Snow Summit Ski Area

The Snow Summit Ski Area is a popular resort located in California in the San Bernardino National Forest, near Big Bear Lake along Highway 18. It is a breathtakingly picturesque setting with Big Bear Lake, miles of trails, high reaching mountains, and runs that will knock your proverbial boots off. It is quite amazing when you consider that the Snow Summit Ski Resort is so close to the likes of Palm Springs and Los Angeles. When you are at the top of the mountain, covered in snow, getting ready to plunge down the 1,200-foot vertical drop, you will find it hard to believe that you are not far from the desert. Then again, the highest peak at the Snow Summit Ski Resort is well over 8,000 feet.

There are 240 skiable acres in sum at Snow Summit including 31 trails. The top elevation is 8,200 feet and this is not the easiest resort to ski. Only 10 percent of the runs are designated as beginner’s hills. Another 40 percent are considered intermediate, while the remaining 25 percent are for advanced skiers and snowboarders only. The longest run (Westridge) is 1.25 miles long.

The annual snowfall at Snow Summit Ski Resort is around 100 inches and the resort has the capability of covering 100 percent of the developed terrain with snow if necessary. Snow Summit Lodging is easy to secure, at either Snow Summit itself, or the sister resort, Big Bear Mountain. You will find that there are a range of options at your disposal, the Big Bear Lake Resort Association is more than happy to assist you in your decision making process. You will be able to choose from quaint bed and breakfasts, condos, and cabins.

The Village at Snow Summit also offers a variety of tempting options for dining as well as plenty of boutique shopping and excellent entertainment. You could easily spend an entire week with your friends or family at the Snow Summit Ski Area, taking in the amazing runs, enjoying the excellent shopping and dining, and relaxing at the conveniently located cabins and accommodations on the premises. When things are in full swing in the winter, there are other activities to enjoy at Snow Summit, from hiking to mountain biking, or simply just taking one of the lifts up for an awesome BBQ meal at the top of the mountain. There are a variety of restaurants located throughout the village as well as on the hill and you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself at the Snow Summit Ski Area Lodge.

Once you find your Snow Summit lodging and all of the other details that go into planning your trip, you can explore the region more fully and check out all of the other opportunities to enjoy the amazing geographical diversity of this part of California. If you wanted to, you could jump in the car and make a trip to Joshua Tree, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and a plethora of other areas. Or, if you simply wish to relax and enjoy a fun ski vacation, you will not even be forced to leave the Village to find everything you need, from food to entertainment to suitable Snow Summit lodging.

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