Big Bear Ski Resort in Southern California is one of the most popular ski destinations in the country, but should you go? Is it worth the money? Is it safe? Check out this comprehensive Big Bear Ski Resort review to find out more about what’s included, what’s not included, and more importantly if it’s worth the money or not.
What makes up a good ski resort?
Everything in a resort can make or break your vacation. Ski resorts are no different. Of course, you have to have good snow and a nice mountain, but it’s also important that there be a lot of family-friendly activities on the property (rather than just at ski camps) and great restaurants nearby. It’s also nice when your vacation home is within walking distance of grocery stores, shopping areas, and other things you’ll need for daily life. Ultimately though, it comes down to one thing: Are you having fun? The most perfect resort in the world won’t mean anything if you’re miserable while you’re there—no matter how good all those other factors are.
The Experience at Big Bear Ski Resort
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced snowboarder, there’s nothing like hitting fresh powder in Big Bear. The resort itself is made up of two separate ski hills (North and South) with a variety of runs at each. This can make it difficult to get around on your first few visits, but luckily they offer a complimentary shuttle that takes you from one hill to another. Snowboarding is generally more popular on North Ski Hill and beginners are likely to find less congestion there than on South Ski Hill. When it comes time for lunch, check out Spencer’s for affordable eats and killer views of North Ski Hill. Pro tip: go between 2 pm-4 pm when they have 50% off appetizers.
If you love snowboarding or skiing, then it’s possible that you’ve heard of Big Bear ski resort and Snow Summit. Known for their reasonably priced ski pass options, beginner-friendly slopes, and close proximity to Los Angeles, these mountains have quickly become a popular weekend getaway for skiers and snowboarders in Southern California. They have separate slopes for beginners, experts, and everyone in between; and are conveniently located about an hour from downtown LA. What’s more is that they offer affordable season passes ($425-$615), which could be ideal if you live in Southern California. So should you go? Let’s take a look at what they have going on at their mountain(s).
Price Comparison Region
So, how much does a ski pass cost for your trip to California? With a three-day lift ticket, you can expect to pay about $157. But if you’re planning on spending more than one day on slopes, that price jumps up significantly with a seven-day lift ticket costing $249. That being said, if you’re planning on visiting a nearby mountain resort like Lake Tahoe or Mammoth Mountain Ski Area then you can get away with paying less at around $195 for five days and $229 for seven days. It is also important to know that these prices only apply during January and February; prices jump up considerably during the holiday season, spring break, and special events so be sure to research ahead of time.
Is it worth it?
Ski Passes The question I hear most is: Is it worth it to buy a ski pass for Big Bear Mountain? Yes and no. On one hand, as of January 2016, it’s $50 for an all-day adult lift ticket (discounted online) or $95 for four days of skiing. If you only plan on hitting one mountain in Southern California, then yes; that’s a very good deal. But if you’re thinking about going to Snow Summit or Mt. Baldy, then probably not—just because those tickets are cheaper and your time is better spent visiting another resort. Another thing to keep in mind is that there’s no night skiing at Big Bear Mountain.