Snow Valley Mountain Resort

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Snow Valley Mountain Resort
Snow Valley CA 2010 1.jpg
Snow Valley Mountain Resort is located in California
Snow Valley Mountain Resort
Snow Valley Mountain Resort
Location in California
Snow Valley Mountain Resort is located in the United States
Snow Valley Mountain Resort
Snow Valley Mountain Resort
Snow Valley Mountain Resort (the United States)
LocationRunning Springs
San Bernardino County, California
Nearest major cityRunning Springs, California
Coordinates34°13′24″N 117°02′15″W / 34.223375°N 117.037423°W / 34.223375; -117.037423Coordinates: 34°13′24″N 117°02′15″W / 34.223375°N 117.037423°W / 34.223375; -117.037423
Vertical1,041 ft (317 m)
Top elevation7,841 ft (2,390 m)
Base elevation6,800 ft (2,100 m)
Skiable area240 acres (97 ha)
Runs29 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 14% easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 45% More difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 31% Most difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg 10% Experts only[1]
Lift system13 lifts: 1 Six Person High Speed Detachable, 6 Double, 5 Triple, 1 conveyor
Lift capacitySix Person Detachable - 2,600 riders per hour
Terrain parksThe Edge, East Bowl
Snowfall150 inches (380 cm)[2]
Night skiingYes

Snow Valley Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in Running Springs, California, United States. It is the oldest continually operating ski resort in Southern California and is also one of four ski resorts in the San Bernardino National Forest.

Originally named "Fish Camp" for the pond located in the area, the site was developed into a roadside resort and lumber mill in the 1920s by the Swetkowich brothers. In the 1930s the slopes were developed for tobogganing and skiing by the Arrowhead Springs Corporation, which named the development Snow Valley.[3] The resort featured one of the first overhead cable ski lifts.[4] In 1940 the resort was purchased by Norwegian-American ski jump champion Johnny Elvrum, who expanded it.[3]

In 1974 W.R. Sauey became the owner of Snow Valley. His company the Nordic Group owns and operates Snow Valley. [5]

The resort operates under Special Use Permit from the United States Forest Service.[6]


The facilities include 12 Lifts: 1 six-passenger, high-speed chair; 5 double chairs, 5 triple chairs, 2 surface lifts/moving carpets.[7] The main lift, lift 1, dubbed "Snow valley express" travels 4,558 feet to Race Peak and can carry up to 6. Once at Race peak there are multiple runs down, most notably 'the edge' terrain park, upper/lower wine rock, and Mambo alley.[8]

The previous main lift of the resort is lift 1, which was 4,701 feet long. It had a mid station that is right next to a restaurant called "Dear Meadow Grille". When at the top, it leads to moderate, advanced, and expert runs. When lift 1 is busy, another lift that goes a little lower than lift 1 is called lift 2.[citation needed] It goes 3,688 feet, and unloads skiers at a little hill called Race Peak. From here, there is one intermediate run, and 4 advanced runs. Most of these advanced runs are closed at the beginning and end of the season due to a lack of natural snow.[citation needed]

Skier en route to Slide Peak in 1943, following the current chairlift route


  1. ^ "Snow Report - Snow Valley Trails". Snow Valley Mountain Resort. Retrieved 2010-12-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Southern California Ski Area Analysis." Archived 2005-02-12 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2010-12-16.
  3. ^ a b "The History of Running Springs". The Rim of the World Historical Society. Retrieved 11 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "The History of Skiing in Los Angeles, California". Pacific Rim Snow Sports Alliance. Retrieved 11 January 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "About Us". Snow Valley Mountain Resort. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  7. ^ "about snow valley - 1938". Snow-valley. Snow Valley LLC. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  8. ^ "trail map". Snow-Valley. SNOW VALLEY, LLC. Retrieved 2 February 2021.

External links[edit]

Snow Valley Website