Traveler’s Guide to Big Bear’s Ski Resorts

Bobby Dyer

If you’ve made a trek to Big Bear to experience the land of winter, you are in luck! They have two premier Southern California Ski Resorts. And with a combined 26 lifts giving you access to over 400 skiable acres hosting 55 runs, you won’t regret it! 

Bear Mountain Resort

Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Known most for hosting the only California Superpipe and expansive People’s Park, this 200-acre playground offers all skillsets a chance to enjoy an adventure on the slopes. Prepare for a good time, as the Big Bear Mountain vibe is contagious.

For Beginners

If you wanted a lot of area to play in while learning, Bear Mountain has the largest beginner area in the region. Combine that with their most progressive teaching equipment and Bear Mountain will have you on black diamonds in no time.

For Experts

Bear Mountain is in no short supply of black diamond, or even double black, runs. Hop on either express lift (8 or 9) to head straight to the top for your challenging runs.

And don’t forget to hone your skills at one of the two Terrain Parks. Bear Mountain’s Skill Builder Park offers a great starter playground before moving onto the famous Red Bull Plaza.

Snow Summit Mountain Resort

Snow Summit Lodging
Since 1952, Snow Summit has been a dominant player in championing skiing and boarding in SoCal. Pioneering the world of snow creation in 1960, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain have been perfecting it ever since, guaranteeing snow days. And if you’ve never enjoyed the thrill of skiing at night, this is your chance. Continuing the fun well into the evening, Snow Summit offers night skiing options throughout the season.

For Beginners

Those just learning to ski or board are in luck! At the base of Snow Summit, there is an entire Beginner’s area including a designated lift just for you. Where Snow Summit excels is their unparalleled learning programs for skiers and boarders.

For Experts

Don’t be turned off by the beginner areas. Over half of the mountain was designed specifically for you. They have a good range of intermediate, black diamond and double black runs, especially off of lift 6. And if long runs are more your style, check out the Westridge trail off of Quad lift 2 coming in at 1.25 miles.

Hit Both!


Big Bear Mountain Resorts
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A day of skiing shouldn’t be limited to just one mountain. Tackle both with a free 10-minute shuttle between mountains. Your ticket to one mountain gets you on the slopes at both mountains, so you can enjoy the rush of finding new trails in the hunt for powder all day long.

Mountain Discounts

Skiing or boarding is too great of an adventure to be limited to just one day. Make it a full adventure by staying overnight. Bring in your lift ticket after riding on either mountain and save money on your nightly rate at the International Traveler’s House Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge. Contact us to see our complete line up of this year’s nightly lodging deals in Big Bear.

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