Bear Valley opens today!

Bear Valley opens with limited terrain, but, it’s open!

For those of you following the openings of Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge Ski Resorts…, the closest skiing to Stockton and San Joaquin County:

This just in from Bear Valley:

Bear Valley Opening Day is Friday, November 25

Opening weekend includes Winterfest celebration

 Bear Valley, Calif. Bear Valley will kick off the 2016-17 winter season this Friday, November 25, thanks to snowmaking and a little help from Mother Nature. Cub Chair lift will start turning at 9 a.m. and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy an entire weekend of skiing, snowboarding and family activities.

The inaugural weekend kicks off with special pricing of $49 for adult and teen lift tickets.  The weekend will also feature Bear Valley’s annual Winterfest Celebration in Bear Valley Village, with fun activities for the entire family, bonfires, movies, great food and more. In addition, the Bear Valley Cross Country area opens on Friday, November 25 as well. Find more on cross country, snow shoeing and sledding options, and complete list of activities is available at  


A photo from last year, Bear's ski runs looking northwest from the Day Lodge.

This weekend, Bear Valley is planning to open Cub chair lift providing access to beginner terrain. Beginner lessons are available for ages 4 and up, both group and private lesson options.  Day Lodge services including food and beverage, rentals, retail, season pass services will open at 8:00 a.m. with lifts turning from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visit to book a lesson or for more information.

About Bear Valley Mountain & Bear Valley Village
Bear Valley Mountain and Village is the premier family mountain sports and lodging destination in the Central Sierra.  Located between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe on National Scenic Byway Highway 4, and surrounded by two of California’s largest federally designated wilderness areas, outdoor activities in Bear Valley are abundant. Bear Valley Resorts is known for its warm, welcoming staff, affordable ticket prices, a variety of terrain, and a commitment to providing the ultimate mountain experience.  The ski and board area offers 1,680 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks offering more than 18 features, and 1,900 vertical feet.  Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year.  Bear Valley Village is home to a variety of services, shops, restaurants and a wide range of accommodations.  Winters provide skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.  Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking, camping and a variety of cultural events make for a perfect summer of activities. Top the areas natural wonders and activities off with a Family Adventure Park, located in Bear Valley Village, featuring Bungee Trampoline, a Ropes Challenge Course, a 40’ Rock Climbing wall, Pump Bike Track and swimming pool all the “backyard” at the Bear Valley Lodge. More information is available at

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