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Why Snow Summit is Paradise for Mountain Bike Enthusiasts

Posted On: Jun 01, 2020

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LIFT-SERVED BIKE PARK AT 8,200 FEET


Every year when spring makes its way to the mountains and the snow melts, Big Bear Mountain Resort undergoes an incredible transition from world-class ski resort to mountain biking mecca, featuring Southern California’s premier lift-served, gravity-fed bike park at Snow Summit, with trails and terrain for riders of all ages and ability levels.

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Easily accessible from most points in Southern California, Big Bear Lake is perfect for day trips or extended stays to enjoy the variety of downhill trails and access to over 60 miles of cross-country trails with the sun-splashed San Bernardino Mountains and picturesque lake views as your backdrop. 

Here are the top reasons why your next mountain biking adventure should be in Big Bear Lake.


A TRUE ALPINE SETTING


Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Summit Bike Park offers a true alpine setting with towering Ponderosa pines, panoramic mountaintop vistas, and breathtaking lake views. Watch live cams.

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Diverse Cross-Country Trails

Snow Summit offers access to over 60 miles of professionally built and maintained trails. These trails offer a mix of technical single- and doubletrack options with striking views of the surrounding valley, including SoCal's tallest mountain, Mt. San Gorgonio (elevation 11,500 feet). Pedal out for a quick run along Pineknot or enjoy the views on an all-day trek on the 26-mile Skyline Trail.

female mountain biker riding on a cross-country trail

Downhill Bike Park

Enjoy a chairlift ride to the top of Snow Summit (elevation 8,200 feet) then experience the thrill of traversing 1,200 feet of vertical drop, featuring an exciting mix of jumps, berms, and man-made features. Check out the Going Green beginner trail for the best lake views, or go big on the all-new 10-ply expert trail that was built for the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking.

Summit Bike Park has 12 downhill trails that range from modest gravity-fed runs to fast and flowy jump trails.

male mountain biker on a difficult wooden downhill trail

Learn more about Summit Bike Park trails.

snow summit trail map for biking and hiking

Summit Bike Park is typically open to the public from May through October* with multiple lift ticket and season pass options for riders of all ages and abilities.

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NOTE: Weather can vary at higher altitudes, so be sure to check our mountain report before planning your next outdoor adventure.

*Operating dates subject to change based on weather conditions and other extenuating circumstances.

VARIETY OF TERRAIN


Summit Bike Park's gravity-fed trails offer a variety of singletrack trails that require minimal pedaling or braking. The park features a diverse mix of natural and man-made features – including step-ups, berms, and bridges – that will challenge riders of all ability levels. From beginner features like Small Wonder and the Skill Builder Park to more advanced runs like 10-ply and Party Wave, our Trail Crew is committed to keeping things fresh all summer long.

Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned pro, your trail starts here.

Green - Easiest
Blue - Moderate
Black - Difficult
Double Black - Expert
Globo Gym
Average Joes Miracle Mile
10-ply
Going Green
Blue Steel Party Wave
Mini Pump Track
Dual Slalom
Westridge
Small Wonder
Fall Line

Mulch Jump

Turtle Trail

FRESH ON THE DIRT


All-New Double Black Diamond Trail

Check out the all-new double black diamond trail, 10-ply, which made its debut last summer at the Fox US Open of Mountain Biking. The trail features a mix of technical singletrack terrain and natural features, including drops, and rock gardens that are sure to test riders’ skills. The 1.38-mile trail is rated double black diamond, which means it should only be attempted by advanced/expert riders.

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mountain biker going down a steep rocky mountain trail

downhill

Watch this video from the Park Staff in summer 2019 before the trail was open to the public.



More Trails in San Bernardino Mountains

As a member of the Adopt-A-Trail program, Snow Summit is committed to providing the best experience possible by helping maintain several trails that surround the Bike Park, including Pirates, Lower Skyline, Upper and Lower Fall Line, and Dickies trails. Head off the backside of the ridge and catch your favorite backcountry trails via the lifts. Learn more about the Adopt-A-Trail program.

female mountain biking on a cross-country trail

male mountain biker riding on a cross-country trail

mountain biker riding on a cross-country trail full of green plants

FUN BEYOND THE TRAILS


Snow Summit isn't just a bike park, it's a community. During the summer, Summit Bike Park hosts some of the MTB industry's best events, including Crafts N Cranks** – a one-of-a-kind festival for mountain bikers, craft beer aficionados, and outdoor enthusiasts – as well as multiple endurance races, downhill competitions, and amateur skills challenges.

Fox US Open of Mountain Biking
Summit Series
Team Big Bear Race Series
Grizzly 100 & MTB Gran Fondo

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USA mtb race at snow summit, racers at the finish line

**Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Crafts N Cranks festival until 2021.

Mountain Biking is a great way to get outdoors and spend time with friends and family. Book a trip to Summit Bike Park today. Save up to 20% on all lift tickets when you purchase at least 72 hours in advance.

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