Bear Valley Mountain Resort has big news as it gets ready to host its annual Winter Preview event for locals. The boundary lines ballooned to include more acreage for skiing and snowboarding.
"Expanding into the bowl has been in the master plan for over 30 years," Bear Valley's Rosie Sundell told OnTheSnow. "We got it approved through the Forest Service this summer and said, 'Let's just go for it.'"
The resort added 400 more acres of terrain for this winter, bumping its total to 1,680 acres. The new unnamed bowl, accessed from Kuma and Koala lifts, is located on the south slope of the main ski area. The new area contains 12-15 trails suitable for those with intermediate and advanced skills.
Grooming will be done on a portion of the terrain as conditions allow, but some of the slopes are steep enough to require a winch cat. Glades, chutes, and powder runs comprise much of the bowl that will spit skiers out at a shuttle stop to hop a ride back two miles back to the base lodge. The shuttle will run continuously about every 12-15 minutes.
Bear Valley has plans to install a lift, but has declines to put a timeline on it. Installing the lift requires negotiating with several different land owners, including private, public, county, and Forest Service. Once approved, the lift will require two years to build.
Fans of Bear Valley can enter an online contest to name the new bowl and go down in posterity on the trail map. The winner of the contest will receive a season pass.
Locals looking for more information should plan on attending the Winter Preview Nov. 17 at Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp, Calif. The resort will present all the details about the expansion and other improvements for the winter.
More information: call 209-753-2301.