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Homegrown Bear Valley ski is a real treat
The center of the skiing universe in California could be in the Lake Tahoe area or perhaps the big-time ski resort at Mammoth Mountain, but skiers and snowboarders looking for slopes a little more on the quiet side will find more than they imagined at Bear Valley.

While not on a par with Squaw Valley or Heavenly or other major California ski resorts, the Bear Valley ski area is still a prime candidate for a weekend or even an extended skiing vacation. As we discovered in early February, Bear Valley offers a surprisingly complete ski vacation experience —no frills, to be sure, but still rewarding and well worth the trip deep into the Sierra Nevada range.

If designer clothing stores, zillion-dollar condos, and Hollywood-style glitz are part of your criteria for a ski vacation, Bear Valley might not be the best choice. If wide-open ski runs, no lift lines and plenty of groomed snow are more important to you, then by all means give Bear Valley a try.
Bear Valley Lodging
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Bear Valley Mountain Resort
P.O. Box 5038 Highway 4 at Highway 207
Bear Valley, CA  95223
Ph: 209-753-2301   Fx: 209-753-6421
Bear Valley and the surrounding area offers several types of lodging options from rustic cabins to charming mountain lodges. As a premier year-round retreat, Bear Valley is a refreshingly different and relaxing alpine village. Bear Valley and Highway 4 offer an incredible selection of outdoor activities twelve months a year. Whether you are anxious to get your heart beat racing, or looking to slow down to a peaceful pace, the Sierra summer has it all. During the winter months, Bear Valley receives an incredible amount of snow and transforms into a winter playground.
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