Snow Valley

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Snow Valley for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 



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Los Angeles International Airport



Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Cathy's Country Cottages 


Cozy economical rooms some with a fireplace and jacuzzi. 


Extra person charges may apply 

$47 and up 


Lake Arrowhead Chalets 


Offer guest rooms and condominiums with a seasonal pool, sauna and game room. 

Extra person charges may apply 

$160 and up 

Lake Arrowhead Resort


Luxurious hotel offering guest rooms and suites with a heated pool and outdoor Jacuzzis.  The resort has restaurants and a spa on site. 

Extra person charges may apply  

$99 and up 





Chalet Restaurant


Patio BBQ


Deer Meadow Grille


WR'S Smokehouse


Pine Room



This is the best deal around! You get a free lift ticket on your 2nd, 4th, and 6th visits and 50% off the rest of the season with no blackout dates or restricitons!
The card costs $15.00 - $25.00 depending on if you hit a deal or not..  If you ski SV twice, you are ahead of the game.  It also provides discounts and specials at other resorts including Mountain High, Baldy, Mammoth, Squaw, Brian Head, and Whitefish.




2013 - 2014 Rental Equipment Rates

2013 - 2014 Lesson Rates




Snow Valley

Snow Valley is located in Running Springs, CA. It opened in 1924 and boasts that it is the oldest continually operating ski resort in Southern California. TERRAIN PARKS The EDGE™ is Snow Valley's premier terrain park with features for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Additionally, the Hideout Jib Park features an assortment of rails and boxes and the Rim Progression Park offers smaller features, perfect for learning on. BACKSIDE & BACKCOUNTRY Slide Peak is the crown jewel of Snow Valley. When natural snow is abundant, Slide Peak comes to life, offering the best backcountry experience of any Southern California resort. In addition, there is much more backcountry terrain to be explored that you can't see from the base of the resort along Lifts 8 & 9. Margarita Beach and our newest food venue, Outpost 8, will provide food and drink refreshments in the backcountry this season. LIFT SERVICED SNOW PLAY We make your Snow Play experience as enjoyable as possible by providing the sleds, and making snow to offer a consistent Snow Play season. Accessories such as snow boots, gloves and waterproof pants are reasonably priced and available in our Sport Shop. Located adjacent to the base area sun deck, watch your friends/family take part in the Snow Play adventure while enjoying some food or a drink. NIGHT SKIING Enjoy an evening under the lights, skiing or snowboarding many of your favorite trails on the frontside of the mountain, including The EDGE, Mambo Alley, Eagle Flats & more! Because Snow Valley is so close to the base of the mountains, you can make a quick getaway after school or work, spend a few hours skiing or snowboarding and still get home early! For those on a budget, night sessions also save you a bunch of money over regular priced all day lift tickets. Unique to Snow Valley is the Afternoon/Evening ticket available from 12 to 8pm whenever night sessions are offered.

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Pros: Plenty of parking, no lift lines or crowds, budget options, lift serviced snow play for the little guys, separate progression area, huge viewing deck

Cons: inadequate snowmaking, shorter season, smallest Big Bear Resort, really short season on the backside

Snow Valley is located in Running Springs, CA.  As you come up the front side of the mountain, it is the first of the Big Bear Ski Resorts.  For those staying in Lake Arrowhead, Crestline, and Arrowbear it is the closest ski area.


I taught my son and his friends to ski at Snow Valley and, for the family with young or varied aged children, there is no better option.  We skied there for a number of seasons. They have a huge parking lot so no shuttles and a short walk to the lifts!  Lift lines are practically non-existent; on Presidents' Weekend, we experienced our longest wait ever -  10 minutes at the base.  The runs are wide and the terrain is moderate.  This is an excellent choice for families with young or varied age children.  Unlike other resorts, SV is split into four distinct areas.  There is a lift serviced "snow play" area which is great fun for the parent who has to wait at the lodge with the ones who are too little to ski.  In other words, you don't have to just sit and wait your turn!  For the "never-evers," there is the bunny slope and/or lessons with great instructors.  However, SV's best feature is their "progression" area.  This involves three short runs - 2 greens (usually only one is open), 1 blue, and a beginner park with easy terrain features, separately lift serviced. Rather than take the little ones all the way to the "top" after they have mastered the bunny run, there is a more accessible option.  The best thing for grand parents, who came to watch, is that they can see the snow play, the progression area, and the bunny slope all from the massive outdoor deck and enjoy a beer at the same time.  SV does have a more advanced terrain park with a varying number of park features depending on the snow levels.  I'm not a park skier but I sure do enjoy watching the tricks as I ride the chair above The Edge.  


For the more advanced skier, this is not the mountain for you.  There is limited terrain or variety and the front side "steeps" well ... aren't!  When it's a good snow year and SV gets the backside open though, it's really fun.  Slide peak does have some really enjoyable steeper terrain, glade skiing, and off piste between the front side and the backside, albeit short and small.  Always, the vibe is great: the sliders are friendly and the staff welcoming.


At this point, with an advanced 16 year old son, it is no longer my first choice in Big Bear, but it was for a number of years.


Early bird season passes are $229.00 for adults with no blackout dates.  A "snow jam" preferred card ($15.00) will get you one free lift ticket and half prices lift tickets all season with no blackout dates. For the family on a budget, you can't beat this.

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