11th Annual Pine Cone Festival Saturday, October 14 – UPDATE 1 – Wednesday September 27



The Pine Cone Olympics — sponsored by Snow Valley Mountain Resort — on Saturday October 14, will be staged at the Rim Nordic/Snow Valley location, off Highway 18 in Running Springs (Contributed Photo)

UPDATE 1 – Breaking News: The Pine Cone Festival is featured as one of the “5 Worth the Drive” events for October, in AAA’s latest edition  of Westways Magazine: Whoopee!


The 11th Annual Pine Cone Festival will feature a new two mile Nature Walk through the beautiful forest surrounding Rim Nordic, take the walk and earn a beautiful Pine Cone festival lapel pin for free. You will start at the Rim Nordic booth at the front by the office building. This is a self-guided walk that is clearly marked so you will not get lost. This lovely two-mile nature walk takes you along on of Rim Nordic’s ski and bike trails. It is one mile to the stamp station and then you return back the same way. You will see various natural elements of our forest, labeled with information, to give you a taste of what the San Bernardino National Forest is all about (and maybe even more wildlife!). One of our Festival staff will be stationed at the half-way ont to stamp your card and answer any questions you may have. When you return to the starting point booth show your stamped card and you will receive a beautiful Pine Cone Festival lapel pin as a souvenir of your walk through the woods. We are really excited about this new festival activity and hope you will decide to take a stroll through our beautiful forest.”

Original Story

By Susan A. Neufeld

Running Springs, CA – The 11th Annual Pine Cone Festival will again this year be at the Rim Nordic/Snow Valley in Running Springs.


The festival takes place on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Fun Filled Day for the Whole Family,” and will include such favorites as the world famous Pine Cone Olympics, a special appearance by Smokey Bear, and Pine Cone crafts, plus the World’s Largest Pine Cone contest.  This year, there will be gold panning demonstration/activity, and admission is FREE!!!

Be sure to check out the amazing vendor booths, with wonderful items for early holiday shopping and great food vendors. There will be music all day, including Mountain Fifes & Drums, Quarter to 3, Dan McNay, Todd & Barbi and Little Bear Valley Blues.



This year we’ll introduce our new Squirrel Mascot! The winner (and two runners up) of the Squirrel Naming contest will be announced at the Welcoming Ceremony, which will be held at 10 a.m. Come and cheer on your favorite responder agency, in their Pine Cone Olympics Brigade.




The 11th Annual Pine Cone Festival is free because of the following corporate sponsors: Rim Nordic, Snow Valley, Mountain Top Storage, Mountain Transit, Rim Fire Safe Council, Church of the Woods, Rim Family Services, First Mountain Bank and DuPlain DeSigns.


There will be free parking at Snow Valley, with a shuttle across the highway  to the festival.

For more information about the Pine Cone Festival visit: http://www.pineconefestival.org. or call (866) 923-3473.