Ticket Price $39 regular season (Advance ticket reservations recommended for weekends and holidays. Call 909-866-5841 or buy them online at www.snowsummit.com.)
Skiable Terrain 230 acres
Number of Lifts 12
Base Elevation 7,000 feet
Summit Elevation 8,200 feet
Vertical Drop 1,200 feet
Annual Snowfall 75 inches
When To Go January and February
Length of Season Mid-November to mid-April
Getting There From L.A., take I-10 East to San Bernardino; exit on Highway 30 North. Follow 30 as it turns into Highway 330 East and winds into the mountains, through Running Springs, then turns into Highway 18. Turn right at the dam capping the end of Big Bear Lake and follow Route 18 through the village of Big Bear Lake, where it turns into Big Bear Boulevard. Take the boulevard past "fast-food row" to the light at Summit Boulevard. Turn right and drive two blocks to Snow Summit.
Closest Lodging About 15,000 beds are available for overnight visitors in Big Bear Lake. Northwoods Resort & Conference Center (800-866-3121) is a full-service hotel with outdoor pool/spa. Forest Shores Inn (800-317-9814) is located lakeside and gets three stars from AAA.
Best Eats Iron Squirrel (909-866-9121) serves French-flavored upscale continental cuisine; reservations recommended. Sushi Ichiban (909-866-6413) is great. BLT's (909-866-6659) makes great sandwiches to go. At the mountain, check out the cheap tacos at the Bear Bottom Lodge.
Best Drinks Mozart's upstairs bar rocks on weekends; locals hit Murray's when they're in the mood for karaoke.
Après-Ski First-run movies show daily at the Village Theater. Locals dig the Bowling Barn.
Java Joints Pine Knot Coffee House (909-866-3537) makes a mean latté and is hip for hanging out.
Locals' Tip Try Madlon's (909-585-3762) on weekend mornings for the best breakfast in town.