With 220 inches of snow in just in February alone, California’s Bear Valley Resort - nestled between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite - is primed for the spring skiing and riding season.
Bear Valley, this week's SnoCountry/Pepsi Resort of the Week, offers a total of 10 lifts and more than 75 trails spread across 1680 acres, with a 1900-foot vertical drop. Lifts include a new six-pack high-speed lift that debuted this season, along with a high-speed quad lift, two triple chairs, four double chairs.
With easy access from all areas of Northern California, including South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Reno, Nev., springtime is the best time to experience all the 52-year-old resort has to offer. Tuesday’s offer possibly the best deal in the industry with two lift tickets for just $99. Plus, emergency responders, teachers, and students receive 50-percent off window rates off when they visit Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
The Bear Valley Resort story began In 1952 when the Orvis family purchased 480 acres of property in Bear Valley. William and Grace Orvis also built a large log cabin and lived in Bear Valley during the summer months while their cattle grazed on the lush meadow, an activity that occurs still today.
The first development occurred in 1955 when the Orvis family subdivided 20 acres on the north side of Highway 4 into 60 lots with roads and water supply. Residential progress largely happened due to the demand by friends and family.
Bruce Orvis Sr., son of William and Grace, always envisioned a winter sports complex for the area. In 1963 he acquired 400 acres of Forest Service land to the north of the Orvis property through a land exchange. He then put together a ski area package for Mt. Reba under Forest Service permit and promoted a new highway from Camp Connell to the ski area. After years of convincing, road construction began on Highway 4 to access Bear Valley the same year. After he acquired title to the land north of the Highway he developed the 400+ lot subdivision, the Bear Valley Lodge and other installations as we now know them.
At the time, Lodges, condominiums, parking areas, tennis courts, and an airstrip, sewer system and water system, etc. were also developed along with the Mt. Reba Ski Bowl complex. The area opened its lifts to winter visitors in the winter of 1967-1968. That first season saw 596 inches of snow blanket the resort. But the 1994-95 season still holds the record with 602 inches of snow. Today for the 2018-19 season, Beaver Valley Resort has received 442 inches of snowfall.