How to Navigate the Slopes of Bear Mountain

The smell of snow is in the air and snow is on the ground at Big Bear! Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open for business for skiing, snowboarding and more. Grab those skis as we teach you how to navigate the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

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Grab those skis as we teach you how to navigate the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

Bear Mountain

Open since 1940, the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have hundreds of acres of skiable terrain and 31 trails covered by a snowmaking system.

Bear Mountain offers 748 acres permitted for skiing and snowboarding. It’s also home to Southern California’s only halfpipes for snowboarders.

Snow Summit

Snow Summit offers a huge Learning Area for families to learn how to ski and also offers night lessons under the lights. Certified instructors can teach anyone a set of skiing and snowboarding skills. Find ski and snowboard lesson pricing and information online.

Snowboarding Parks

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit also offer a variety of snowboarding parks and opportunities to slide in style.

Red Bull Plaza at Bear Mountain is an urban-styled snowboarding park that includes a Hot Dawgs and Hand Rails offering this year.

Freestyle Park offers more jibs, jumps and transition offerings than any snowboarding offering in Southern California. The park has more than 200 acres of winter wonderland for snowboarders, including four pipes (8’, 13’, 18’ and a jib pipe) and more than 100 snow features and jibs that will keep you busy for hours. Enjoy the in-ground superpipe and standard halfpipe too.

Need some practice and some confidence before you head out with your snowboard? Head to Skill Builder Park to get some confidence before you master the pipes with your snowboard.

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Enjoy Grizzly Tube Park and glide down the hill as fast as you can in high-speed snow tubes.

Grizzly Tube Park

December also marks the opening of Grizzly Ridge Tube Park at Snow Summit. Have some fun with the kids and take a lift to the top of the park. Glide down as fast as you dare in the park’s high-speed snow tubes. Children must be 42 inches tall to ride the tubes. The park offers:

  • Groomed lanes
  • Tube lift
  • Hot cocoa
  • Adult drinks
  • Snacks

A 1.5-hour day session of tubing is available for $30 and a 3-hour night session is offered for $35. Helmet rentals are $5. All season pass holders receive a $10 discount on tubing sessions.

Hours of Operation

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Night hours run from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are only available on certain dates. Night hours are weather permitting and subject to change. Always call ahead to confirm hours at (888) SUMMIT1 to be safe.

Check the Weather Report

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit offer a daily Mountain Report that details the amount of snow that has fallen, the surface conditions and the current weather. Be sure to check the report and the Storm Tracker before and during your visit.

Monitor Lift and Trail Statuses

Make your skiing and snowboarding adventure even easier by keeping track of the statuses of the lifts and trails with Bear Mountain’s Lift Status and Trail Status Monitors.

You can also review mountain statistics and trail maps to prepare for your skiing adventure.

Are you getting excited about your upcoming visit? Check out the Summit Streaming Cam to get your ski slope fix. You should also brush up on the safety and education codes.

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Grab those skis because it’s time to head to Big Bear for a ski and snowboarding adventure.

Buy Your Discounted Bear Mountain Pass Today

The opening of Bear Mountain kicks off the winter season at Big Bear Lake. Don’t miss out. Buy a season pass today before prices go up Dec. 15. You can save up to $120 by purchasing a season pass before Dec. 15.

Review lift tickets and seasonal pass pricing information online. Lift tickets are valid at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Bear Mountain also offers rental gear.

Book a Big Bear Vacation Stay

Grab those skis because it’s time to head to Big Bear for a ski and snowboarding adventure. Schedule your Big Bear trip today at Big Bear Frontier. We have cozy cabins and luxury hotel rooms ready for you so you can stay awhile and enjoy winter. Make your reservations today!

About bigbearfrontier

Nestled among the giant pines, our comfortably shaded resort stretches from Big Bear Boulevard to the water’s edge of the lake. We have everything from jacuzzis to fireplaces with views of Big Bear Lake.
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