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Adventure Academy

From a full-service kids ski and snowboard school in the winter* to a mountain bike shop in the summer*, the Adventure Academies are your one-stop-shop for everything you need before getting on the hill. Explore the transition and offerings below and plan your trip by booking ahead online or by calling 844.GO2.BEAR.

*Big Bear Mountain Resort is typically open to the public for winter operations from November through April and summer operations from May through October.

WINTER


BBMR staff standing in front of the Adventure Academy

LARGEST LEARNING AREA IN SOCAL


Designed for kids and families, our state-of-the-art learning facilities will get you on the slopes faster. Featuring full-service kids equipment rentals and beginner areas with lift, lesson, and rental packages available for ages 4-12.

The Adventure Academy is located in the base area at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Check hours of operations. For questions, please call 844.GO2.BEAR.

SKI/SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

SKI/SNOWBOARD SCHOOL


CATERED TO AGES 4-12

Home to the largest learning area in Southern California, the Adventure Academy offers various types of ski and snowboard lessons to cater to your child's skills.

Whether you're looking for private or group lessons, book your preferred lesson time online or by visiting us in-person at the Adventure Academy.

BOOK LESSONS ONLINE


Should I book my lesson in advance or when I arrive?

Booking in advance is highly recommended since popular instructors and lesson times can fill up fast. Book your lesson online.

Private lessons must be booked at least 1 day in advance and a valid lift ticket is required for all lessons.

When should I arrive for my lesson?

We recommend on arriving at least 1.5 hours prior to your scheduled lesson time to ensure you have enough time to park, check-in, and pick up your lift tickets and/or rental equipment.

What type of lesson should I take?

BBMR offers group and private lessons for ages 4 and up.

BEGINNER: If you have never skied/snowboarded before, never been on a chairlift, or need assistance with turning or stopping.
INTERMEDIATE: If you can comfortably turn, stop, ride the chairlift, and navigate most beginner and low intermediate runs.
ADVANCED/EXPERT: If you are confident skiing/snowboarding on all terrain, including steep and challenging features.

Where do lessons meet?

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain

Kids am – Adventure Academy
Kids pm – Red flag outside Adventure Academy
Adult Group – Red Lesson Flag
Private – Purple Private Flag

What lesson options are available for children?

Children must be at least 4 years old and potty trained – no diapers – to take a lesson at BBMR.

Kids are separated into 3 age groups: 4 years old, 5-7 years old, and 8-12 years old.

Helmets, mitts/gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or goggles) are required for children ages 4–12.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Weather conditions and temperatures can vary at higher altitudes, therefore we recommend wearing multiple layers, including a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating middle layer, and water-resistant outer layer to protect you from the elements.

What should I do to avoid altitude sickness?

Higher altitudes may cause some people to experience dizziness, nausea, and general fatigue due to lower barometric pressure and oxygen levels. To avoid these symptoms drink plenty of water before, during, and after your visit to BBMR, limit your caffeine and alcohol intake while at the resort, and pace yourself throughout the day.

The effects of sun exposure are also amplified at higher altitudes, therefore we recommend using a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on any exposed areas throughout the day.

If you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, find a shaded area to rest and hydrate. If your condition does not improve, contact the Patrol Department for further assistance and treatment.

What happens to my pre-purchased reservation if the resort closes due to unsafe weather and conditions?

Big Bear Mountain Resort may experience full operational closure due to diverse weather conditions anytime during the season. Though it is rare, in the case of closed operations on the date your tickets, lessons, or rentals are issued for, Big Bear Mountain Resort will directly alert the buyer and re-book* or be issued an Activity Voucher the purchase(s).

Please note that a full refund will not automatically be reimbursed to the buyer’s account. All guests must contact a customer service representative to choose a refund type through one of these channels:

Call 844.GO2.BEAR
Email info@bbmr.com
Chat with us
Visit us in-person at guest services

Activity Vouchers are available for unredeemed reservations within the current winter season following the date Big Bear Mountain Resort closed operations.

*Ticket pricing is subject to change.
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YOUTH RENTALS

YOUTH RENTALS


STEP UP & LET US DO THE WORK

Kids will have the ease of getting fitted for their ski or snowboard boots on a new step-through ramp. We'll size and strap them in making the rental process a quick one. More modern amenities include the Riechman Equipment Rack system, which allows us to get their rentals to them faster.

The Adventure Academy is your child's one-stop-shop for ski/snowboard rentals. Plus, book in advance to save 20% on mid-week rentals all season long.

RESERVE RENTALS ONLINE


What type of equipment rentals does BBMR offer?

BBMR offers ski and snowboard rentals for all ability levels.

Does BBMR offer helmet rentals?

Helmets are available at all of our rental shops, with select models available for purchase at Big Bear Sports, located in the base area.

Please note, helmets are required for all children ages 12 and under enrolled in Sports School lessons.

Does BBMR offer clothing rentals?

BBMR offers $15 rentals for snow pants. BBMR does not offer any other clothing rentals, but Big Bear Sports does carry a wide selection of outerwear, accessories, and branded apparel.

What do I do with my equipment if I have a multi-day rental?

All BBMR rental shops offers overnight gear check for multi-day rentals. Please note, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight lockers are available for rent in the locker rooms.

How long does it take to pick up rental equipment?

Processing times vary based on guest volume, staffing, and equipment availability, therefore we recommend allowing at least 1 hour to pick up your equipment. Allow additional time for weekends and holidays or if you have a lesson scheduled.

When should I return my rental equipment?

All rental equipment should be returned at the end of lift operations – aka when the chairlifts stop turning – on the last day of your rental reservation.

When do I pay for my rental equipment?

Total payment is required at time of booking for advanced reservations, or at time of purchase if renting day-of or day prior in-person.

Does BBMR offer any rental + lift ticket packages?

Adult and kid lessons include rentals + lift ticket option, but we do not offer a standalone rental + lift ticket package.

Does BBMR offer any discounts on rental equipment?

Guests can save 20% on lift tickets when purchased at least 72 hours in advance.

What happens to my pre-purchased reservation if the resort closes due to unsafe weather and conditions?

Big Bear Mountain Resort may experience full operational closure due to diverse weather conditions anytime during the season. Though it is rare, in the case of closed operations on the date your tickets, lessons, or rentals are issued for, Big Bear Mountain Resort will directly alert the buyer and re-book* or be issued an Activity Voucher the purchase(s).

Please note that a full refund will not automatically be reimbursed to the buyer’s account. All guests must contact a customer service representative to choose a refund type through one of these channels:

Call 844.GO2.BEAR
Email info@bbmr.com
Chat with us
Visit us in-person at guest services

Activity Vouchers are available for unredeemed reservations within the current winter season following the date Big Bear Mountain Resort closed operations.

*Ticket pricing is subject to change.

 

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VIEWING DECK FOR PARENTS

VIEWING DECK FOR PARENTS


The deck located in front of the Adventure Academy allows parents/guardians to watch and cheer their child on during their lesson. There is a railing with a flat table-top that creates a perfect spot to enjoy a snack or beverage while watching your child shine.

20/21 WINTER SEASON UPDATE: All guests must have a valid lift ticket, season pass, or reservation to receive gated entry access to the Bear Mountain or Snow Summit base areas this winter. Anyone attempting to access the base areas without a valid lift ticket, season pass, or reservation, if applicable, will be denied entry. Parents/guardians with a child in a lesson will be given a day pass for viewing purposes only.
FOOD & BEVERAGE

FOOD & BEVERAGE


FLAT BOTTOM DOUGH

Check out the all-new Flat Bottom Dough offering artisan wood fired pizza baked at 700 degrees. All pies are 10” and handmade with fresh dough. Other options include chicken wings, flat bottom knots, and salads.

SHRED, SHAKEN, & STIRRED

Sip on fresh espresso or hand crafted cocktails served at the brand-new Shred, Shaken, & Stirred booth. Other beverage options include:
  • Fresh Brewed Starbucks Coffee and made to order espresso beverages
  • Huskey Brand Hot Cocoa, Snacks , & Other Refreshments
  • Draft Beer or Wine or Full Bar

This service is offered at Bear Mountain Adventure Academy only.

COLORING BOOKS

COLORING BOOKS


While your child is waiting for their lesson to start, they will enjoy coloring the Biggie & Friends story book which tells the adventure of Biggie the Bear and his friends on the hill.

All materials included with the lessons.

BOOKS WILL BE OFFERED FOR TAKE-HOME ONLY FOR THE 20/21 WINTER SEASON.
THEY'LL EARN THE OFFICIAL PATCH

THEY'LL EARN THE OFFICIAL PATCH


Nothing says "you're a rock star" more than the official Adventure Academy badge. Your child will earn a patch they can show off to their friends.

MOVING CARPETS

MOVING CARPETS


Your child will have the luxury of skipping the hike up to the start of the slope by taking one of the 4 moving carpets offered with access to 5 acres of terrain dedicated to kids.

CUBBIES

CUBBIES


Each child will be assigned a cubbie for them to store their shoes, jackets, and gift bags while they are taking the lessons.

NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 20/21 WINTER SEASON.
BURTON RIGLET MAT

BURTON RIGLET MAT


If your child is planning on learning how to snowboard, they will have the option to participate in a game where they will stand on the Burton Riglet Mat containing snowboard symbols on it. They will roll the dice, bend, and grab at the corresponding number on the mat to simulate different “moves.”

This will allow your child to practice some moves before they step on the snow.

CHOOSE YOUR LOCATION




 
Red and black Bear Mountain Adventure Academy LogoBear Mountain
Green and yellow Snow Summit Adventure Academy LogoSnow Summit
Book Lessons
Book Lessons
Open Daily
Weekends Only
Opens Daily Starting Dec. 11
Private & Group Lessons
Rentals
Night Session Lessons (Select Dates)
Moving Carpets Dedicated to Lessons
2 2
Beginner Chairlifts
1 (Chair 7) 2 (Chair 4 & 8)
Beginner Trails Dedicated to Lessons             
1 1
Acres of Beginner Terrain for Lessons
1 1
20/21 Season Passholder Discounts
View Deck for Guardians
Food & Beverage Stations

BEAR MOUNTAIN AREA MAP


winter base area map of bear mountain

SNOW SUMMIT AREA MAP


winter base area map of snow summit

LIVE WEBCAMS


SUMMIT BEGINNER AREA

Launch

Summit Beginner Area Cam

BEAR BEGINNER AREA

Launch

Bear Lesson Beginner Area

SUMMER


Adventure Academy building in the summertime

YOUR TRAIL STARTS HERE


Designed for all-things mountain biking, the Adventure Academy at Snow Summit this summer will get you on the hill faster. Featuring full-service MTB equipment rentals, lesson, and rental packages available for ages 3+.

The Adventure Academy is located in the base area at Snow Summit. Get directions to Snow Summit Adventure Academy or check hours of operations. For questions, please call 844.GO2.BEAR.
MOUNTAIN BIKING LESSONS

MOUNTAIN BIKING LESSONS


Group and private lessons are available at Summit Bike Park and may be reserved by calling 844.GO2.BEAR, or in-person at the Snow Summit tickets windows, subject to availability.

Guests with reservations made in advance, head straight to the Adventure Academy to check into your scheduled lesson time. Walk-up bookings are welcomed. Please go to the Snow Summit ticket windows to book a lesson in-person before heading to the Adventure Academy.

LEARN ABOUT LESSONS


Should I book my lesson in advance or when I arrive?

Booking in advance is highly recommended since popular instructors and lesson times can fill up fast. To book your lesson, call 844.GO2.BEAR.

Valid lift ticket is required for all lessons.

When should I arrive for my lesson?

We recommend on arriving at least 1 hour prior to your scheduled lesson time to ensure you have enough time to park, check-in, and pick up your lift tickets and/or rental equipment.

What type of lesson should I take?

BBMR offers group and private lessons for ages 3 and up.

BEGINNER: If you have never tried mountain biking before, never been on a chairlift, or need assistance with shifting and/or braking.
INTERMEDIATE: If you can comfortably ride the chairlift and navigate most beginner and low intermediate trails.
ADVANCED/EXPERT: If you are confident riding on all terrain, including steep and challenging features.

Where do lessons meet?

All lessons meet at the Adventure Academy at Snow Summit.

What lesson options are available for children?

Children must be at least 3 years old and potty trained to take a lesson at BBMR.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Weather conditions and temperatures can vary at higher altitudes, therefore we recommend bringing multiple layers, including a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating middle layer, and water-resistant outer layer to protect you from the elements.

What should I do to avoid altitude sickness?

Higher altitudes may cause some people to experience dizziness, nausea, and general fatigue due to lower barometric pressure and oxygen levels. To avoid these symptoms drink plenty of water before, during, and after your visit to BBMR, limit your caffeine and alcohol intake while at the resort, and pace yourself throughout the day.

The effects of sun exposure are also amplified at higher altitudes, therefore we recommend using a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on any exposed areas throughout the day.

If you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness, find a shaded area to rest and hydrate. If your condition does not improve, contact the Patrol Department for further assistance and treatment.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING RENTALS

MOUNTAIN BIKING RENTALS


Snow Summit's Adventure Academy is your one-stop-shop for bike and equipment rentals. Complete protective gear (full face helmet, shin & elbow guards, and chest protector) is included with all Downhill and Freeride bike rentals. Open face helmet is included with all Cross-Country rentals.

Bike rentals may be reserved online, by calling 844.GO2.BEAR, or in-person at the Snow Summit tickets windows, subject to availability.

Guests with reservations, head straight to the Adventure Academy to pick up your rentals. Walk-up bookings are welcomed. Please go to the Snow Summit ticket windows to reserve rental equipment in-person before heading to the Adventure Academy.

RESERVE A BIKE



What type of equipment rentals does BBMR offer?

BBMR offers bike rentals for all ability levels, ages 3 and up. Reserve your rental equipment in advance.

Does BBMR offer helmet rentals?

Helmets are available at all of our rental shops, with select models available for purchase at Big Bear Sports, located in the base area.

Please note, helmets are required for all children ages 12 and under enrolled in Sports School lessons.

Does BBMR offer clothing rentals?

BBMR does not offer clothing rentals, but Big Bear Sports does carry a wide selection of outerwear, accessories, and branded apparel.

Can rental equipment be exchanged?

Guests may exchange or upgrade rental equipment on the day of their rental reservation, subject to availability and any costs associated with the exchange or upgrade.

How long does it take to pick up rental equipment?

Processing times vary based on guest volume, staffing, and equipment availability, therefore we recommend allowing at least 1 hour to pick up your equipment. Allow additional time for weekends and holidays or if you have a lesson scheduled.

Can I pick up my bike rental equipment early?

Bike rentals can only be picked up on the day of your reservation.

Can I return my bike rental equipment early?

Guests may return their rental equipment any time during the duration of their rental reservation. View BBMR’s Activity Change & Cancellation Policy.

When should I return my rental equipment?

All rental equipment should be returned at the end of lift operations – aka when the chairlifts stop turning – on the last day of your rental reservation.

When do I pay for my rental equipment?

Total payment is required at time of booking for advanced reservations, or at time of purchase if renting day-of or day prior in-person.

Does BBMR offer any discounts on rental equipment?

BBMR passholders receive 10% off all bike rentals (cannot be combined with any additional discounts or promotions). There are no discounts on rental equipment for advance purchase or multi-day rentals.

What do I do with my equipment if I have a multi-day rental?

All BBMR rental shops provide complimentary overnight gear check for multi-day rentals. Please note, space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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TUNING & REPAIR SERVICES

TUNING & REPAIR SERVICES


Bike repair services – including brake bleeds, tuning derailleurs, cable adjustments, and tire replacements – are available at the Snow Summit Adventure Academy during operating hours on a first come, first served basis. All bikes must undergo a free sanitizing wash before being serviced.

Service
Prices
Tune Up $49
Overhaul $130
Brake Bleed $29
Tire Tube Changes $10
Tire Tube Changes DH $15
Quick Derailleur/Brake Adjust $15


ADVENTURE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS

ADVENTURE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPS


Snow Summit’s Adventure Academy Summer Camps offer an immersive all-day (8AM-3PM) experience for kids ages 6-12 featuring a variety of outdoor adventures and activities – including hiking, mountain biking, arts and crafts, and more – available on select dates in the summer.

GET CAMP INFO