Bear Valley

Season start/end: 12/23/2017 - 04/15/2018 (estimated)

Welcome to Bear Valley

Bear Valley is one of the top resorts in California. With 75 runs spanning 1,680 acres, it is well worth a visit if you find yourself in the area. To give you a snapshot of the resort, we've put together a comprehensive list of key statistics, including mountain profile, lift system, historical opening and closing dates, and ticket pricing. Make sure you read the reviews left by skiers and riders who've experienced it first hand, and check out how they rate the resort!
Bear Valley vs
Bear ValleyBear Mountain
beginner25 %42 %
intermediate40 %39 %
advanced35 %3 %
expert-16 %
total runs75 38
ski area1,680 ac -
summit elevation8,500 ft 8,804 ft
total lifts10 13
child lift ticket$19 $40
adult lift ticket$95 $99


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How family friendly is this resort?

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ETEric T.
advanced snowboarder

3.4 / 5

Nov 30, 2017
Best mountain in Southern California. Been to other slopes in SoCal, but can't compare to this place with the amenities that it has. Just crowded during it's peak season but still go. ... More
TSTrevor S.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

4.2 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
I had many great experiences at this resort while I was living in California. Great food, great atmosphere! I love the fact that there was a little bar shack mid way down the mountain. Nice place to grab a drink before you get down to the bottom! Overall I had a great time when I... More
TFTravis F.
advanced snowboarder

4.8 / 5

Nov 19, 2017
Family friendly service kept clean for all guess lifts run smoothly runs are grommed next easy to arrive on site lesson are very in-depth and very while thought out to make sure every person gets the teaching that they are in need of.... More
JLJohn L.
intermediate snowboarder

3.5 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
Low key, beginner friendly resort. Probably better for skier than boarder. Nice Lodge. Easy to get there, but also kind of off the beaten path, which makes for smaller crowds.... More
JHJason H.
intermediate snowboarder
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 07, 2017
Bear Valley is a great place to get away from the big crowds in Tahoe. Close to the Bay Area and I have yet to hit major traffic when going there.... More
MNMichael N.
advanced skier

3.7 / 5

Nov 06, 2017
While Bear Valley isn't the biggest or the best, it has charm. When all chairs are firing it's got everything any rider can't want. Super family friendly and close to Bay Area.... More

3 / 5

Oct 27, 2017
The Good: Great family ski hill. Nice, helpful staff. Varied terrain, nice groomers. The Bad: Late parkershave to walk longer distances. Short runs. Slow lifts except for the backside. The runs do not connect well.
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Open 12/23/2017
Close 04/15/2018*
* Estimated based on previous years.

Lift tickets

Student Free
Child $19
Senior $57
Adult $95

Trails levels


Trail maps


3.8 / 5

based on 7 reviews
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6,600 ft
8,500 ft
Vertical drop
1,900 ft


Total runs
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
1 mi
Skiable Terrain
1,680 ac
Snowmaking Area
100 ac


High Speed Quad
Triple Chairs
Double Chairs
Surface Lift
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