Cross Country Skiing
Nature... Family... Fitness
Bear Valley Cross Country lies in the heart of the Central Sierra between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas. You will enjoy some of the best cross country skiing on an extensive trail system of over 3,000 acres. Amenities include 38 trails carefully groomed for both track and skate skiing, and snowshoeing, the trailside Meadow Cafe, a complete rental, demo and retail facility, 4 trailside huts, picnic tables, park benches, two kids' ski trails, a waxing hut, groomed downhill practice area and a sledding/tubing facility. The elevation of 7,000 to 7,800 feet guarantees first to open (usually mid November) and last to close (usually mid April) status amoung Sierra cross country centers. Trails are open from 9am to 4:30pm daily.
Bear Valley Village offers a variety of lodging options, all walking or skiing distance from the cross country ski trails. From ski in, ski out cabin rentals, to family friendly condos and a classic ski lodge, you will find a nice place to stay. Bear Valley is a short drive from the Bay Area. With no stop lights for over 35 miles and little traffic and no avalanche areas, all-weather Highway 4 (now a National Scenic Byway) is an easy driving route to your next winter recreation adventure. Nearby Bear Valley Mountain, one of California's finest mid-sized snow sport destinations, has all the amenities you come to expect at a modern area including 9 lifts and nearly 2,000 vertical feet of super scenic runs.
Bear Valley Cross Country ski center converts to the Bear Valley Adventure Company in the summer with bike rentals, sales and repair, flatwater kayak school and rentals, a variety of special events and races and is your connection to all of Bear Valley's summer adventures.
Tentative Opening Date for Bear Valley Cross Country's Trail System has been moved to Saturday, December 6th (snow conditions permitting).
At this time, it looks like we will be unable to open for cross country skiing on the trail system for Thanksgiving weekend. As of this morning, the weather forecast for this weekend is snowfall starting on Friday evening into Wednesday. Hopefully, that will allow us to get the trail system open for the following weekend (Dec. 6 & 7)!
However, there are lots of activities planned in Bear Valley for Thanksgiving weekend! Try out one of the new Fat Bikes. On Friday evening, the ski movie "Pretty Faces" is being shown at BV Lodge at 7pm, Bring two cans of food, $20 and you get a free lift ticket. On Saturday, 11/29, the Mountain is still hopefull that they can get Cub Chair open for skiing and riding. They will also be hosting the Polar Dash, and will be running the Kuma lift from 9am to 1pm with hiking down. The Mountain will also be offering Tubing ($10 for 1 hour from 9am to 1pm). The other scheduled activities for Saturday include: Open House at various businesses on Saturday during the day (stop by and pick up a free raffle ticket for the Saturday evening raffle); at the BV Lodge - Ullr Bonfire & Libations, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie, Fashion Show by Reba Sports and Live Music all on Saturday evening...and of course a raffle!
Whew, thats a lot! Bear Valley is a super fun place over Thanksgiving weekend even if the XC trails aren't open. We hope to see you soon and if we don't, we wish you a fun and safe Holiday.
Note: Wine Tasting in the Meadow event is Sold Out (please join us for next year's annual event).
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Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
P.O. Box 5120 • #1 Bear Valley Road
Bear Valley • CA • 95223
Phone: 209-753-2834 • Fax: 209-753-2669