With snow coming to Southern California, a Bear Mountain trip becomes necessary

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 2, 2010 6:52 am

We’re getting reports that there is a very strong chance of snow showers in the Southern California ski areas this weekend. What a great time to head up to Big Bear and enjoy the gorgeous Bear Mountain! Their website reports: “Get in some hill time! The conditions are great and there’s so much new stuff out there! Mostly cloudy skies are forecast through through the week with a chance of fresh snowfall possibly Thursday and more on Friday. We’ll cross our fingers for a blue bird powder weekend! All roads into Big Bear are open with no chain requirements. All vehicles including 4WD and AWD must always carry chains when traveling in the mountains during winter months. If you are planning on coming up this weekend you’ll want to make reservations at least a day in advance to guarantee your place on the snow.”

Hopefully this weekend will bring some great pow riding and skiing, like in this video:


Don’t know much about Bear Mountain? Check out these facts:
748 Total permit acres
198 Developed acres
550 Accessible undeveloped acres of natural terrain (Deer, Goldmine & Bow Canyons)

12 Total mountain lifts:
2 High-speed quad chairs
1 quad chair
2 Triple chairs
4 Double chairs
3 Moving carpet lifts

4 Mountain Peaks:
Bear Peak: 8,805 feet
Silver Mountain: 8,560 feet
Goldmine Mountain: 8,440 feet
Showdown Mountain: 8,000 feet

Top elevation: 8,805 feet
Base elevation: 7,140 feet
Vertical drop: 1,665 feet
Uphill capacity: 16,590 per hour
Rideable miles: 17

Terrain difficulty:
15% first-time beginner
15% low intermediate
 40% intermediate
 30% advanced

Longest run:
Geronimo: 1 ½ miles

Annual snowfall average:
100 Inches

And remember, for all this info and more on Bear Mountain and nearly every other ski resort in North America, check out The Ski Channel’s brand new Resort Rater!!