Big Bear Mountain Resorts Gets More Than Three Feet Of Snow

Big Bear Lake, California—The cold storm everyone was hoping for this season finally came and brought much more snow than expected — over three feet — to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. The snowstorm brought so much dry, fluffy powder that both resorts are now 100 percent open with access to more than 40 runs.

“This snowstorm is amazing, as it’s brought much more snow than expected and, to top it off, it’s the lightest, driest powder you could ask for, expressed Brent Tregaskis, General Manager for Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR). “With this storm the resorts have been able to open more terrain, such as Geronimo run, and extend the life of Bear Mountain’s superpipe to the rest of the season, added Tregaskis.

Skiers and snowboarders eagerly waited at Chair 8 for the opening of Geronimo run at Bear Mountain, offering the highest, steepest and most advanced lift-accessed terrain in Southern California. With the assistance of snowmaking and Mother Nature, Geronimo has a three-foot base with excellent packed powder conditions.

Not since the epic El Niño of 1995/1996 has a storm produced such quality snow in a short amount of time as this recent storm. From 10 p.m. Tuesday night until 5 a.m. Sunday morning, there was nonstop snowfall, and snow continued steadily through most of Sunday day and night. This storm brought more snow to BBMR than the entire base depth of Mountain High, which only received 15 to 23 inches and has a 12- to 36-inch base.

Currently at BBMR, all runs are now open with 26 out of 26 lifts operating as needed providing access to more than 40 runs for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Come up to take advantage of the best conditions of the season with a powder to packed powder snow surface. Additionally, there are more than 130 terrain features in The Park and Bear Mountain, and almost 70 features in the parks at Snow Summit. One lift ticket gives you access to more open terrain and more lifts operating than any other Southern California resort. Come experience two distinct resorts with a free shuttle running between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain every half-hour.

Current weather and snowmaking conditions are available by calling 800-BEAR-MTN or by visiting

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