The Tahoe Alternative - Bear Valley XC
Bear Valley Cross Country lies in the heart of the Central Sierra between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas and adjacent to three snow parks. You will enjoy some of the best cross country skiing, sledding, tubing and snowshoeing 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.
The snow just keeps coming and that allows us to get a few more trails open. The conditions for the Holidays will be fantastic with clear weather in the forecast after Fridays predicted snowfall. Lots of big grins on the faces of the skiers getting some great early season conditions.
The trail system is now open daily from 9am to 4:30pm (except Christmas Day - open 9am to 2:30pm). The Meadow Cafe' is open daily except for Christmas Day.
The store is filled with new winter clothing, accessories and ski gear. Come up and do some holiday shopping in Bear Valley and get a ski in as well!
Paul's Pointers: "Getting Started"
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