Bear Mountain (ski area)

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Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain Ski Resort, Big Bear Lake, CA
Bear Mountain Ski Resort, Big Bear Lake, CA
Location Bear Mountain
San Bernardino National Forest
Nearest city Big Bear Lake, California
Coordinates 34°13′36″N 116°51′37″W / 34.2267°N 116.8602°W / 34.2267; -116.8602Coordinates: 34°13′36″N 116°51′37″W / 34.2267°N 116.8602°W / 34.2267; -116.8602
Vertical 1,665 ft (507 m)
Top elevation 8,805 ft (2,684 m)
Base elevation 7,140 ft (2,180 m)
Skiable area 748 acres (303 ha)[1]
Runs 24 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 15% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 15% low intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 40% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 30% advanced[1]
Longest run Geronimo 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Lift system 12 lifts: 3 quad chairlifts, 2 triple chairs, 4 double chairs, 3 surface lifts
Lift capacity 16,590 skiers/hr
Snowfall 100 in (250 cm)
Snowmaking 100%
Night skiing None

Bear Mountain, formerly Goldmine Mountain, is a ski area in Southern California. It is the sister resort of Snow Summit, together known as Big Bear Mountain Resorts. In 2002 Bear Mountain was purchased by Snow Summit, and the two resorts are now accessible with a single lift ticket. Snow Summit management led by Richard "Dick" Kun felt that establishing a snowboard-centric area at Bear Mountain would move the majority of snowboarders away from Snow Summit, freeing the latter to become a more family friendly mountain. Bear Mountain is also known as "The Park" because most of the runs contain terrain features. The mountain is home to the only Superpipe in Southern California. Unlike Snow Summit, if there is enough natural snow, the tree runs are open for skiing and snowboarding. Even the "out of bounds" territory off of Chair 8 has been opened after a big snow storm. Bear Mountain was frequented by Olympic Gold Medalist Shaun White while he was very young, although White spent the majority of his time on the Snow Summit Westridge freestyle run. Bear mountain has contributed to the progression of freestyle snowboarding and skiing with the establishment of the first freestyle park in the early 1990s. In the early 2000s Bear Mountain received attention from Transworld Snowboarding Magazine and was rated in the Top 10 Parks. The movement of jibing continues to grow with the addition of the Red Bull Plaza and weekly film series called “Sunday in the Park”.

Bear Mountain consists of three main peaks: Bear Peak, Silver Mountain, and Goldmine Mountain. At 8,805 ft (2,684 m), Bear Peak is Southern California's highest lift-served peak. Bear Mountain relies heavily on snowmaking like most Southern California ski resorts.

Bear Mountain trails[edit]

Beginner Intermediate Difficult Expert
Learning Curve Acceleration Exhibition Geronimo
Easy Street Ripcord Rip's Run The Wedge (moguls)
Amusement Park Upper Park Run Outlaw Showtime
The Gulch Silver Connection
Hidden Valley
Central Park
Outlaw's Alley
Street Scene
The Park Run


  1. ^ a b "Mountain Facts". Bear Mountain Official Website. Retrieved on 2012-04-23.

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