Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company, Bear Valley

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A year-round mountain resort located at 7,100’ elevation in Bear Valley, California. Featuring one of the largest cross country ski areas in California with 35 trails for 65 kilometers of groomed track and skating lanes, rental and retail shop, lessons, trailside lunch café, sledding hills open daily and tubing hills open weekends/holidays (note: only rental sleds/tubes allowed) during the winter. Featuring over 100 miles of USFS single track and trails for mountain biking, excellent, high mountain road biking, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing on 4 nearby lakes during the summer. Located on all-weather Highway 4 (Ebbetts Pass) which is a designated National Scenic Byway, situated between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas.


XC Skiing, Snowshoeing, Sledding and Tubing


Mountain and Road Biking, Flatwater Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Hiking, Fishing and Camping
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  • 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 cou...  more »
  • 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 lu...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • Great first experience. I had never been cross country skiing before and decided it would be in my best interest to purchase the 1 hour private lesson. It was definitely worth the money. My instructor was wonderful. He was kind, reassuring, and most importantly knew how to teach! I can't wait to go again.
  • Very good place for cross-country skiing. Much quicker to get to from the South bay than the Royal Gorge. Many green trails, and even blue and black trails are not overly challenging. The rental equipment is good (though I used my own boots). The only downside, at least at the time of writing, is that many trails were only groomed for skating, and not for striding.
  • The best winter destination in the Sierras! Rent some cross country skis and experience a the PEACEFUL beauty of the mountains. Or rent some sleds and take the kids to the uncrowded sledding Hill then get some hot chocolate at the Meadow Cafe. It's worth the trip and WAY better than the craziness of Tahoe.
  • Great place, they rented everything you need to have fun, it is not far from San francisco - Santa Clara
  • I love this place. The staff are very friendly and the skiing is great. They have a great range of trails, from beginner to advanced. If you are an advanced skier, make sure you ski Grin And Bear It if it's open!

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