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Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:00 am

It was a passion and lifestyle that both Bev Brown and husband Kerry Brown followed that led them to create something that would provide fun, recreation and entertaining opportunities for people in Southern California.

Rim Nordic—which is the only cross-country ski area in Southern California with machine-groomed trails—will remain open this winter season, snow permitting. Rim Nordic provides trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as mountain bike access during the summer season. The trails are groomed with Pisten Bully grooming machines and are marked with the Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA) universal signage.

Ever since Bev was a little girl, her parents would bring her up to Snow Valley. They were both ski instructors, which stemmed Bev’s passion for the sport.

“We lived down the hill and came up every weekend so my parents could teach,” Bev said. “I eventually moved up here in 1969.”

Kerry, who is a retired San Bernardino City fireman, participated in the California State Fire and Police Olympics while he was still working. One year Kerry decided to compete for the overall award, which included participating in the giant slalom, slalom and cross country.

“He got a taste for it after participating,” Bev said, which later led to the two purchasing Grass Valley Nordic, and opening Rim Nordic in 1992. Dev and Kerry were operating both Grass Valley Nordic and Rim Nordic until 2007 when the Slide Fire flushed out most of the forest that Grass Valley Nordic depended upon.

“The forest closed for two years and, due to the difficulties that it presented, we chose not to continue our business up there,” Bev said. After that, Bev and Kerry left Grass Valley Nordic and focused solely on Rim Nordic.

“We started with just 50 pairs of skis, and a smaller office,” Bev said. “We worked with our local Forest Service to get all of the paperwork and permits in order.”

Rim Nordic, which operates under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service, is located along Highway 18 five miles east of Running Springs. It has over 13 miles of trails, some of which are “even better for summer biking,” Bev said.

Biking at Rim Nordic opens Memorial Day weekend and stays open on weekends until July 1 when it opens daily. Rim Nordic remains open for summer fun until Labor Day weekend.

“We host mountain bike racing events every summer,” Bev said, adding that having Rim Nordic provide trails for mountain biking has really helped the business in the last 25 years.

Due to the weak winters we have had on the mountain in the past years, the summer activities are what push Rim Nordic forward, according to Bev. She remembers the last good snowfall, other than this year, being about seven years ago. In winter seasons when the snowfall is average, Bev said that operating Rim Nordic can be tough.

“It is tough because we lose snow so quick,” Bev said. “Our snow has been so marginal; if we could have snow like this every year, it would be amazing!”

Rim Nordic offers day passes, as well as season passes for those looking for a winter-long adventure. Rentals are available on all equipment, and for reasonable prices.

For more information on Rim Nordic, call Bev Brown at (909) 867-2600 or visit rimnordic.com for directions, as well as a snow report and driving conditions.

“We opened Rim Nordic because we felt that this was important to have on the mountain,” Bev said. “Rim Nordic is perfect for beginners, and is a feasible place to be.”

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