Snow Summit Ski Resort

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.

Snow Summit Lodging:

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.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
438(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall

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.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
8,200'(2,499 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,200'(366 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
7,000'(2,133 m)

Snow Summit Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
45.8out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Snow Summit 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 81% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


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%.
19%(83 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
48%(210 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
33%(145 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 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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GPS Coordinates:
34.23600, -116.89200

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 AirportONTOntario, CA42 mi
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA89 mi
San Diego International AirportSANSan Diego, CA105 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 AirportPSPPalm Springs, CA36 mi
John Wayne AirportSNASanta Ana, CA68 mi
Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field)LGBLong Beach, CA78 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.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance

Snow Summit Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation8,200 ft
Base Elevation7,000 ft
Vertical Drop1,200 ft
(19% Beginner,  48% Intermediate,  33% Expert)
Skiable Acres438
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Snow Summit Ski Resort Mountain Stats