Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Bear Valley, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Bear Valley Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Bear Valley Mountain is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort.
Bear Valley Mountain Lodging:
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Terrain Overview
Bear Valley Mountain has a total of 75 ski trails, which are serviced by 9 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 1,680 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 680 hectares, 3 square miles, or 7 square kilometers.
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Elevation
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 8,500 feet, or 2,591 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 6,600 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,900 feet (579 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.
The summit of 8,500 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level
52.1out of 100
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At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.
Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.
Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level
Bear Valley Mountain has 1,680 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Bear Valley Mountain is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 25% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 75%.
Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.
Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.
Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.
Is Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?
Bear Valley Mountain can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 75% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Location
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Bear Valley, CA.
Bear Valley, CA 95979 USA
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Getting to Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 39.20000, -122.44000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Bear Valley, CA to get close.
By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airport(s) to Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort.
|Sacramento International Airport||SMF||Sacramento, CA||57 mi|
|Oakland International Airport||OAK||Oakland, CA||103 mi|
|San Francisco International Airport||SFO||San Francisco, CA||109 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Bear Valley Mountain.
|Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport||STS||Santa Rosa, CA||52 mi|
|Sacramento Mather Airport||MHR||Sacramento, CA||76 mi|
|Redding Municipal Airport||RDD||Redding, CA||91 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.
Other Nearby Ski Resorts
Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort.
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||8,500 ft|
|Base Elevation||6,600 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,900 ft|
(25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||N/A inches|