thanks for the advice. oh yeah, my friend and i are flying in on sunrise and renting a car to drive to bear first thing. will probably spend first part of the day (if not the whole day as my friend suggests me to)with some lessons to get me warmed up...i think i'll get the hang of it in no time. it will be fun no matter what..we don't have mountains and snow in houston!
Keep in mind that there are two mountains in big bear. Bear mountain and snow summit. I think snow summit is better to learn at since bear mountain is more of a park setup.