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Bear Valley Ski Resort Alpine County, California


Bear Valley Ski Resort in Alpine County, California video above shows general manager Mark Phillips describes the ski resort operations as he stands out in the parking lot, surrounded by Sierra mountains.


This history of Bear Valley Ski Resort is quite a story as you may guess, seeing the photo of a young Clint Eastwood at Bear Valley. Some call it a story of the Hatfields and McCoys. It has taken several decades to organize the ski valley, ski slopes and assets into one company responsible for development of the region. In the video, Bear Valley Ski Resort manager Mark Phillips describes plans that will tie the gondolas to a village that you must drive to currently. Underground parking, approx. 600 condos and a complete Alpine village will go through the hoops in this small parcel of privately owned land surrounded by national parks and forests. Alpine County in Californiaa's western slope Sierra mountain range is over 90 percent government owned and operated.


Throughout the years Bear Valley skiing has hosted the famous, the celebrities and wealthy, as well as regularly people. At one time a quarter-million people would flock to the ski resort in an average season. Surrounded by four other ski resorts that are larger by land mass...Heavenly, Squaw, Mammoth and North Star, several of the other ski resorts have invested in their slopes, gondolas, and accommodations, a necessary ingredient to boosting the number of visitors. Bear Valley is poised, ready to invest in the the property, create lodgings and a tax base that will sustain it during the seasons, according to its general manager Mark Phillips. When it does, it will become one of the top four ski resorts in California by size alone.


Known for its sums of natural snowfall, the average is 359" (30 feet) annually, but often is much more. The summit is 8,500' elevation and lower mountain base 6,600'.  A vertical drop of 1900' makes for some exciting downhill sport with 67 trails to select or use of the open bowl in picking your path. There are 6 double chairs, 2 triple chairs, a carpet lift and a high-speed quad called Polar Express for accessing the mountain peaks. A  network of runs accessing the snowmaking coverage system is served by 9 lifts.


In addition to great snow skiing with 25% advance skier slopes, you'll find this is one of the most popular cross country ski resorts in the USA. Snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross country, plus sledding and snowmobiling are all enjoyed locally.