Big Bear / Snow Summit
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The largest ski resort in Southern California. There are two distinct mountains: Snow Summit, which is less steep, and Bear Mountain, which has more forest and off-trail slopes and a massive terrain park. Lift tickets are for both mountains.
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One hour, 45 minutes. Take I-210 East to its end. Continue on Highland (210 may be extended through here in the future) through the town of San Bernardino. Take CA-30 North to CA-330 East through Running Springs to CA-18 East. Turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam (staying on CA-18), go into town, and turn left on Paine (before the Starbucks) and then right on Big Bear Blvd. To get to Snow Summit turn right on Summit Dr; to get to Big Bear make a right on Moonridge Rd.
Bear Mtn: 34 runs, 12 lifts, 748 acres (200 developed), 1665' vert (7140'-8805').
Snow Summit: 26 runs, 11 lifts, 230 acres, 1200' vertical (7000'-8200').
Bear Mountain is almost entirely Terrain Park, including a 15-foot halfpipe. There's also some good off-trail skiing, though it's possible to get stuck in some of the valleys and have to hike out!
Snow Summit is better for beginners, as it is less steep and entirely groomed. It also has a "family fun park" with smaller jumps and jibs.
Lift tickets are good at both resorts (with the exception of some of the season passes). You can rent skis/snowboards in town for as low as $15/day, much cheaper than at the resorts.
Info: (909) 866-5766
Reservations: (909) 866-5841
Edited by (in order): OTL Staff
Last updated: 05/25/2009