Blue Horizon Lodge (Apache Lodge) was built in the 1940s’ as tiny summer cottages with an average 475 square feet of living space. Before skiing became popular in 1947 Tommy Tyndall, a young man with an impressive skiing background, arrived and started ski schools at several of the ski areas. He founded the Big Bear Winter Club, and held the first Snow Carnival competition in 1949. Tommy looked for a location, where he could open a ski resort that could be improved and expanded; he found the perfect area just east of the Village, this became Snow Summit. In 1952 Tommy created the Snow Summit Ski Corporation with financial assistance from his many friends and local investors. He built a mile-long double chairlift which reached the top of the mountain. This was the largest ski development in the San Bernardino Mountains, and Snow Summit became Southern California’s premier ski resort. Yes, even prior to televisions being a staple in every home. World War II had just finish , average price for a home was about $5,500 , average income was about $2,000 , a gallon of gas 17 cents a Gallon, minimum wage was 40 cents an hour and stay a week at our lodge started at $45 for a family of 4 .
Originally named the Apache Lodge, there have been two other names : Russian Village, and Blue Horizon Lodge . This lodge has been owned by just three families since its’ originally opening in the 1940’s. The Wood family has owned and operated this lodge since 1975. Taking great pride in old fashion customer service!
We have maintained its’ quaint rustic charm with modern conveniences – A cottage has a living room , wood burning fireplace, flat screen t.v. free movie channels, x-box 360 , a comfortable place to sit, a kitchen with microwave, stove , refrigerator, dishes, coffeemaker, toaster, a place to sit and eat, and all basic needs. Bathroom has a shower, blow dryer, eco-friendly soap , large bath towels; shampoo dispensers, bathmat , bedroom(s) have comfortable bed(s) , with 1,800 Thread count sheets, alarm clock ,lamp , and a place to hang your clothes.
A seasonal pool,picnic / b.b.q. area, ping pong table , sand volleyball, and horseshoes.
We are located 3 miles east of the dam on Hwy. 18, 200 yards from the lake for your boating and fishing pleasure , 1.3 miles east of the Village, and 3.8 miles from the slopes.
Blue Horizon Lodge takes great pride in offering the cleanest and most affordable lodging in Big Bear Lake.
Due to the fact that we are tucked away, off the main blvd, you’ll find your stay very quiet, peaceful and cozy!
Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, romantic getaway, or family vacation, you will find what you are looking for at the Blue Horizon Lodge.
We pride ourself on our Cleanliness and Great Customer Service.
We have cottages that are dog friendly
Providing Friendly Service: ‘Come As a Guest leave as a Friend !”
We offer you Privacy as each cottage is detached with parking located within steps of your cottage.
Affordable Prices with specials discounts offered throughout the year .
Comfort Away From Home.
Great Reviews on all major review sites.