drove a groomed fire road above Big Bear yesterday and was surprised that a few gates were open leading up to the top of the ski resort. Maybe they are always open?
Drove right up to the top ski lift and parked behind the lodge. Very tempting to drive out onto the snow for a few photo ops. Decided not to press my luck and went into the lodge for a beer. Couple people asked if i had hiked up as I was the only one in shorts and tennis shoes at the top of the mountain.
Got a chance to experiment with the lockers a bit. In a bunch of spots along the fire road was a mud/snow tire track only on the passenger side. It was interesting that with just a small amount of mud and snow on one side of the van led to wheel spin and significant loss of traction. One side of the van was completely covered in mud.
Engaged the lockers and the van started to move without exsesive wheel spin and had much better control.
Full moon on the slopes outside our house at 10:00pm. Snowcats and moon lighting the snow.
Sunrise yesterday morning..