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43101 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Overview by Steve Jermanok

On paper (or these days, online), you peek at those vital numbers that skiers look for in a mountain and Big Bear can't possibly measure up, especially with its northern neighbors in the Tahoe region. A mere 55 runs, a vertical topping out at 1,665 feet, and average yearly snowfall of only 100 inches? Yikes. But those of us who throw caution to the wind and have made the trek from L.A. (100 miles east), San Diego (145 miles north), or Las Vegas (215 miles southwest) know Big Bear is more than a mere mountain. It's a winter wonderland for Southern Californians not accustomed to catching snowflakes on their tongue. A playground that features one of the top terrain parks in the nation, some good intermediate cruisers groomed to perfection, tubing, and guided snowshoeing tours to visit the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the southern part of the state.

Big Bear consists of two peaks, 8,805-foot Bear Mountain, and two miles down the road, connected by shuttle, 8,200-foot Snow Summit. Get your runs in at Snow Summit in the morning, especially on weekends when the ski area can be so popular that they limit the number of lift tickets to 7,000 people. Two high-speed quads get you up the mountain quickly to try the hard-packed powder on blues like Log Chute and Miracle Mile. The Wall and Dicky's have steeper pitches down the top, thus their black rating, though any solid intermediate skiers can tackle these as well. There's also a beginner trail, Summit Run, slithering down the face, but most of the easy stuff is found at the base. Snow Summit is also open for night skiing on most weekends and holidays until 9 p.m.

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Average Snowfall
100 Inches
Skiable Acreage
Vertical Drop
1665 feet
15% beginner, 15% intermediate, 40% advanced, 30% expert
Number of Runs
Number of Lifts
Late November to mid-April
Related Resources
Closest Airport

Weather for Bear Mountain

Current Conditions:
Fair, 55 F
Fri - Mostly Clear. High: 56 Low: 37
Sat - Sunny. High: 60 Low: 36
Sun - Sunny. High: 61 Low: 35
Mon - Sunny. High: 63 Low: 38
Tue - Sunny. High: 68 Low: 41

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Last Updated: December 08 2014 03:30 PM

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