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Quick Facts
Advanced Terrain: 30%
Average Annual Snowfall: 360 Inches
Base Elevation: 6,600 Feet (2057.4 Meters)
Beginner Terrain: 30%
Intermediate Terrain: 40%
Number of Lifts: 11 2 triple chairs, 7 double chairs, 2 surface lifts
Number of Runs: 67
Skiable Acres: 1,280 Acres
Snowmaking Acres: 100 Acres
Summit Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Terrain Park: Yes
Vertical Rise: 1,900 Feet (592.3 Meters)

General Information

Description - A world-class mountain with small town charm, Bear Valley is an easy escape to winter fun, especially for residents of Northern California. Bear is one of the closest resorts to the San Francisco Bay Area and its access road - Highway 4 - is practically always open.

Attractions - Skiers and snowboarders enjoy over 1280 acres of finely crafted, well-balanced terrain. Services include skiing and snowboarding lessons, rentals, repair, a retail shop and food/beverage. On-hill there is a halfpipe, terrain park, free guided mountain tours and snowmaking coverage.

Recreation - The winter season brings opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding and snowmobiling are available in nearby Bear Valley Village.

Climate - The High Sierra generally experiences mild to warm, dry summers and cold, snowy and wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snowpack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - Bear Valley is located on scenic and all-weather Highway 4, regionally located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Access is easy from all areas of Northern California.

From the Bay Area: Take 580 east to 205 east to 120 east to 99 north to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.

From the Central Valley: Take 99 north to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.

From Sacramento: Take 99 south to 12 east to 49 south to 4 east and continue to Bear Valley.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Downhill Skiing 1,280 acres
ICON Snowboarding 1,280 acres

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Contact Information:
Bear Valley Mountain Resort, Hwy. 4 at Hwy. 270, P.O. Box 5038 , Bear Valley, CA, 95223, Phone: 209-753-2301

Additional Information:
California Ski Resorts - The State of California is home to spectacular mountains and world famous skiing and snowboarding.
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