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!
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.
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.
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!