The Tahoe Alternative - Bear Valley XC
CANCELLED - March 7-8 - 42nd Bjornloppet Race
Please join us for Tom's 10K Classic XC Ski Race on Saturday, April 4th!
(Download Tom's Race Entry Form)
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.
Ten inches of new snow as of Saturday a.m. and it is still snowing. We hope to have a small selection of cross country ski trails groomed for today -- will know more in a few hours. Give us a call for the most updated conditions 209-753-2834.
We had to make the tough decision to cancel the 42nd Annual Bjornloppet Ski Race & Festival (for the first time ever) due to low snow conditions. While this storm should help us get our meadow trails open for xc skiing again, it is not expected to bring us enough snowfall to make our upper trails race-ready. Join us next March for our 42nd Annual Bjornloppet - and join us for Tom's 10K Classic on Sat. April 4, 2015!
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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