During the winter, Big Bear turns into a snowboarder’s paradise. The mountains surrounding Big Bear Lake have two ski resorts with more than 40 runs and hundreds of acres of skiable terrain. The resorts are sister resorts, so a pass to one gets you access to both parks. Between the two parks are more than 2,000 vertical feet of runs accessible by 28 chairlifts.
Both ski resorts have a variety of terrain parks where snowboarders can hone their skills before heading out on the mountain’s runs. While both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are used by both snowboarders and skiers, Bear Mountain is more popular among snowboarders because of its vertical terrain. Bear Mountain also has a terrain park which is similar to a skate park. At the terrain park, snowboarders can test their skills on boxes, rails, tables, poles, walls, and jumps. The terrain park also has a mini pipe, a halfpipe, and Southern California’s only snow superpipe.
Beginner snowboarders should try the Easy Street or Hidden Valley runs. Once you’re more confident in your skills, you can try out the intermediate Accelerator or Boneyard runs. Advanced snowboarders may want to try the double black diamond Geronimo run which starts at the top of Bear Peak, or The Wedge, a double black diamond run that starts at the top of Silver Mountain.
If you would like to learn how to snowboard, Big Bear offers private and group snowboarding lessons. Lessons are available for anyone from age four to adults. The Skill Builder park on Bear Mountain is a great place to learn to snowboard. The Skill Builder park is similar to the terrain park but has smaller features. You can test out your snowboarding skills on smaller features that are low to the ground, including rails, boxes, and table tops.
Big Bear Mountain offers snowboard rentals at both of their resorts. You can rent everything you need, including a snowboard, boots, and snowboard bindings. Burton Learn to Ride equipment is also available at both resorts. This equipment is great for first-time snowboarders and includes a snowboard with slightly beveled edges for anti-fatigue.
If you are looking for accommodations in Big Bear, we offer several cabin rentals within walking distance to the bottom of the slope or just a short walk to a shuttle that will take you to the ski resorts. Contact us today and we will help you find the perfect rental.