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Highway 4 @ Highway 207
Bear Valley, CA 95223
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Overview by Erinn Morgan

Located in a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada just south of Tahoe and about three and a half hours east of San Jose, Bear Valley Mountain Resort sits at the end of a mountain pass on scenic Highway 4, which was originally extended into the Sierra just to reach this ski resort. Bear Valley boasts uncrowded slopes, short lift lines, and a down-home feel (read: no Starbucks here, yet). The snow is typically plentiful; an average of 30 feet falls annually. This ski resort boasts Tahoe-style powder because of its close proximity—the peak of Kirkwood can be seen from the top of the Bear Chair at 8,495 feet.

This resort's split personality on the mountain itself delivers a family experience on the top half of the mountain and expert, black diamond terrain on the lower half. The conveniently located mid-mountain Day Lodge splits the difference.

Newbies can pile straight out into Bunny Basin to hone their shredding skills, while experts can point straight down into a labyrinth of black and double black diamond runs. Even intermediate skiers and boarders get a piece of the action at Bear Valley, with a variety of short but sweet runs off the Koala Lift and Polar Express chair.

Snow Valley and Grizzly Bear bowls' trail monikers—Hari Kari, The Slot, Parasite Pitch, Vortex, and Flying Serpent—paint the picture here for the advanced terrain, which includes chutes, bowls, and tree skiing. Powderhounds will be happy to know that all of these runs remain ungroomed due to a prevalence of cliff bands and the difficulty of getting equipment into such steep conditions.

While this ski resort positions itself as a family mountain, its real

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Average Snowfall
359 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
1900 feet
25% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Mid-November to Mid-April
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Closest Airport

Weather for Bear Valley Mountain

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Fair, 66 F
Wed - Clear. High: 76 Low: 54
Thu - Sunny. High: 73 Low: 52
Fri - Sunny. High: 70 Low: 45
Sat - Sunny. High: 69 Low: 52
Sun - Sunny. High: 76 Low: 53

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Last Updated: December 08 2014 05:17 PM

Traveler Reviews of Bear Valley Mountain

Ed rates Bear Valley Mountain
My wife LOVES Bear Valley! She`s very familiar with the mountain, and we always have a great time there. There were absolutely NO lift lines on Super Bowl Sunday (2/6/2011), and it was a gorgeous bluebird day. Conditions were Spring-like, but still quite ski-able for lower intermediates like us. We go back to Bear Valley year after year. In 2010, my older son & wife & I had a great time there...he did the torchlight parade. VERY COOL. Pros: Easy to access, Short lines.
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