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Bear Valley

Bear Valley Adventure Company

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Easy to get to solitude

Half the challenge of getting to any kind of skiing near the Bay Area is dealing with highway 80... read more

Reviewed January 20, 2019
Bear Valley, California
Go solo or bring a friend!

What a great find! I went cross country skiing for the first time yesterday (a Thursday) and found... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2018
Paul Y
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The Bear Valley Adventure Company is a year-round provider of inspiration, fun, gear and fuel through extreme customer service, local knowledge, and quality products in a sustainable way every day. Services provided include cross country skiing...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1 Bear Valley Rd, Highway 4, Bear Valley, CA 95223-9997
+1 209-753-2834
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

Half the challenge of getting to any kind of skiing near the Bay Area is dealing with highway 80. But Bear Valley is on highway 4 which is always traffic-free so you start the day with far less stress. When you pull into Bear Valley...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed December 28, 2018

What a great find! I went cross country skiing for the first time yesterday (a Thursday) and found a parking space easily, 3 minute walk to the rental store for gear, and then 3 minute walk to the trail. If you like solitude, this is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Paul Y
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Please note this is a review of tubing only, not for any other services offered. We were incredibly disappointed in the tubing on Feb 24, 2018. Paid around $75 for 4 kids to go tubing on a super small hill. Honestly, we have better tubing...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank teamherrmann
Reviewed September 13, 2016

Friendly, knowledgeable staff, great bike, kayak and cross country ski goods and service. Well-informed advice on hiking and mountain biking trails in the area, plus road biking options. The cross country trail system and the teaching staff can't be beat, for any level of skier....More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed April 10, 2016

Bear valley X country was my first cross-country experience, and it was a great one! Fun for kids and adults. Many routes have beautiful scenery. Along the way, you can stop at one of the cafes for lunch. well groomed trails, friendly staff, and trails...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank nina r
Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

Paul and Diane Petersen and their dedicated team truly run one of the biggest and most beautiful X-Country centers in the world. If you like to X-Country ski or want to learn how this is the place to go. California sunshine and lots of snow...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Dardanelle44
Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Paul and Dianne were wonderful setting us up for day of xcountry. Beautiful trails, not crowded because so much space, excellent grooming, sunny, a foot of fresh snow on a fine base. Definitely coming back. Lunch at cafe at warming hut very good! I could...More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Ruth B
Reviewed January 6, 2016

Beautiful place, friendly staff, a variety of trails from easy to challenging all well marked. Nice indoor and outdoor café with inexpensive food.

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Galyn S
Reviewed December 30, 2015

I rented my cross county ski equipment from Bear Valley Cross Co. Wonderful friendly knowledgeable organized staff. The staff processed so many cross country skier and maintain their smiles and humor the hole time.. The ski circuts was great, groomed nicely and plenty of snow.

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank Yellowbilledtours
Reviewed December 28, 2015

Setting: valley floor and up through forest to vista points. Trails: mostly double tracks so I could ski next to my kids, wide enough for skaters. No snomobilers yay! Can quickly get far from the highway noise and the sledders/tubers at entrance. Terrain: varied from...More

Date of experience: December 2015
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November 29, 2015|
Response from Dan P | Reviewed this property |
Then don't open yet if you don't have enough snow to make a decent hill or mention that on your website at least so people aren't driving all the way up to Bear Valley to be disappointed.