As a resident of Southern California, I love the close proximity of some great ski resorts. It really is possible to leave the house at 6 a.m., be on the slopes by 8 a.m., finish around 1 p.m., and be back home by 3 p.m. to get some work done.

 

My favorite local ski resort is Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake, California.

 

About Bear Mountain

The resort operates under a permit on National Forest Service land in the San Bernadino Mountains. The area is 748 acres of land with 12 total lifts, including two high-speed quad chairs. The top elevation is 8,805 feet with a base elevation of 7,140 feet. There are 17 miles of ride-able terrain, including one run that’s 1 1/2 miles long. There are extensive snow-making capabilities but the Southern California weather usually keeps a good base of natural snow. I’ve also always found the resort well-groomed, even during rainy or icy conditions.

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