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Ski Experience - Big Bear

The mountains of California are every bit as beautiful and dramatic as the ocean, desert, and farmlands that make up the state. The Sierra Mountain Range effectively splits the state in half, and the mountains run through the entire state, from the Oregon border down into Mexico. What makes these Southern California mountains so amazing is the opportunity to cruise down in shorts and a t-shirt towards the end of the season, or be on the beach for breakfast and on the snowy slopes by mid-day during the winter months.

Ski Levels

Let's face it, California just about invented all things board—and snowboarding is no exception. Big Bear’s freestyle park is the number one park in the nation with over 150 jumps, more than 80 jibs, Southern California’s only superpipe, one standard halfpipe, and plenty of exclusive designs that are constantly being updated, improved and changed. The parks eagerly welcome freestyle skiers too!

SoCal contains the Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead area, including Bear Mountain, Snow Valley, and Snow Summit, and they are all just a couple hours outside of downtown L.A. One might expect the close proximity to all that sun and sea would limit the potential for great snow and conditions, but it’s just not the case. These mountains are every bit as serious as the sets of slopes found in Northern California. That isn't to say that there aren't beginner's slopes. Of course, beginner and intermediate slopes make up the majority of the terrain, but the avid black diamond skier will be just as happy.

The Ski Patrol is top notch. These professionals are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well being of the mountain's visitors. The instructors are likewise certified skiing and snowboarding professionals. The base lodge has equipment rentals as well as a full-service repair shop, and there are plenty of rentals and demos available at off-mountain locations as well. Californians (and their guests) really get into skiing, and the high standard of quality of the facilities, trails, and staff add to the natural beauty.

Après Ski

When it comes to nightlife, very little compares to Southern California, which may just be the entertainment capital of the world. It houses incomparable live music, exquisite theatre and there is always something to do. The area regularly hosts contests, competitions, as well as live music and other fun events during the ski season. There are several bars and lounges in the area to explore and with so many options, guests will be able to do something unique every night of their vacation.

Towards the end of the season, you may find yourself skiing in shorts and a t-shirt during the early afternoon, but you should still dress for the mountains and skiing. Warm, dry clothing in layers is strongly advised. Beyond that, most everything can readily be had thanks to the fabulous amenities offered here. The most important thing to bring on a Southern California ski or snowboarding vacation is enthusiasm and energy, because with so much to do, you’ll need it