BEAR VALLEY CROSS COUNTRY
Live Well - Ski Often
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Bear Valley lies in the heart of the Central Sierra between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas. You will enjoy an extensive trail system of over 3,000 acres. Amenities include 35 trails carefully groomed for 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. Trails are open from 9am to 4:30pm daily. 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.
Bear Valley Village offers a variety of lodging options, all walking or skiing distance from the 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.
The Cross Country 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.Visit the Events page for more information.
We are busy "flipping" the shop from bike to ski. Don't worry - you can still get your bike worked on for awhile. The new skis, boots and poles (as well as new clothing items) are looking good and we will be ready to outfit your needs in the next few days. I got a chance to get out and ski two of the new trails Tuesday afternoon. There is about eight inches on the ground and now it is cold - like 18 degrees as of 6:30 Wednesday morning. We hope to open on Thanksgiving weekend for the snow activities. You can look forward to new and improved trails, new snow cats, a new backcountry snopark, an Olympic year, etc. We are the alternative to the crowds of Tahoe and Yosemite so please come see us soon and enjoy all this magnificent area has to offer.