Ski Resorts: San Bernardino Mountain Ski Resorts

California (US)

Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, Snow Valley

Los Angeles Area Ski resorts


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San Bernardino Mountain Resorts Description:

The San Bernardino Mountain ski resorts are northeast of Los Angeles and only a two hour drive from the beach. Bear Mountain is the most popular of the resorts for boarders while Snow Summit attracts more skiers. Snow Valley is a slightly shorter drive from LA and has tamer slopes. All of the San Bernardino Mountain ski resorts are beginner resorts without much challenging terrain and thus very popular with beginners and families who want to introduce their kids to skiing or snow boarding. Bear Mountain offers a mountain full of terrain park features sure to entertain kids.

The snow at the San Bernardino Mountain ski resorts is typically man made resulting in coarse snow.

The proximity of the ski resorts to Bear Lake, surrounded by the San Bernadino National Forest (in San Bernardino County) makes a beautiful resort surrounding. The resorts of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are just outside of the town of Big Bear on Big Bear Lake which offers visitors a beautiful moutain town just a short drive from the smoggy, over populated and congested metropolis which is Los Angeles.

Bear Mountain Summary:

Base: 7,140 ft
Summit: 8,805 ft
Vertical: 1,665 ft
Ski area: 198 acres
Trails: 29
Lifts: 12
Terrain parks: everywhere
Snowfall: 100"


Beginner: 30%
Intermediate: 40%
Advanced: 30%
Expert: 0%

Trail Map:

Big Bear Weather:

Bear Mountain:
This mountain is popular with young snowboarders. While it is an easy and gentile mountain, it has lots of terrain park features scattered throuout the mountain. If attending on a weekend, it is best to make reservations online in advance as they will cut off the number of admissions to keep the place sane. Bear Mtn Base Lodge


As far as we could tell, the mountain ski runs are covered with groomed man made snow. The terrain is beginner to advanced beginner.

Bear Mtn Terrain Park

Terrain Parks:

The mountain IS a freestyle park with 150+ jumps (tables, hips, step-downs, spines, rolls, S-turns, quarterpipes), 80+ jibs (rails, boxes, wall rides, ...), a superpipe (580 ft long x 77 ft wide x 18 ft high) and a half pipe.

Bear Mountain CA: ski run

Bear Mountain CA: Base lodge patio
Base lodge patio


Snow Summit Summary:

Base: 7,000 ft
Summit: 8,200 ft
Vertical: 1,200 ft
Ski area: 240 acres
Trails: 31
Lifts: 14
Terrain parks: 2
Snowfall: 100"


Beginner: 35%
Intermediate: 40%
Advanced: 25%
Expert: 0%

Trail Map:

Snow Summit:

Snow Summit Base Lodge

Lift tickets are good for both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. There is also a shuttle which takes you between the two resorts.

Snow Summit Bear Lake View

Snow Summit Chutes

The entire mountain is groomed and covered with man made snow (still real snow). In fact they have 560 hydrants, 330+ snow guns and 40 fan guns dedicated to the task of converting 6,000 gallons of water a minute into snow. Snow Summit has a spectacular view of Bear Lake from the summit which is sure to inspire you and make you feel like you are a thousand miles from Los Angeles.

Night skiing is available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 3:00pm till 9:30pm.


Snow Valley Summary:

Base: 6,800 ft
Summit: 7,841 ft
Vertical: 1,041 ft
Ski area: 240 acres
Trails: 35
Lifts: 12
Terrain parks: 2
Snowfall: 150"


Beginner: 70%
Intermediate: 20%
Advanced: 8%
Expert: 2%

Trail Map:

Snow Valley:
Snow Valley entrance

Located only 30 minutes from the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, Snow Valley is the first ski resort you will encounter as you drive up Hwy 330/18 towards Bear Lake. While it is a small resort it is a good fit for the beginner (or timid) skier or snow boarder. In contrast to the struggle with crowds at the more popular Bear Mountain or Snow Summit, you may feel that you own the ski run at Snow Valley. Snow Valley is small, simple and easy.

Snow Valley includes a children's learning center, a rental/repair shop and a kids minature snow mobile rental.

Snow Valley - View of Mountain

Snow Valley - Mountain Lodge

Terrain Park: Snow Valley has been improving their terrain park features which now include rails, table tops, jumps, jibs and 1/4 pipes.

Directions: Hwy I-10 to Redlands and transition to Hwy 30 North to 330. Continue on Hwy 330 to Hwy 18 in Running Springs. Snow Valley is five miles east of Running Springs on Hwy 18.


Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park:
Snow Tubing

If you want to have fun with the little ones or with those who possess little or no athletic skill, try the Snowdrift tubing park. Its fun for all ages.

You will find The Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park just before Snow Valley along the road to Big Bear from LA.

Snow Tubing

For an alternate snow tubing area see:

Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoeing:

  • Big Bear Discovery Center: (909) 886-3437
  • Big Bear Outdoor Activities: (909) 910-1810
  • Equada Outfitters: (909) 866-6186
  • Goldsmith's Boardhouse and ski rental: (909) 866-2728

  • Elevations Day Spa: (909) 866-7405
  • The Village Spa: (909) 878-3640
  • Mary Douglas/Hypnotherapist: (909) 585-8334
  • Mountain Mobile Massage: (909) 800-8103

Ski and Snowboard Rental:
  • Bear Mountain: 1-909-866-5766
  • Bellows Ski Shop: 1-909-866-4447
  • Blauer's Ski and Board (rental, sales and clothing): 1-909-866-5689
    41177 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Equada Outfitters: 1-909-866-6186
  • Goldsmith's Boardhouse: 1-909-866-2728
    42071 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Snow Summit: 1-909-866-5766

Directions to the San Bernardino Mountain Ski Resorts:

hours from Los Angels and San Diego.

  • From Los Angeles:
    • Interstate 10 East to the Running Springs Hwy 30 exit in Redlands.
    • Follow 30 to Hwy 330 to Hwy 18.
  • From San Diego:
    • Interstate 15 North to Hwy 10 East.
    • Interstate 10 East to the Running Springs Hwy 30 exit in Redlands.
    • Follow 30 to Hwy 330 to Hwy 18.

Road condiditons:

Bear Mountain Towing: (909) 547-0477
Caltrans road conditions: 1-800-427-ROAD

Map of Big Bear Lake CA:

Google Map

Big Bear Lodging and Accommodations:

The town of Big Bear Lake California has a plethora of condos for rent, hotels, motels and hostels:

Big Bear Restaurants:
  • Bear Claw Corner Deli and Pizzeria: 1-909-866-7006
    40729 Village Drive #1
  • Big Bear Mountain Brewery: 1-909-866-2337
    40260 Big Bear Blvd
  • Bill Knick's Cafe (at Big Bear Discovery Center): 1-909-866-1870
    40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin
  • Bistro at the Mansion: 1-909-878-9190
    869 Knickerbocker (Knickerbocker mansion)
  • Blondie's Grille and Bar (behind Wings jewlers): 1-909-878-2100
    625 Pine Knot Ave.
  • Captain's Anchorage (steak and seafood): 1-909-866-3997
    42148 Moonridge Way
  • Cowboy Express Steak House (and seafood): 1-909-866-1486
    40433 Lakeview drive
  • Evergreen International (steak and seafood): 1-909-878-5588
    40771 Lakeview Drive
  • Grizzly's Bear Belly Deli: 1-909-585-4266
    42530 Moonridge Road
  • Grizzly Manor Cafe: 1-909-866-6226
    41268 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Jasper's Smokehouse and Steaks: 1-909-866-2434
    607 Pine Knot Ave.
  • Kujo's Restaurant: 1-909-866-6659
    41799 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Le Bistro at the Best Western BB Chateau: 1-909-866-6666
    42200 Moonridge Road
  • Madlon's Restaurant (French Cuisine): 1-909-585-3762
    829 W. Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear City
  • Mandarin Garden (Chinese): 1-909-585-1818
    Big Bear city airport (2nd floor)
  • Robinhood Resort: 1-909-866-4643 or 800-990-9956
    40797 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake CA 902315
  • Old Country Inn (German / American): 1-909-866-5600
    41126 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Sonora Catina (Mexican): 1-909-866-8202
    4114 Big Bear Blvd.
  • Sweet Basil Bistro (Italian): 1-909-866-9212
    40629 Lakeview Drive
  • The Gold Pan Restaurant (American): 1-909-8666-4310
    39204 Northshore Drive, Fawnskin
  • The Mandoline Bistro (Steak and Seafood): 1-909-866-4200
    40701 Village Drive
  • Wyatt's Cafe and Saloon: 909-585-3000
    Take Lakeview to the last intersection on Gibralter Rd.

Summer Info:
  • Biking:
    • Bear Valley Bikes: 1-909-866-8000
    • Big Bear Adventure Racing: 1-909-910-1810
    • Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair: 1-909-866-5766
  • Boating:
  • Golf:
    • Bear Mountain Golf Course: 1-909-585-8002
    • Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain (Minature Golf): 1-909-866-4626
  • Horseback Riding:
    • Baldwin Lake Stables and petting zoo: 1-909-585-6482
  • Parasailing: 1-909-866-IFLY
  • Tennis: (Big Bear Parks and Rec): 1-909-866-9700
  • Tours:
    • Off-Road Adventures: 1-909-585-1036
    • Pirate Ship: 1-909-878-4040
    • Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat: 1-909-866-8129


Phone Numbers:
  • US Forest Service: 1-877-444-6777
  • USARC (adults and children with disabilities): 1-909-584-0269
  • MARTA (buses): 1-909-878-5200
  • Big Bear City Airport: 1-909-585-3219
  • Bear Valley Community Hospital: 1-909-866-6501
  • Family Health Center (walk-in): 1-909-878-8246
  • Animal Shelter: 1-909-866-4943
  • Sheriff's Department: 1-909-866-7581
  • The Bowling Barn: 1-909-878-2695
  • Big Bear Lake Branch Library (internet access available): 1-909-866-5571
    41930 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake

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