Snow Summit Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of California in USA. The resort is in the town of Big Bear Lake, CA. We recently ranked all of California's ski resorts, so you can see where Snow Summit stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!
Snow Summit is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.
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Snow Summit Ski Resort Terrain Overview
Snow Summit has a total of 27 ski trails, which are serviced by 16 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 438 acres, Snow Summit Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 177 hectares, 1 square miles, or 2 square kilometers.
Snow Summit Ski Resort Elevation
Snow Summit Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 8,200 feet, or 2,499 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 7,000 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,200 feet (366 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 8,200 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.
Snow Summit Ski Resort Difficulty Level
45.8out of 100
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
Snow Summit has 438 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.Snow Summit is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 19% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 81%.
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 Snow Summit Ski Resort good for beginners?
Snow Summit 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 81% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.
Snow Summit Ski Resort Location
Snow Summit Ski Resort is located in the state of California, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Big Bear Lake, CA.
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315 USA
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Getting to Snow Summit Ski Resort
By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Snow Summit Ski Resort), its coordinates of 34.23600, -116.89200 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Big Bear Lake, 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 Snow Summit Ski Resort.
|Ontario International Airport||ONT||Ontario, CA||42 mi|
|Los Angeles International Airport||LAX||Los Angeles, CA||89 mi|
|San Diego International Airport||SAN||San Diego, CA||105 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 Snow Summit.
|Palm Springs International Airport||PSP||Palm Springs, CA||36 mi|
|John Wayne Airport||SNA||Santa Ana, CA||68 mi|
|Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field)||LGB||Long Beach, CA||78 mi|
There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Snow Summit 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 Snow Summit Ski Resort.
Snow Summit Ski Resort Mountain Stats
|Summit Elevation||8,200 ft|
|Base Elevation||7,000 ft|
|Vertical Drop||1,200 ft|
(19% Beginner, 48% Intermediate, 33% Expert)
|Avg. Annual Snowfall||N/A inches|