Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort

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.

Trails
Total Runs
75
Ski Lift
Lifts
9
Skier
Skiable Acres
1,680(7 km2)
Snow
Annual Snowfall
N/A

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
8,500'(2,591 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,900'(579 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
6,600'(2,012 m)

Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Score
Difficulty Score
52.1out of 100
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Bear Valley Mountain can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. 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 ski level.

 DID YOU KNOW?

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
25%(420 acres)

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.

Blue Square
Intermediate
40%(672 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
Expert
35%(588 acres)

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.

Address:
Bear Valley, CA 95979 USA
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Website:
bearvalley.com/

GPS Coordinates:
39.20000, -122.44000

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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA57 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA103 mi
San Francisco International AirportSFOSan Francisco, CA109 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.

NameCodeCityDistance
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA52 mi
Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA76 mi
Redding Municipal AirportRDDRedding, CA91 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance

Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

NameStatistic
Summit Elevation8,500 ft
Base Elevation6,600 ft
Vertical Drop1,900 ft
Trails75
(25% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  35% Expert)
Lifts9
Skiable Acres1,680
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Bear Valley Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats