Snow Summit

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Snow Summit
A Satellite View of Snow Summit Ski Resort, March 2008
A Satellite View of Snow Summit Ski Resort, March 2008
Snow Summit is located in California
Snow Summit
Snow Summit
Location in California
Snow Summit is located in the United States
Snow Summit
Snow Summit
Snow Summit (the United States)
LocationSnow Summit
Nearest major cityBig Bear Lake, California
Coordinates34°13′43″N 116°53′28″W / 34.2286°N 116.8911°W / 34.2286; -116.8911Coordinates: 34°13′43″N 116°53′28″W / 34.2286°N 116.8911°W / 34.2286; -116.8911
Vertical1,209 ft (369 m)
Top elevation8,174 ft (2,491 m)
Base elevation6,965 ft (2,123 m)
Skiable area240 acres (97 ha)[1]
Runs31 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 10% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 25% low intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 40% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 25% advanced[1]
Longest run1.25 mi (2.01 km) (Westridge)
Lift system14 lifts
Lift capacity18,550 passengers/hr
Snowfall100 in (250 cm)
Snowmaking100% of developed terrain, 240 Acres
Night skiingYes

Snow Summit is a ski resort that was established in 1952 and is in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California.[2] It is located by Big Bear Lake along with its sister resort Bear Mountain; these two resorts which operate under the same management are collectively known as Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR).[3]

Snow Summit is one of the larger ski areas in Southern California, and is considered to be one of the most popular ski and snowboard destinations for patrons from around the Los Angeles area.[4] Snow Summit is a mid-sized resort, with a 1,209 ft (369 m) topographic vertical drop,[5] and 240 acres (97 ha) of skiable terrain, partially covered by snowmaking.

In 2014, Mammoth Mountain purchased Bear Mountain and Snow Summit for $38 million. [6] In 2017, Mammoth Resorts announced its sale by Starwood to a partnership of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners, known as Alterra Mountain Company.[7]

Bear Mountain relationship[edit]

For decades, Snow Summit and Goldmine Mountain operated independently of one another, less than two miles apart. In 1988, S.K.I., a major ski area operator, bought Goldmine, changed its name to Bear Mountain, and invested millions of dollars in improvements that enhanced its competitive position against Snow Summit.[8] In 2002, Snow Summit purchased Bear Mountain, and the two became one company.

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are marketed as areas constituent to Big Bear Mountain Resorts. A lift ticket from either area is honored at the other, and a free bus service between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain shuttles patrons back and forth between the two for that purpose.[9]

In 2014, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain resorts were purchased by the owners of the Mammoth Mountain ski resort.[10]


Snow Summit's extensive, multimillion-dollar snowmaking system draws water from Big Bear Lake to cover all of the resort’s marked terrain with skiable artificial snow — if ambient temperature and humidity are amenable — throughout its winter operating season .[11]

Snow Summit trails[edit]

Beginner Intermediate Difficult Expert
Skyline Creek Miracle Mile Ego Trip Park The Wall
Sundown Pipe Dream Dicky's Olympic
Summit Run Westridge Freestyle Park Tommi's Side Chute
Cruiser East Why Off Chute
Last Chance Zzyzx Park Log Chute
Miracle Mile
Timber Ridge
Log Chute
Perfect Pitches
Side Show
Sugar Pine


  1. ^ a b "Mountain Statistics". Snow Summit Official Website. Retrieved on 2013-01-16.
  2. ^ "Area History - Winter Sports". Big Bear Valley History. Big Bear Valley Historical Society. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  3. ^ Public Relations (2009). "Bear Mountain Press Kit (2009-2010)" (.PDF). Big Bear Mountain Resorts. Retrieved 29 December 2010. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Snow Summit Ski Area". Destination 360. 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Comparison of Midsized Ski Resorts in US/Canada by True-Up Vertical Descent (Page 2 of 3)". Mountain Vertical. 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Mammoth Buys Bear Mountain". On the Snow. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  7. ^ Martin, Hugo. "Mammoth Resorts is being sold to a Colorado ski partnership – LA Times". Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  8. ^ "Snow Summit History, 1952-Present". Snow Summit. 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Snow Summit and Bear Mountain". Big Bear Mountain Resorts. 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Mammoth Mountain owner buys Bear Mountain and Snow Summit". Los Angeles Times. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Snowmaking & Grooming". Snow Summit. 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.

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