THE MOST DEPENDABLE SNOW CONDITIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Big Bear Mountain Resort has invested more than $12 million in the past few seasons to advance its snowmaking capabilities, which benefits guests by providing more reliable snow conditions as well as enhances the snow quality each and every day of the skiing and snowboarding season.
This investment increased our snowmaking capacity by 50%. Each resort’s snowmaking system can convert about 5,000 to 6,000 gallons of water per minute into snow. That’s a good sized stream flow and would fill up a back yard pool in just 5 minutes. Normal snowmaking conditions of temperatures in the 20’s allow production in the 2,000 to 3,000 gallon range. With a nearly inexhaustible supply of water from Big Bear Lake, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain can cover 100% of developed runs with a fresh blanket of man-made snow – from three to five feet on many runs.
This is substantially more than any other Southern California resort, as they rely on extremely limited amounts of well water and are often forced to reduce their snowmaking, thus offering fewer open runs.