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Snow Summit
A Satellite View of Snow Summit Ski Resort, March 2008
A Satellite View of Snow Summit Ski Resort, March 2008
Snow Summit is located in California
Snow Summit
Snow Summit
Location in California
Snow Summit is located in the United States
Snow Summit
Snow Summit
Location in the United States
Location Snow Summit
Nearest city Big Bear Lake, California
Coordinates 34°13′43″N 116°53′28″W / 34.2286°N 116.8911°W / 34.2286; -116.8911
Vertical 1,209 ft (369 m)
Top elevation 8,174 ft (2,491 m)
Base elevation 6,965 ft (2,123 m)
Skiable area 240 acres (97 ha)
Runs 31 total
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 10% beginner
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 25% low intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 40% intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 25% advanced
Longest run 1.25 mi (2.01 km) (Westridge)
Lift system 14 lifts
Lift capacity 18,550 passengers/hr
Snowfall 100 in (250 cm)
Snowmaking 100% of developed terrain, 240 Acres
Night skiing Yes

Snow Summit is a ski resort that was established in 1952 and is in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. It is located by Big Bear Lake along with its sister resort Bear Mountain; these two resorts which operate under the same management are collectively known as Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR).

Snow Summit is one of the larger ski areas in Southern California, and is considered to be one of the most popular ski and snowboard destinations for patrons from around the Los Angeles area. Snow Summit is a mid-sized resort, with a 1,209 ft (369 m) topographic vertical drop, and 240 acres (97 ha) of skiable terrain, all of it covered by snowmaking.

In 2014, Mammoth Mountain purchased Bear Mountain and Snow Summit for $38 million. In 2017, Mammoth Resorts announced its sale by Starwood to a partnership of Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners, known as Alterra Mountain Company.

Bear Mountain relationship

For decades, Snow Summit and Goldmine Mountain operated independently of one another, less than two miles apart. In 1988, S.K.I., a major ski area operator, bought Goldmine, changed its name to Bear Mountain, and invested millions of dollars in improvements that enhanced its competitive position against Snow Summit. In 2002, Snow Summit purchased Bear Mountain, and the two became one company.

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are marketed as areas constituent to Big Bear Mountain Resorts. A lift ticket from either area is honored at the other, and a free bus service between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain shuttles patrons back and forth between the two for that purpose.

In 2014, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain resorts were purchased by the owners of the Mammoth Mountain ski resort.


Snow Summit's extensive, multimillion-dollar snowmaking system draws water from Big Bear Lake to cover all of the resort’s marked terrain with skiable artificial snow — if ambient temperature and humidity are amenable — throughout its winter operating season .

Snow Summit trails

Beginner Intermediate Difficult Expert
Skyline Creek Miracle Mile Ego Trip Park The Wall
Sundown Pipe Dream Dicky's Olympic
Summit Run Westridge Freestyle Park Tommi's Side Chute
Cruiser East Why Off Chute
Last Chance Zzyzx Park Log Chute
Miracle Mile
Timber Ridge
Log Chute
Perfect Pitches
Side Show
Sugar Pine
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