Hidden Gems

From hidden gems to big names: Here are 11 of California’s best ski resorts

Nov. 01, 2022
14 min read

The Points Guy

Bear Valley is a midsize California ski resort nestled in the central Sierras between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. It has a more relaxed vibe than many of the bigger resorts and is popular with skiers and riders on a budget, as well as families.

This resort has a fairly even mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. It offers many of the amenities of a larger resort — from dining to high-speed lifts — at a lower price than its Tahoe counterparts.

Its village area makes it more of a full-service resort than many other ski properties its size. Though smaller than the typical villages of larger resorts, it offers ski-in but isn’t connected via return lift. The Bear Valley Lodge is the only hotel in the area, but the village has a number of vacation rentals and cabins as well.