Bear Mountain is Southern California's home for year-round high-altitude adventure, with world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter and a unique 9-hole golf course in the summer. In the winter (November-April), Bear Mountain offers a combined 748 acres of skiable terrain with lifts and trails for all ability levels. Highlights include award-winning terrain parks, a recently renovated base area, and the region's largest beginner areas and highest lift-served peak (8,805 feet). Bear Mountain is part of Big Bear Mountain Resort, along with Snow Valley and Snow Summit.
Where Is Bear Mountain Located?
The easiest way to get to the mountain is by car, either your own or a rental. It’s about two and a half hours from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) depending on traffic.
Big Bear has it all, including restaurants located throughout the resort along with various stops to snack, coffee bars, repair shop, sports shop and lessons. The snowfall is bolstered by 100% snowmaking. Take some time to enjoy the big sundeck after you get off the slopes.
For smaller version of the features for which Bear Mountain is known, head to the Skill Builder Park. Most of the features are lower to the ground and 5 to 10 feet long. You can access the park by using Chair 6, 7 and 9. Your lift ticket gives you access to both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. If you need a break from terrain parks, Snow Summit has a lot of traditional runs.
If you’re planning on spending a week or weekend there, take advantage of all the rental cabins and homes in the area. They’re pretty close to the slopes, some even within walking distance.
While many California resorts must spend a large amount of time making snow, Big Bear Ski Resort benefits from snow from Big Bear Lake, meaning that the resort can make “real” snow. After a day on the slopes, either head to the town for a night out, or go to the beach and soak up some rays.