This is What 600″ of Snowfall Looks Like at Bear Valley Resort, CA

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DEEEEP! Credit: Bear Valley ski patrol

Wow. This is what Bear Valley Resort, CA, looks like after breaking 600″ last week.

The picture above, from Bear Valley ski patrol, shows Tower 8 of the Koala Lift.

The resort has seen 616″ of snowfall this season and has a 232″ base.

Bear Valley’s all-time record snowfall record is 639″ set back in 1982/83. That record will likely be surpassed in the next few days.

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Trail map of Bear Valley. Image: Bear Valley

According to Wikipedia, Bear Valley is a ski area in the western United States, located in the Sierra Nevada of California on Highway 4 between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite—about three hours southeast of Sacramento and one hour from Angels Camp. Nine lifts provide access to 75+ runs covering 1,680 skiable acres (2.6 sq mi; 6.8 km2). Prior to the 2010–11 season, an additional 400 acres (1.6 km2) of non-lift serviced terrain was opened to the public, expanding the resort to 1680 skiable acres, making it the eighth largest in skiable acres in California. The resort is known for its commitment to snowmaking and snow science expertise, and as a result of snow management, was one of six resorts in California that remained open into mid-spring during the worst droughts in history.

Bear Valley is also known for its rich racing history and is one of two resorts in the state that operates a NASTAR course nearly every weekend of the winter season.


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