Bear Valley

Jack Lee
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Jack Lee
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Bear Valley isn't your typical resort. Best described as upside-down, where the upper mountain has beginner terrain, and the lower half is much more extreme, Bear Valley is a quirky but cool old school resort in the middle of the Sierra's. Most of the lifts are old doubles but in the 17/18 season they introduced a new 6-pack lift. Just so you know, there are only a few restaurant and nightlife options for those looking to stay overnight.

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Bear Valley vs
Bear ValleyBear Mountain
beginner25 %42 %
intermediate40 %39 %
advanced35 %3 %
expert-16 %
total runs75 38
ski area1,680ac 748ac
summit elevation8,500ft 8,804ft
total lifts10 13
child lift ticket$19 $40
adult lift ticket$95 $99
back country
value for money
average total snowfall259″ 58″
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Bear Valley Reviews

Very Good 3.9 / 5
based on 8 reviews

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Superb!4.8 / 5May 08, 2018
Brenden S. Brenden S.
expert skier
Bear Valley is an epic place to ski for all skill levels. They have a great learning program for introducing people to the sport, and perfecting skills of those that desire help improving their skills. It is a super safe, welcoming place for families. Even through a challenging low snow year, they were able to open almost all their terrain. And... More
Average!3.4 / 5Nov 30, 2017
ETEric T.
advanced snowboarder
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
Very Good!4.2 / 5Nov 22, 2017
TSTrevor S.
intermediate snowboarder
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 went there. ... More
Superb!4.8 / 5Nov 19, 2017
TFTravis F.
advanced snowboarder
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
Average!3.5 / 5Nov 09, 2017
JLJohn L.
intermediate snowboarder
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
Very Good!4.1 / 5Nov 07, 2017
JHJason H.
intermediate snowboarder
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
Good!3.7 / 5Nov 06, 2017
MNMichael N.
advanced skier
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
Average!3 / 5Oct 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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