Bear Mountain has been uniquely developed to gear the experience of snowboarding for all ages. The mountain team has taken great pride in creating special areas for all levels of snowboarders from beginners to advanced. Knowing where to go when you get to Big Bear Mountain means your vacation will be first rate and you can get right into the groove of what happens on the mountain.
For the young kids who are just starting out, the Burton Riglet Park is the place to learn your groove. Designed for ages 3-6 to ride miniature terrain park features. The Riglet Park is all about learning to ride safely, in a fun atmosphere designed with Burton “learn to ride” tech to simulate a playground, something the new young riders are already familiar with. The kids learn the safety rules of snowboarding, balance and easy jumps and jibs and different kind of ground features.
For the initiated, the snowboard terrain park team has created a set of runs inspired by urban skateboarders and change it up regularly depending on the level and quality of snow. “Keepin’ it Fresh” is what it is about and you will find this oasis of jibs, jumps, boxes, rails and pipes very well managed and groomed… all 200 acres. All the terrain at Bear Mountain that’s 100% has snowmaking and it is used when needed. The mountain makes 3 - 5 feet each year.
The parks are wild. The in-ground Super Pipe is 580 feet long with 18 foot high walls and a width of 77 feet. Major athletes are training on this pipe and it is what has become the Bear Mountain signature super Pipe. The smaller in ground standard half pipe is 400 feet long, 12 feet high and has a width of 55 feet. Around the various parks which are spread out 198 acres, there are multi skill-level challenges with jumps, hips, step-downs, spines, rolls, s-turns, quarter-pipes, boxes and some really outrageous custom creations.
The Bear Mountain experience is contagious. Sitting at “The Scene” and having a cold beer or a warm drink at the Beach Bar is cool as is being able to watch newbies and pros hone their skills on the nearby jumps. The Scene is out front of the sundeck. Have a drink, grab a bite and then go give the new features a try as the terrain in front of The Scene typically introduces the new signature items before they go onto the Mountain.
For the skiers in the group, especially those on twin tips who get the best of both worlds, it is all about the terrain and the grooming. The team of snow cat drivers push the snow where it is needed so every day is a great day. After a good period of snowmaking the crew is out pushing it around, and sometimes they leave some piles around that are as big as a small bus. The crew calls these the “whales”, and they are a lot of fun to jump over, if the cat didn’t get to it first. The craft of snowmaking has become such an art, that the majority of riders and skiers can’t even tell where the fake snow got mixed with real snow. Why? Because the snow cats pulverize it making a nice soft surface which is perfect for both skiers and riders.
This is the lay of the land at Bear Mountain. No wonder Californian’s come here all winter and spring for the best snow, best features and max terrain. Hey, it’s just 2.5 hours away from Los Angeles. What are you doing this weekend?