4. Bear Mountain, California

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Zak Hale. Bear Mountain, California. PHOTO: CHRIS WELLHAUSEN

 

Average Snowfall: 100”

Elevation: 8,805’

Vertical Drop: 1,665’

Number of Lifts: 9

Hub: Los Angeles, California

Website: bearmountain.com

 

Bear is a park rat’s dream. Just ask Chris Bradshaw. “Pretty much the whole mountain is a park,” he says. “Everybody’s all about having a good time—rain or shine you can find the locs shredding hard every day.” Thanks to a killer park crew, you can enjoy top-to-bottom jib lines and manicured kickers throughout Park Run. And for street-inspired features, drop into the Red Bull Plaza. But there’s more than just park. For natural banks and trannies, explore Geronimo Gulch, Bradshaw suggests. If you can’t make it up midweek, Bear can be crowded on the weekends, but things usually quiet down by 1:00 p.m. After shredding, wind down at Murray’s with a pitcher of PBR, then keep the fiesta going with some Mexican food at Sonora Cantina.