Winter crowds overwhelm Big Bear as Omicron slams workforce. ‘It’s crazy’

City dwellers seeking refuge in the mountains amid the pandemic has put immense pressure on resort towns such as Big Bear.

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gigitee
gigitee
75 · 4 days ago · Reddit

I find the comment about urinating on the highway interesting as there is absolutely nowhere to actually use a restroom from the bottom of the mountain up until you get to that first gas station after chain control. Once covid started, they weren't letting people use the inside restroom, you had to use outside porta-potties which were fucking disgusting and overflowing.

I am not saying that I want to pull over so that my kid can pee on the side of the road, I am saying I had no choice after sitting in the car for 90 mins in bumper to bumper traffic.

BadTiger85
BadTiger85
19 · 4 days ago · Reddit

How much does snowboarding and skiing cost now? Like $500 a day?

BlankVerse
BlankVerse
13 · 4 days ago · Reddit

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Mountain resort areas like Big Bear have long been vacation or day-trip destinations for Southern Californians, but during the pandemic and an early winter of healthy snowfall, the number of visitors has spiked, as people seek activities that still allow for social distancing and other safety measures to avoid infection, officials and businesses owners said.

Yet while the influx of visitors bodes well for the local economy, it has strained the Bear Valley’s infrastructure and workforce. Throughout this winter season and last, residents, workers and business owners in Big Bear have dealt with increased exposure to the coronavirus, understaffing, shortages of essential services, housing shortages, traffic and parking congestion, and litter.

“We are experiencing, in a microeconomic sense, the problems that everyone else in the whole country is experiencing,” said Ellen Clarke, executive director of the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce. “Only in our small community, we have a very little population, and it hurts — it hurts a lot.”

Clarke said staffing issues have hit small businesses with 10 or fewer employees the hardest.

PlasticGirl
PlasticGirl
10 · 4 days ago · Reddit

This is happening at all ski resorts. Vail resorts and Park City in Utah are having massive long ski lines.