Big Bear Mountain Resorts has determined that the use of any power-driven devices or vehicles by the public, including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities, would conflict with the Big Bear Mountain Resort's safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include the use of devices on the slopes that expose the user and skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard; collisions with downhill skiers and snowboarders; These safety concerns are compounded by our facility's high volume of trail use. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.
The use of any power driven devices or vehicles by the public, including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities, which were not primarily designed for use by individuals with disabilities, creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the immediate environment and natural resources. Due to the need to address soil integrity, erosion and vegetative concerns, the Big Bear Mountain Resorts has adopted a "NO MOTORIZED" policy for the public on the slopes during the summer season.
Additional Consideration for Public Land
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are on Forest Service land and are imposed with Federal land management laws and regulations. The use of motorized devices by public conflict with said laws and regulations. Areas in the Big Bear Mountain Resorts have been designated by the Forest Service as non-motorized as indicated through administrative closure orders, Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs), Travel Management Plans, or similar documents.
Summary: Big Bear Mountain resorts will make all reasonable accommodations to allow OPDMD access to all base area facilities but due to aforementioned reasons will not allow them on the permit areas.
The Big Bear Mountain Resort's assessment and policy on the use of 'other power-driven mobility devices' is based on the following assessment factors:
(i) The type, size, weight, dimensions, and speed of the device;
(ii) The facility's volume of trail use is high
(iii) The facility's design and operation characteristics (e.g., whether its service, program, or activity is conducted indoors, it's square footage, the density and placement of stationary devices, and the availability of storage for the device, if requested by the user);
(iv) Whether legitimate safety requirements can be established to permit the safe operation of the other power-driven mobility device in the specific facility; and
(v) Whether the use of the other power-drive mobility device creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the immediate environment or natural or cultural resources, or poses a conflict with Federal land management laws and regulations.
Proof of Disability
Big Bear Mountain Resorts shall ask a person using an 'other power-driven mobility device' to provide a credible assurance that the mobility device is required because of the person's disability. Big Bear Mountain Resorts accepts the presentation of a valid, State-issued, disability placard or card, or other State-issued proof of disability, as a credible assurance that the use of the 'other power-driven mobility device' is for the individual's mobility disability. In the absence of such documents, Big Bear Mountain Resorts shall allow the use of an 'other power-driven mobility device' if the individual states that the device is being used for a mobility disability. Any evidence to the contrary may be evaluated and acted upon by the Big Bear Mountain Resorts.
Use of Manual/Adaptive Devices
Big Bear Mountain Resorts allows individuals with mobility disabilities to use wheelchairs and manually-powered mobility aids, such as walkers, crutches, canes, braces, or other similar devices designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities in areas open to pedestrian use.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts also allows the use of adaptive devices or other "manually-powered mobility aids" designed for use on the slopes. Adaptive devices are any specialized equipment that has been designed and manufactured primarily for use by individuals who have disabilities, including without limitation, mono skis, bi skis, outriggers and sit-skis. The US Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) offers or will arrange for any adaptive equipment that meets this definition when requested for rental in advance by individuals wanting to enjoy winter sports at our resort.