Close

Member Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member? sign-up now!

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.

PRINT DIGITAL

Essentials: Bear Valley

Essentials: Bear Valley

Features
By the SKI Magazine Editors
posted: 12/15/2001

Getting There Bear Valley is located in the Northern California Sierra Nevada on Highway 4, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, 180 miles from San Francisco. From the Bay Area, take 580 East to 205 East to 120 East. Exit onto 99 North toward Stockton. Then take Highway 4 East through Angels Camp, and follow signs to Bear Valley.
Vital Stats Summit elevation: 8,495 feet. Vertical drop: 1,900 feet. Skiable acres: 1,280 acres, plus 500 acres of soft-boundary "adventure" terrain. Lifts: Two triple chairs, seven double chairs and two surface lifts. Annual snowfall: 360 inches.
Lift Tickets Adult, $40; young adult (13-23), $35; children (7-12), $13; kids (6 and under), free; seniors, $5 for ages 65-74, free for ages 75 and over; interchangeable parent, $46.
Lodging There is no slopeside lodging. The closest lodges are BaseCamp (209-753-6556), Bear Valley Lodge (209-753-2327), and Tamarack Pines Inn (209-753-2080) or Tamarack Lodge at Bear Valley (209-753-2090). If traveling without children, try the Dorrington Hotel (209-795-5800). For assistance in finding lodging in the surrounding area, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau (800-225-3764 or www.visitcalaveras.org). For cabin or condo rentals, call Bear Valley Real Estate (209-753-2334) or Prudential California Realty (209-753-6400).
Child Care Bear Care, for ages 2 and up, is available on weekends and holidays for $45 all-day and $30 half-day. Skiing Bears Ski School is offered for ages 4-8 at $80 for all-day and $55 for half-day (209-753-2301 ext. 106).
A Good Deal Bear Valley offers 2-for-1 lift tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There is also a 2-for-1 Intro package available on nonholiday Wednesdays and Thursdays, including a lift ticket, a two-hour lesson and gear rentals.
Diversions Bear Valley Cross-Country (209-753-2834) has 3,000 acres of trails, a kids sledding hill and snowshoeing. For a break from the snow, venture into the Calaveras Wine Country, featuring 11 wineries. Contact the Calaveras Wine Association (800-225-3764 ext. 25 or www.calaveraswines.org).
Contact Bear Valley Mountain Resort: 209-753-2301, dial ext. 2 for snow report; fun@bearvalley.com; www.bearvalley.com.

reviews of Essentials: Bear Valley
The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • No HTML tags allowed

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
All submitted comments are subject to the license terms set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use
Google+