First Time At Bear Valley

First time at Bear Valley? No worries!

This guide will help you prepare for your first day of Pure Mountain Fun!

I’m Ready for Pure Mountain Fun … Now What?
Pick a date! During the winter season, conditions permitting, the lifts at Bear Valley are open 7 days a week beginning at 9am.  Inside services open at 8:30 AM.  Weekends and holidays are always great for some riding but remember, many others are thinking the same thing. Plan to arrive early, especially if traveling during or after a recent storm cycle.

Can I buy tickets and lessons in advance?
Yes! You can purchase in advance at  Bear Valley’s eStore

My kids are between the ages of 4-12, anything special I should know?
We highly recommend booking lessons for kids in advance as classes fill up weeks in advance.  Advance lesson bookings must be made online at our eStore. If your desired date does not show as being available, unfortunately it is already sold out. Also, keep in mind that children should be comfortable with group environments and time away from parents.  In addition, they must be able to use the washrooms alone. Instructors will help children with outer layers (jacket, zippers etc.) but any base layers are the responsibility of the student.  So before arrival, this would be a good item to practice with them.

Check the Weather and Road Conditions!
Now that you picked a date, make sure you check the weather and road conditions. Weather can change at a blink of an eye. One day you will be experiencing bluebird weather and next it’s snowing! Road conditions along Highway 4 should be monitored as well. CalTrans is great at keeping Highway 4 open during the snowy season but you should always be prepared and carry chains. For up-to-date weather and road conditions, check Mattly’s Weather Report and CalTrans.

What Should I Bring?
We have compiled a checklist for you of the “Bear” necessities for Pure Mountain Fun! Remember to wear thin layers underneath your waterproof clothing but do not wear layers of socks! This can affect the way your boots fit for snowboarding or skiing. If you happen to forget any of these items, do not worry. Reba Sports Store, located at the mountain, carries all of the following and more!

  • Snow Pants
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Socks
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Warm Hat/Beanie
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Change of Clothes

I’m here, now what?
If you choose to come on a Peak Day, weekend, or holiday be prepared to park in our upper lots. Preferred parking close to the Lodge is also available for a fee.

You will need to figure out a few things before you hit the slopes. Will you need a lesson? Will you need to rent equipment? Do you need to purchase a lift ticket?

If you need a lesson, you can book in advance at our eStore You will need to determine which type of lesson you would like, such as a private lesson versus a group lesson. It is highly recommended that you book lessons in advance as they fill up quickly! All information about lessons can be found on our lessons page.

Do you need to rent your equipment for the day? Check the equipment rentals page for pricing and processes. 

If you already have your equipment and don’t need lessons, you just need a lift ticket! Stop by the Guest Services Office or skip the wait by prepurchasing your lift ticket online and pick up at one of our self-service ticket kiosks! You’ll be on the lift in no time!

Once you have your equipment and a lift ticket you are ready for Pure Mountain Fun!

Remember to fuel up!

Come well-rested and eat a hearty breakfast.

Be prepared to use a lot of energy and drink lots of water! Bear Valley’s elevation is as high as 8500+ feet which will contribute to fatigue and dehydration.