Bear Mountain

43101 Goldmine Dr, Big Bear Lake , CA (Driving Directions to Bear Mountain)
Last Updated: 10/26/2016 9:01 PM

Bear Mountain Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 6 Beginner
  • 2 Intermediate
  • 6 Advanced
  • 3 Expert
Bear Mountain Resort is probably best known for their world-class terrain parks and rightfully so - During peak season you can find up to 130 rails, boxes and walls, another 150 snow features of all shapes and sizes, and Southern California's only Superpipe. But it's not just about parks at Bear. You will also find the regions largest beginner area, ... plenty of wide-open cruising terrain and the highest lift served peak in Southern California at 8,805 feet! No matter what you're looking for, Bear has it. Plus, your lift ticket is good at Snow Summit giving you access to a total of 26 lifts, 436 developed acres and the widest variety of terrain in So Cal! Read more

Bear Mountain Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Bear Mountain Operations


Plan to Open 11/24

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 12

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 7

Weekend Hours


Bear Mountain Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

7,140 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,665 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

8,805 ft

Bear Mountain Ski Pictures and Photos

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Bear Mountain Trail Map

Bear Mountain Reviews & Tips (11)

Get there early! If you don't, you will end up parking a mile from the resort and carried in an open truck to the entrance. Beyond that, this is clearly a snowboarder resort. Nearly every run has terrain features, mostly for boarders. By my best estimate, they outnumber skiers at least 3 to 1. Two out of every three boarders are also somewhat less skilled than the skiers on the same runs. So if you are skiing, be very watchful. It is also a very crowded resort, relatively speaking. Lift lines can be long on weekends. On the positive side, you can get some long cruises off lifts 4 and 8, both of which feature black diamond or double black diamond chutes. But, again, many of the boarders who use these runs aren't really capable of correctly riding this terrain, so by late in the day these runs feature long icy stretches where a boarder has just kept his or her board perpendicular to the slope for most of the cruise, leaving an icy streak and piling up snow in places which makes it difficult to ski. I found my last runs of the afternoon a little dicy for this reason. Of course, with the growing popularity of boarding, this is a problem at nearly all resorts, but that problem is magnified at Bear Mountain. If you are looking for nice cruises and lengthy runs, Snow Summit may be a better alternative, despite not being as high since Mammoth Mountain manages that resort as a more traditional ski/boarder area. You can also save what should be only 25 minutes, but in poor driving conditions may end up being 40-60 minutes of time by simply stopping at Snow Valley. I felt I needed to ski at the higher elevations Bear Mountain offered before I made a decision for next season (and you can get well over 8,000 feet at Bear Mountain Resort; the number 8 lift gets you almost to 9,000 feet) but ultimately I decided to buy my season pass next year at Snow Valley. You get more acres of skiing at Bear Mountain, but the extra cost in drive time, waiting on transit to and from the parking lots, and ticket price all make it less worthwhile for me at this point in my skiing life.
Bear Mountain review written Mar 14 2016 - 09:20 PM
Fritz Ward Intermediate Skier
For people who live in the Greater Los Angeles Area, it's the best place to go. It does get crowded on weekends and if it stays cool it's a great place to snowboard. If it's warm out, it starts to get slushy after lunch. Lots of park features that vary based on skill level. There are some good runs for beginners as well. I taught both my kids to snowboard there. If you own a season pass and do 20 or so days a year, its a great value. The Village provides lots of family fun and dinner options. Great place for a short family vacation.
Bear Mountain review written Feb 18 2016 - 12:14 PM
Frank Advanced Snowboarder
90% park 90% snowboarders. Best place to go south of mammoth.
Bear Mountain review written Mar 13 2014 - 05:08 PM
adrian Advanced Skier
I took my 8 and 10 year old boys snowboarding at beer mt and it was the worst experience I have every had at a mountain. The slopes were extremely crowded with very poor boarders. There was so much cursing, drinking and immature behavior that I will never take my kids there again. My 10 year got run into by a 200 lb 30 something who did stop to ask it he was okay or apologize. Also we had to wait 30 minutes for the shuttle to transport us to and from the parking lot. We ski and snowboard over 20 days per year and I will never return to bear. This is the only bad experience I had at a mountain
Bear Mountain review written Mar 05 2014 - 08:04 PM
John Advanced Snowboarder
Not an ideal place for beginners. This mountain is basically 95% park and 5% Expert trails. Conditions tend to be icy towards the top of all three summits but after snowmaking and storms, they can be perfect for powder skiing. Predominantly used by freestyle skiers and boarders.
Bear Mountain review written Nov 10 2013 - 01:35 AM
Andrew Fineman Advanced Skier
Well put Phil
Bear Mountain review written Jan 30 2013 - 06:58 PM
Seymour Bush Advanced Skier
Deep pow or bust!
Bear Mountain review written Jan 30 2013 - 06:55 PM
Phil Herrup Beginner Snowboarder
Went to Bear Mt on Christmas vacation and had my little 5 yrs. old daughter took a snowboarding lesson. Her instructor was great. All the lifts were quick, and the staffs were very friendly. The entire family had a blast.
Bear Mountain review written Jan 09 2013 - 09:56 PM
Jae Intermediate Snowboarder
Since theres been not really any snow, is there a way to just buy a half-season pass or just weekend passes for Saturday and Sundays, Bear Mountain should really look into that. It would be beneficial to ALOT of us Riders, since most are occupied with school or school/college, therefore having mostly or only weekends to ride. Look into it, and it will be nothing but beneficial for all of us including BearMountain as a whole.
Bear Mountain review written Dec 06 2012 - 04:16 PM
LOC Twinzz Intermediate Snowboarder
looking forward to seeing switchfoot play
Bear Mountain review written Dec 14 2011 - 10:15 AM
Jeffery Snitker Intermediate Snowboarder
Bear Mountain review written Nov 30 2011 - 11:59 PM
james Advanced Snowboarder

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