Bear Valley Mountain hit its total annual snowfall by the end of February. But the boon of snow and continued storms forced postponing its skier and boarder cross event, prompting a full spring calendar with events and lift ticket deals.

Heavy storms prompted Bear Valley to postpone its skier and boarder cross competition. The resort chose April 23 as the new date, in hopes of a better chance for blue skies and spring snow conditions. Registration, which costs $15-25, is available online.

The resort is also launching its first ski mountaineering race March 19. The course will gain about 3,900 feet in elevation over 9.5 miles of climbing and descents. "It's a brand new event for us," spokesperson Jason Smith told us. "It'll take place on and off the resort."

The annual spring pond skimming competition is scheduled to take place April 16 during Reggae on the Mountain Day. Live reggae music comes to the Sun Deck. "It's a cool springtime thing in the sun with everyone out in ski boots and T-shirts," said Smith.

Bear Valley added Twelve Dollar Tuesdays during March as an incentive to attract midweek skiers and riders. Lift tickets March 15, 22, and 29 will cost $12 for all ages.

The resort plans to operate daily until May 1. The annual spring season pass sale will launch mid-March. "Full passes for next year will be good for the remainder of this year, too," added Smith. "Keep your finger on the pulse of to get the details of the season pass sale."

More information: Skier and boarder cross, ski mountaineering race.

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Pond skimming is one of Bear Valley's signature spring events.