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Q: When is this thing happening?
A: Big Bear ROMP 2021 weekend is going to be Thursday, August 19 through Sunday, August 22, 2021. COVID is a concern all of us have, and at this time the weekend is still in planning. Your 2019 weekend pass is valid for Big Bear ROMP 2021.
Q: What’s up with the 3-day minimum stay requirement?
A. The team at Big Bear ROMP understands how important it is to have our own dedicated, exclusive space for the enjoyment of our group over the extended weekend. Because of this, we have secured the entire Host Resort property for 3 nights/4 days, since we have been running this as a 4-day event since 2016. Note your reservation is fully refundable by July 1, 2021.
If you are unable or not interested in staying at the Host Resort for 3 nights, there are several other options, such as staying for 1-2 nights at one of the many nearby hotels, which are literally minutes away by foot or car. Even if you are not staying on-site, you’ll be able to participate in the weekend fun by purchasing a Weekend Pass.
Q: I think I booked my room at the Host resort. How can I confirm?
A. If your payment was successfully processed you’ll receive a confirmation from both Paypal and the Big Bear ROMP reservation team confirming your reservation and room type. Note your reservation is fully refundable by July 1, 2021.
Q: What if I can stay 3 nights, but Fri-Sun, and not Thursday night?
A. The 3-day minimum is for Thur-Sat nights only. If you’re not able to make these dates work, you may want to consider staying at one of our nearby hotel partners.
Q: Do I need to bring proof of my COVID-19 vaccination?
A. Yes. All attendees should be prepared to provide proof of COVID vaccination at event check-in. We are closely monitoring and following CDC guidelines.
Q: How do I get to Big Bear?
A: For your convenience we’ll include simple directions at the bottom of the Ride & Stay page.
Q: How do I find Event check-in and the events once I get there?
A: That’s easy! Event check-in is at the host resort. We’ll have a list of locations and addresses for each event and you can sign up for text alerts here.
Q: Will the events be outdoors?
A: All main events will be held outdoors.
Q: Where’s more info on events?
A: The full lineup is listed by day on the homepage. Alternatively, you can see the events lined up for comparison between the Basic pass and VIP pass here. Events/Venues are subject to change without notice.
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Big Bear sees 300+ days of sunshine each year, usually with little or no clouds. You’ll also be just above 5,000 feet where the sun is much stronger than back in Kansas. Be sure to bring hats and sunscreen – and be sure to use them! Casual resort wear is just fine – shorts, short-sleeve shirts, flip flops, etc. Also, due to the elevation, 1 drink = 2. Fun, huh? That means you’ll get beer goggles much faster than usual, hon. During the weekend, and before and after events where you’re consuming alcohol, be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated, and that’s the most common way to miss out on the ROMPing around. ; )
Q: Who should attend?
A: Everyone! While the majority of fellas are part of the bear community, we encourage cubs, otters and other men who are 21+ to join in the fun. We’re all about inclusion and celebrating diversity.
Q: Do I need a ROMP Weekend Pass to attend?
A: It’s highly encouraged! A ROMP Weekend Pass is required to attend all official events, both at the host hotel and at off-site venues. You’re also able to wait until day-of to purchase event-specific tickets – if any are left. When you check in at the ROMP Registration table at the host hotel you’ll be provided with your weekend pass. You’ll present your pass at each event and be provided with an event-specific wristband. Wristbands will be required to enter all official events. Your 2019 weekend pass will be valid for Big Bear ROMP 2021.
Q: Is there just one pass option?
A: Big Bear ROMP offers different pass options. Passes must be purchased in advance online.
Q: Will passes be available at the door?
A: No. Passes may only be purchased online. If event-specific tickets are available you may purchase them at the door. Purchase your ROMP Weekend Pass as early as possible so that you don’t miss the fun!
Q: What about Big Bear ROMP pre-comers (early arrivers)?
A: Head up a bit early and mingle (especially the shy ones) and enjoy the pre-comers Party on Thursday starting at 6pm. It will also allow you more time to become acclimated to the elevation, and cruise the other pre-comers!
Q: If I’m not staying at the resort, where can I park?
A. We are making arrangements for additional parking near the Host Resort, however there is ample available parking on the local streets.
Q: Is this a clothing-optional event?
A: Big Bear Lake is nestled in the San Bernardino National Forest, which is primarily federal land – so no public nudity is legal. But what you do behind closed doors…
Q: What if I need to cancel?
A: We’ll be very sad, because you’ll be missing out on an amazing weekend! But life happens and we understand. Cancellation policy is as follows:
Passes purchased prior to Jan. 1, 2021 subject to a $25 processing fee
Passes purchased after May 1, 2021 subject to a $75 processing fee
Weekend passes are transferable (name change) up to 14 days prior to the event weekend. There will be no event pass cancellations after July 1. All Big Bear ROMP 2019 Weekend passes are valid for 2021. It is your responsibility to contact the Big Bear ROMP team in writing 14 days prior to the event to update the passholder name(s). There will be no transfers after August 5, 2021.
Host resort reservations
Accommodations at the Host resort are fully refundable until July 1, 2021. After July 1, 2021 there will be no refunds. Transfers are allowed up to 14 days prior to August 19, 2021, but all arrangements must be made between original purchaser and transferee. It is your responsibility to contact the Big Bear ROMP team in writing 14 days prior to the event to update the reservation name. There will be no transfers after August 5, 2021.
Q: Any recommendations for RV or camping sites?
A. We are actively exploring the feasibility of having a limited number of spots available to accommodate RVs at the resort property. If you are interested in this possible option, send us a note here. There are a few camping locations around Big Bear Lake, including Big Bear RV Park, and Serrano Campground (across the lake, about a 15 minute drive)
Q: I’m interested in volunteering – How do I?
A: Thank you for your interest in volunteering! We can’t put on a world-class event without world-class help. After a lengthy interview process and physical fitness test we’ll assess your social skills and volunteering aptitude. Just kidding. Learn more.