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Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Overall
Overall PAF Score

Overall
Rank

93

Rank in
Region

11

Rank in
State

10

This resort is often compared with:

Squaw Valley
Mammoth
Heavenly
Best time for snow at
Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Snow quality compared w/
rest of North American resorts
Last 10 Days of Snowfall at Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Powder
Forecast

Powder Forecast
Thursday
Day
0"
Night
0"
Friday
Day
0"
Night
0-1"
Saturday
Day
0-1"
Night
0-1"
Sunday
Day
0"
Night
3-5"
Monday
Day
0"
Night
0"
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6"+ of snow
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LAX to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Tue Feb 28
United
$496
SEA to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Tue Feb 28
Alaska
$522
EWR to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$567
MSP to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$671
BOS to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$699
IAD to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$701
SFO to RNO
depart Sat Feb 25
return Mon Feb 27
United
$708
DFW to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$740
ORD to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$863
IAH to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Tue Feb 28
United
$993
ATL to RNO
depart Fri Feb 24
return Mon Feb 27
United
$1,029
True Snow: 351" per year
Snow Quality Rank

74

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Dump Potential Rank

45

Bear Valley Mountain Resort is ranked No. 45 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Historical Powder Odds
Daily Lottery

% of days with more than 6" of snow

15.7%

Extended Stay

% of months with more than 90" of snow

32.9%

Drought Threat

% of months with less than 30" of snow

25.5%

*Special thanks to Tony Crocker and Bestsnow.net.

Dump Potential Rank

45

Bear Valley Mountain Resort is ranked No. 45 in North America for its total snowfall during an average season.

Snow
Quality
Rank

74

Accounts for resorts' snow quantity, moisture content, latitude, elevation, and slope aspects.

Total Snow Score

This score accounts for total snow quantity, its moisture content, the resort's latitude, elevation, and its slope aspects, which affect total snow preservation.

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Core Strengths of Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Core Strengths
Snow Volume
rank
45
score
63.8
Snow Quality
rank
74
score
60.5
Overall
rank
93
score
59.1

Trail Breakdown

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Vertical Drop

1900 ft

8500 ft
Base Elevation: 6600 ft

Slope Aspects

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A few words on the Snow at Bear Valley Mountain Resort

Bear Valley has very good snow frequency of 15.7% of winter days with 6 inches or more and 33% of winter months with 90 inches or more, but also endures 26% of winter months with less than 30 inches. Bear Valley is forested to its 8,500 foot summit, so powder skiing can be good even on severe storm days. Average snow density of 12% is not the blower of the Rockies but easily managed on modern fat rockered skis.

Accumulation and Preservation

It takes high snowfall for Bear Valley to reach full operation by Christmas, because its steepest terrain is at low altitude. California droughts can be extreme, so even the snowiest areas are less than ΒΌ open at Christmas in the worst 15% of seasons. Bear Valley is about half north-facing but tops out at 8,500 feet, so overall snow preservation is about average for California.