Pros: fantastic snowmaking and grooming, 320 day of sunshine a year, varied terrain, top notch parks, easily accessible, great instructors, friendly staff
Cons: lack of parking, crowded weekend afternoons, a long spring skiing season
For dependable snow coverage, you can't beat Snow Summit. Summit is actually half of Big Bear Mountain Resorts so the pass includes Bear Mountain which makes the resort larger than it appears at first glance. A complimentary shuttle is provided between the two resorts. Snow Summit is easily accessible from San Diego County, LA County, Orange County, Riverside County, and (obviously) San Bernadino county. What Bear Mountain is to snowboarders, Summit is to skiers. Don't get me wrong, Summit has a great terrain park; it's just not the same high speed competitive environment you find at Bear. In one phrase - Summit is family friendly. The crowds aren't nearly as bad as reported. Most of the weekend crowds are found on the West side of the resort (park) and the east side is much less crowded. In fact, the mornings are relatively crowd free. I am a season pass holder, weekend warrior, who skis every Saturday and, almost, every Sunday all season. If you catch first chair, ski hard, and knock off at 1:00 you will thoroughly enjoy your day. If you are buying a day pass, you get an extra bonus. Knock off before 1:00 and get a $19.00 voucher good for your next day, no blackout dates, expires after 12 months. No, it's not Mammoth. But if you crave a day trip with dependable snow coverage, Summit is worth the drive.