BEAR VALLEY CROSS COUNTRY
Live Well - Ski Often
12/8/13 NEWS: We received a total of 2 feet of dry, powdery snow from the storm! The groomers will be out working on the trails all week and we hope to open the groomed trail system for the season on Saturday, December 14th. Please check back for updates.
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.
That sure was some storm. About two feet of the driest (5-6% moisture content) snow we have seen in a while. It does not pack down well so we are going to let it settle for a couple of days then begin grooming out a nice opening selection of trails on the 14th. One of our new snowcats went out briefly today and she is a beauty. We will be laying down some nice track and skate lane shortly. Stay in touch for the latest info and stay warm, if you can.
We all look forward to seeing you soon.
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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