Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Located in a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada just south of Tahoe and about three and a half hours east of San Jose, Bear Valley Mountain Resort sits at the end of a mountain pass on scenic Highway 4, which was originally extended into the Sierra just to reach this ski resort.
Bear Valley boasts uncrowded slopes, short lift lines, and a down-home feel (read: no Starbucks here, yet). The snow is typically plentiful; an average of 30 feet falls annually.
This ski resort boasts Tahoe-style powder because of its close proximity—the peak of Kirkwood can be seen from the top of the Bear Chair at 8,495 feet.
This resort’s split personality on the mountain itself delivers a family experience on the top half of the mountain and expert, black diamond terrain on the lower half. The conveniently located mid-mountain Day Lodge splits the difference.
While this ski resort positions itself as a family mountain, its real panache lies in the expert, un-groomed terrain.
Bear Valley’s dual personality makes it a unique place to hit the slopes with kids in tow, often left to shred the lower half of the peak while you test your quads in the expert chutes) or great for a day or two of shamelessly self-indulgent exploration of your own skiing abilities sans the crowds that can choke other resorts in the Tahoe region.
Highway 4 @ Highway 207
PO Box 5038
Bear Valley, California 95223