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At Big Bear Mountain Resorts we strive to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We’d like to introduce you to our most frequently asked questions and answers web page. We hope the links below will help you become more familiar with traveling in the mountains, how and where to purchase your lift ticket, what to expect from a snow sports lesson, dining options, rentals and even where to rest your head at night. If you would like further assistance, please contact our information specialists at 909-866-5766.
Whether you are a beginner, left your equipment at home or want to try something new, renting at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain is the fastest and easiest way to get on the snow. Our highly-trained staff will set you up with the right board or skis for your skiing or riding type and ability. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain rental shops and demo centers carry all the latest name-brand ski and snowboard rental equipment, as well as the latest high-performance gear for skiers and riders from Burton, Rossignol, Salomon, K2, Lib Tech and Arbor. For added convenience and piece of mind, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain provide FREE ski and board check areas and tool benches throughout the resorts. Click here for detailed rental information.
On peak weekends and holidays we strongly recommend you get an early start so the renting process goes smoothly. Late arrivals can encounter a line at the rental outlets. If you are renting on a Saturday or holiday, it’s best to arrive just before opening or even the afternoon before beginning at 2:00p.m. to secure your equipment.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts offers professional skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages from beginners through expert levels. A certified instructor guides you throughout the entire learning process, using a PSIA and AASI teaching techniques that focus on safety and individual attention. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer ski and snowboard learning programs as well as equipment rentals for guests beginning at 4 years old. Complete packages are also available and include, lift tickets and discounted rates on equipment rentals. Multiple day programs are available as well as all-day camps for children ages 4-7. Click here for a variety of money-saving lesson packages.
Bear Mountain offers a variety of food service outlets located throughout the resort. Whether you are looking for a drink at the Beach Bar, an outdoor BBQ, mexican food or a more health-conscious salad or pasta, we can get you fueled up and back on the mountain in no time. For more dining information click here.
Place your reservations today! We limit ticket sales in order to reduce lift lines, and keep runs and lodge areas comfortable. On peak weekends and holidays it is recommended that you reserve your tickets and/or lessons a few days in advance. If you are unable to use your tickets on the day of your reservation, your order will remain in our system until you are ready to use them, however a new reservation is still necessary (no additional charge). To purchase your lift tickets online go to bigbearmountainresorts.com. To purchase lift tickets and/or lessons by phone, please call 909-866-5841.
Snow Summit is conveniently located in the Big Bear Lake area of the San Bernardino Mountains. The address is 880 Summit Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.
3 Ways to Big Bear!
How many ways do you know to get to Big Bear? Most people are aware of HWY 330/18 “the front way” from San Bernardino through Running Springs and do not realize that there are a total of 3 ways into Big Bear. When all three routes are open, the “front way” is the fastest route into the valley, although during busy times it can become more congested. Hwy 38 from Redlands is a bit longer however; it is a great alternate route and will often save time when leaving the valley. Travelers coming from the High Desert area prefer HWY 18 “the back way”. This route is often less impacted during snowy weather.
1. Highway 330 via the I-210 through Running Springs
32.2 miles from CA-330n/City Creek Rd towards Mountain Resorts exit
This route is the most popular route used to access Big Bear Valley from Los Angeles or Riverside. This road has a moderate amount of mountain curves but is the shortest and easiest way to Big Bear. During busy holidays and weekends, however; traffic can be heavy and make your trip longer. Chains are usually required in stormy weather.
2. Highway 38 via the I-10 through Redlands
53.3 miles from the Orange St/CA-38 exit
This is the most used of the alternate routes and is usually the preferred route from San Diego and Orange County. While there are some sections with curves and turns they are generally only for a few miles followed by straight sections with beautiful scenery. In stormy weather chains will be required on this road first as it tops out at 8,400 feet as it enters the east end of Big Bear Valley. It will be the most congested on busy days, especially leaving Big Bear.
3. Highway 18 via I-15 through Victorville & Lucerne Valley
47 miles from the D Street exit
This route is mostly in the desert and is least affected by weather. It is generally the last route to require chains and has the least mountain driving. The 18 desert route is the longest route from the greater L.A./O.C./I.E./S.D. areas. In spite of its distance the route may be the best way to leave Big Bear in bad weather or to avoid congestion on the other routes.
Alternate: Highway 18 via the I-10/62/247 through Yucca Valley
82 miles from junction of the I-10 and EXIT 117 CA-62)
This alternate desert route from the Palm Springs area and points east of Palm Springs is least affected by weather and generally the last route to require chains. This option also requires the least amount of mountain driving. It is not affected by Hwy 330 closure.
Big Bear Mountain Resorts is located in the City of Big Bear Lake with several types of lodging within walking distance or a short drive to the resorts, including condominiums, cabins, private homes, hotels, etc. Snow Summit or Bear Mountain does not operate any lodging facilities; however, there are a number of lodging options within convenient walking distance of each resort base area. Big Bear Mountain Resorts works very closely with the Big Bear Lake Resort Association, with many members offering great savings through Lift and Lodging packages. For more lodging information, please contact 800-4-BIG-BEAR or visit their Web site at bigbear.com