2009 Resort Poll: Top 10 Parks

2. Bear Mountain, California

Creativity defines the park at Bear-Keegan Valaika jams that pole to tranny. Photo: Scott Serfas

The San Bernardino Mountains don’t see a lot of natural snow, but that’s never kept Bear from keeping their all-mountain terrain park in peak form. The reason: snowmaking. Their upgraded snowmaking system is now putting more snow exactly where they want it. Every one on the park crew is a rider—on the hill regularly, a fact that Park Manager Clayton Shoemaker says is “the key to Bear’s success.” With 163 jibs, two dedicated park cats, and a full-time night rail crew constantly reconfiguring the park and jib lines, there is always something fresh to hit, jib, slide, or slash at Bear Mountain.