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Big Bear Mountain Resorts Reviews

Positive Reviews


Big Bear is SoCal's mountain playground a short drive from LA, San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas.


Pros: Fantastic snowmaking and grooming, 320 day of sunshine a year, varied terrain, top notch parks, easily accessible, great instructors, friendly staff

Cons: crowded in the afternoons on weekends, spring conditions in the afternoons on many days, limited night life, poor parking facilities

Big Bear Mountain Resorts is actually two ski areas: Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.  A dual mountain pass provides access to both and a shuttle service is provided between the two ski areas.  I have been a season pass holder for a number of years and am proud to call these my home mountains.  No, they don't compare to Mammoth or Tahoe Resorts but, if you live in SoCal and would like to ski 30 plus days a year, Big Bear is your best choice.  I still ski Mammoth or Utah or Colorado, but I also ski every weekend and holiday in Big Bear.  These ski resorts are absolutely worth the drive and, if you work the mountain right, the crowds aren't as bad as advertised. ...
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Negative Reviews


OK for weekdays


Pros: Close proximity to LA

Cons: Dangerously crowded on weekends

Big Bear is a small local resort for LA skiers.  It is dangerously crowded on weekends.  The terrain is OK to have some fun for the day; not much for expert or advanced skiers.  The snow is mostly man-made unless they have a big storm which may occur once or twice per winter.  We tried it a couple of times when we lived in the LA area, but decided that it was better to invest the extra time in driving to Mammoth.

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Surprisingly fun Socal local skiing


Pros: reasonably steep hills

Cons: not enough natural snow and too much grooming

It's easy to get to nearby snow for some cruising in Southern California. Geronimo is steep! Challenging because it is primarily man made snow groomed to a pretty firm base. You can find chairs with minimal lift lines (like Geronimo and Silver) even on a busy weekend. The race programs are good for both kids and Masters. Spring skiing can be great. Occasionally storms bring fantastic powder - and the hill is steep enough to make those days fun. The roads get crowded. Some of the lifts get crowded. There are lots of snowboards (maybe 80% snowboards) and for some reason they won't ride four to a quad chair - ever. Everything groomed means not enough variety and even the longer runs...
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Snow Summit, Big Bear One Price, Fun when after a storm


Pros: All of terrain is well groomed. Short drive from L.A. Better coverage then other local mnts. Express chairs. Terrain for all skier types.

Cons: Crowds. Dont change prices based on snow quality. Only a few long runs down. No pick and choose parking spot. Parked in Boones.

I skied snow summit the whole day. They had the whole mountain open with 1.5 to 2.5ft of snow. Lots of icy sections on the runs with packed powder spots distributed in. Everything was groomed nicely. I tend to ski fast downhill expert and intermediate runs only. I didnt have an issue with crowds this day not even at the chair lift. The wall which is the expert bowl area of the mountain had enough snow to get the job done but unless another storm comes through here its looking really icy for now. When there's a fresh dump this place is really fun and snow conditions are good. There is only 3 directions I go down on this hill because they are the longest runs down. Those runs are fun and...
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Hard to get better overal value in a 1500' vertical hill


Pros: With Bear and Summit being so close together it feels like a larger resort.

Cons: Lifties don't always manage the newbies in the lift lines (hill edict is lacking). Update-Jan 2010 - Lifties at Summit have improved over last year

I still find it hard to believe that I can live in Orange county and still find decent skiing and snowboarding within a 2 hr drive.  Make no mistake, this is no big mountain experience but it provides solid value.  Big Bear Mountain Resorts is Snow Summit and Bear Mountain –  With a total of 26 lifts between the two neighboring resorts, interchangeable lift tickets, a free 1.5 mile shuttle between areas, over 438 skiable acres and 100% snowmaking with plenty of water from Big Bear Lake.  Each mountain has its own character and flavor.  Bear has extensive terrain parks and some great black diamond skiing.  Boarders need to be on their "A" game though, as the activity is fast and furious.  ...
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