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Year-round, Big Bear, California has an incredible range of fascinating attractions and exhilarating activities that visitors can enjoy. However, because of the town’s location the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest and the fact that it’s practically surrounded by mountain ranges, Big Bear has ideal conditions for snowboarding and skiing and is best known as the ultimate wintertime destination in Southern California. Read on for helpful tips on taking advantage of Big Bear snowboarding!

What Makes Big Bear Snowboarding the Ultimate SoCal Spot

First and foremost, Big Bear has the distinction of being one of the places where Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White spent his formative training years before going on to compete in the Olympics. Reportedly, his favorite training spots were located on Snow Summit’s Westridge freestyle run and Bear Mountain’s freestyle park.

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Snowboarding in Big Bear on either Bear Mountain and Snow Summit has the added benefit of single-ticket access for both ski resorts. With one ticket (or seasonal pass), you can snowboard on both mountains, which offer lessons and equipment rentals in addition to their vast array of features. Shred some powder over the course of about two thousand vertical feet, accessible by twenty-six chairlifts. These mountains are also well-known for their variety of park features, including funboxes, jumps, and rails.

Snowboarders will find that both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit have challenging terrain parks where they can hone their skills before testing out the runs that the mountains have to offer. Nicknamed “the Park” because of its dynamic terrain, Bear Mountain stands out in particular for having one of the only half-pipes built specifically for snowboarding and freestyle skiing—also called a superpipe—in all of Southern California.

Bear Mountain also has a wide range of runs for snowboarders of all skill levels, whether you’ve never touched a snowboard before or you’ve mastered expert techniques. Beginners will find that The Gulch and Easy Street ideally suited to them, while intermediate snowboarders will enjoy Boneyard, Gambler, and Upper Park Run. Snowboarders who have mastered advanced or expert-level techniques might want to challenge themselves on The Wedge, Outlaw, or Rip’s Run.

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Contact our office for further details on snowboarding in Big Bear and other exciting outdoor activities that Big Bear has in-store for you when you book your accommodations in one of the idyllic vacation rental properties available through Big Bear Vacations today!

Snowboarding in Big Bear

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.

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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.

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Snowboarding Lessons

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.

Snowboard Rentals

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.

Planning Your Stay

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.



To book this experience call: 844.GO2.BEAR

In order to snowboard, you’ll need the single-ticket access which is valid for both ski resorts (Big Bear Mountain and the Snow Summit). With one ticket (or seasonal pass), you can snowboard on both mountains, which offer lessons and equipment rentals in addition to their vast array of features.


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