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Reviews for Bear Valley

Read skier and snowboarder-submitted reviews on Bear Valley that rank the ski resort and mountain town on a scale of one to five stars for attributes such as terrain, nightlife and family friendliness. See how Bear Valley stacks up in the reviews, on and off the slopes, from skiing and family activities to the après scene. Read up on pros, cons and other comments in reviews left by fellow skiers and riders. Don't forget to submit your own Bear Valley review! Scroll to the bottom of this page to let other travelers know about your skiing and resort experience. For more destination information, click Add to Compare to see a side-by-side comparison of Bear Valley vs. other ski resorts (up to 10 total).

by: Jim undefined - 26th November 2019

  • 4
  • 3Beginner
  • 5Intermediate
  • 4Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • 5Overall Value
Easy access, Great value, Fun Mountain
Needs better infrastructure

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Compared to other west slope Sierra Nevada resorts, Bear Valley offers better skiing conditions year in and year out on the upper mountain since its lodge and parking area is at 7500 ft and the resort has snowmaking capability. Big years open the lower mountain making it possible to ski from the ridgelines at 8800 ft down to the mid to low 6000 ft elevation at the bottom of the bowls. The parking lot can use some work. The holy grail for improvement would be lift or gondola access from the village. Locals like easy access - the drive up CA State Route 4 is among the best in the Sierras with little to no traffic trouble on getaway weekends compared to Tahoe. The corridor between Murphys and Dorrington offer dining and apres options without a crowded or pretentious resort vibe. Terrain favors the intermediate to advanced skier with a good amount of steeps, bumps, and ungroomed terrain mixed in. Three beginner slopes are located near the lodge. They’ve done a good job building terrain (park) features into different sections of the resort. Don’t pay attention to On The Snow’s directions on how to get there - they’ve confused Bear Valley with Bear Mountain in Southern CA.

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  • Elizabeth (15th March 2020)

    We have been going here for years and it is where our kids learned to ski starting at age 3. They are...

  • Keli K (26th February 2020)

    Incredible mountain that still has the small town feel, even though it's got a decent amount of vertical and terrain, especially when...

  • slucas (6th December 2019)

    Amazing slopes, great snow, family friendly

  • Jim (26th November 2019)

    Compared to other west slope Sierra Nevada resorts, Bear Valley offers better skiing conditions year in and year out on the upper...

  • Unhappy Potentialcustomer (15th January 2019)

    NOT family friendly! If I can't get my question answered and make arrangements with the ticket office or Guest Services or main...

  • mikerobinson617 (7th January 2019)

    I have been skiing there for 40 years. I love its location I love the quality of it snow etc. But here...

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Ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world:

We have been proud to provide you with free access to snow reports, resort guides and more, and we are beyond grateful for your readership and contributions to our community over the years.

Unfortunately given the changing media landscape, Mountain News Corporation has experienced financial declines in recent years. With additional economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic now facing our business, it is not financially viable to continue operating.

Mountain News Corporation and our OnTheSnow and Skiinfo websites will be shutting down. We will explore the possibility of selling, partnering, or contributing assets to another media outlet if there is an opportunity to allow for a consistent or enhanced online experience. For inquiries about Mountain News Corporation, please email Feedback_OTS@mountainnews.com.

We want to thank our loyal employees for their tireless work over the years to bring great information to all of you. We take comfort knowing that our collective passion for the sport of skiing and snowboarding will certainly live on.

We’ll see you on the mountain.


– Mountain News Corporation