In our last post, we discussed potential terrain expansions at Bear Valley.
Today, let’s talk about the current terrain and how it could be enhanced.
Grizzly Midway Loading Area- Due to below normal winters and rising snow levels, 2 out of the last 3 seasons Grizzly Chair did not open at all. The base of the chairlift is located at 6,595′, which remained under the snowline for several storms this season.
Erecting a midway ramp around Jack’s Jump at 7,100′ would allow Grizzly to operate in marginal snow years. Without the Grizz running, Bear Valley lacks advanced and expert terrain.
Lower Grizzly, April 2014
Snoopy’s Bridge- A brilliant idea conceived by some long time locals is to construct a “skier’s bridge” from the Water Tank run to Snoopy’s Hanger. Not only would this increase the accessibility to the lower mountain but it could serve as a “Welcome to Bear Valley” sign, giving a sense of place and arrival to the hidden gem of the Sierra.
Welcome to Bear Valley
Tree and Vegetation Thinning- There are numerous places (lower Grizzly, village runs, etc) on the mountain where conducting some off season trail maintenance would go a long way. Not only would it increase the skiing experience, but it would allow terrain to be more skiable with less snowfall.
Build a Beginner’s Run from Bear Top- There has been discussions of regrading the upper mountain to create a beginner’s run from Bear Top to the base. Currently, the upper mountain requires intermediate or higher abilities.
What are your thoughts on enhancing Bear Valley’s existing terrain?