Winter Activity Guide

A stay with us puts you in direct contact to unmitigated outdoor fun. Winter or summer, Bear Valley offers a Sierra playground to bring out the kid in everyone.


Downhill skiing + snowboarding // Say goodbye to lift lines. Bear Valley Mountain is California’s 7th largest and most centrally located mountain resort. With a summit of 8500 feet, the resort provides some of the lightest and deepest snow conditions in all of California, with terrain for the first-timer and seasoned shredder alike. Stats: 1680 ski-able acres // 1900 foot vertical descent // 75 trails // unlimited fun

Cross-country skiing // Bear Valley Cross Country offers one of the largest groomed trail systems in the country. Elevations between 7,000 and 7,800 feet guarantees first to open and last to close status among Sierra cross country centers. Amenities include 35 trails carefully groomed for track and skate skiing and snowshoeing, the trailside Meadow Cafe, a complete rental, demo and retail facility, four trailside huts, two kids’ ski trails and a groomed downhill practice area.

Snowmobiling // Bear Valley boasts the most incredible snowmobiling area in the entire state. Highway 4 closes to vehicle traffic just past Bear Valley Village and Mountain, and opens (with routine snow-cat grooming) to recreation that includes 26+ miles of groomed snowmobiling terrain along the crest of the Sierra. For those with their own sleds, a Sno-Park pass allows access to this terrain, along with the groomed snow road at Spicer Recreation Area. Through two local outfitters, Bear Valley Snowmobile and Alpine Snowmobile Center, members of the public can rent snowmobiles to use in the snowbound Bear Valley Subdivision and at Lake Alpine Recreation Area.

Sledding + Tubing // Bear Valley Adventure Co. maintains groomed hills for sledding and tubing, respectively. Using their hills requires that you rent their sledding devices…. a small price to pay for the ease of their groomed walking path and slope! For those who want to forge their own path, visit the Sno-Park areas to access National Forest lands and find your own sledding hill. A pass is required to park at Sno-Park areas which may be purchased at Bear Valley Cross Country.

Sno-Parks // The sno-parks program is coordinated and administered by California State Parks in conjunction with the US Forest Service and other agencies. Parking areas are cleared and maintained for access to snow play and recreation areas. Our immediate surroundings offers two of these areas: Lake Alpine and Spicer. A Sno-Park pass is required to park.

Snowshoeing // Walk in the footsteps of Snowshoe Thompson, one of the forefathers of California skiing. Bring your own or rent snowshoes at BVXC where a trail pass allows you access to their stunning groomed trail system. Visit area sno-parks to traverse snow-cat groomed “snow roads” in the spectacular Spicer and Lake Alpine Recreation areas.