A great aspect about winter time in Southern California is being able to surf, snowboard, and/or ski all in the same day. For those who prefer freestyle riding and good parks, Big Bear is worth checking out. From Los Angeles, the resort is about a 2-hour drive (90-100miles).
Big Bear is basically a monster recreational park that offers a variety of ways to fine-tune your skills, and with the resorts snow making abilities the conditions aren’t bad. On powder days, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit is a good option for those who prefer some good carving and terrain riding.
The mountain has a variety of jumps and jibs all over the place, with some good hips and step-downs built into the terrain. There is also an in-ground standard half pipe, along with Southern California’s only Super Pipe.
According to one of Bear Mountain’s Websites, the stats for these pipes are listed below:
- Length: 580 feet
- Width: 77 feet
- Walls: 18 feet high
- Length: 400 feet
- Width: 55 feet
- Walls: 12 feet high
For those still learning, Big Bear has skill builder parks (SKB) to work on that confidence. Try to keep in mind when you see or hear terms like hips, step-downs, spines, rolls, S-turns, or quarter-pipes this is referring to jumps. Things like walls, boxes, and rails would be jibs.
Information on lift ticket prices and ski/snowboard rental rates please view in the slide show. All information on the resorts rates and dates have been gathered from Bear Mountains Website.
January 12, 2013 through March 10, 2013(view slideshow for rates)
December 22, 2012 through January 6, 2013
January 19-21, 2013
February 16-18, 2013(view slideshow for rates)
The surrounding area also offers plenty of things to do, with a good bar scene, and even night riding. For more information on lodging, weather, and snow conditions the links below should help.
Mountain Webcams: For a live look of Big Bear.
Mountain Forecasts and Weather Reports: This is a good link showing which runs are open, snow conditions, along with current weather information for the resorts.
Travel: Big Bear Lake Resort Association is a good site to check out information on all lodging and travel questions. Destination360’s is also a good option to use when wanting to compare rates.