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Bear Valley Resort Reviews

by: belindajk - 20th February 2008

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Husband and I were there during a blizzard in late January and had a wonderful time. The people at the resort and the lodge/restaurant/bar staff were all friendly. We were skiing on a Monday and Tuesday and there were no lines whatsoever. The lifts are slow and old-fashioned and a bit harder to get on and off than newer ones, but that was part of the adventure to us. The mid-week stay and ski free package is a great bargain. I think it's perfect for families or couples looking for a secluded, quaint get-away. It's decidedly lacking in nightlife, so if you're looking for a party scene, you'll probably want to go to South Lake Tahoe or Reno, but for us it was perfect. The one thing that we wish we had known was how limited the dining options are on a weeknight. We had a kitchen in our condo but hadn't brought a lot of food to cook and were wishing we had. The food in the bar and grill is good but not great. The atmosphere there is charming, however, and the beer is flowing.

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