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 8am on weekends and holidays and 8:30am every other day.  Weekends and holidays are always great for some riding but remember, many others are thinking the same thing.

Can I buy tickets and lessons in advance?
Yes!  By purchasing in advance at you will find discounts on tickets and lesson packages for 13+.  Plus we will have everything ready when you arrive.

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 quickly.  You can do this by visiting our online store at  or by calling our reservation team at 209-753-2301 x777.   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 with 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.

Once you get to the resort, 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 check the sales office for availability. You will need to determine which type of lesson you would like, such as a private versus. a group lesson. It is highly recommended that you book children’s lessons in advance as they fill up quickly! All information about lessons can be found on our lessons page.

If you need to rent equipment, stop by the equipment rental office. Check the equipment rentals page for pricing and processes. Note – you can purchase your lift ticket, rent equipment, and/or book lessons in the same location. 

If you already have your equipment and don’t need lessons, you just need a lift ticket! Stop by any open register at the Lift Ticket Window, or Sales office to purchase a ticket. 

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.