East of Los Angeles and northeast of San Bernardino, the Big Bear Mountain Resort has 52 trails spread over 400 acres that are served by 19 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,665 feet. The Bear Mountain ski area is spread across 4 mountain peaks, which is some of the highest in southern California, and has an average annual snowfall of 100 inches. Big Bear is well known to snowboarders for its steep terrain, and it also has over 550 acres of ungroomed terrain to explore on Gold Mine Canyon, Bowl Canyon and Deer Canyon all off Goldmine Mountain peak.
Bear Mountain has the must-see is the Reef Zone, a double half-pipe, and the All-Mountain Freestyle Park. Overall, there are 4 pipes and 200 terrain park features to hit. Bear Mountain ski area is known for fresh progression-style terrain park setups every season.
For apres ski, try the the Laybacks Bar or the Slopeside Speakeasy. For some nightlife, the best bets are Murrays Saloon, Chads, or Mozarts.
To reach Big Bear Mountain Resort from Los Angeles and points to the west, head east on US210 to the exit for US330. Continue east on US330 which turns into SR18 leading to the ski area.
Overall, Big Bear Mountain Resort is the 8th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 19 snowboarding resorts in California. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Big Bear Mountain Resort including Mountain High Resort and Snow Summit Ski Area.
Local Contacts: Big Bear Mountain Resort (909) 866-5766; California Tourism (916) 444-4429
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Moderate
Base Camp: Spartan Hostel (909) 866-5255; Shore Acres Lodge
Luxury Loding: Northwoods Resort (909) 866-3121; Boulder Creek Resort
Breakfast Restaurant: Pine Nut Coffee House; Grizzly Manor Cafe
Reference Source: click here https://www.bigbearmountainresort.com/
GPS: 34.227842, -116.860371
Date Published: 12/25/2015
Date Updated: 1/2/2019
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