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Old 02-10-2010, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have any of the Socal riders here ridden Snow Valley? I always blew it off, as it looks pretty jank from the road, but I saw the other day that it's the same acreage as Snow Summit where I normally ride. Not that acreage tells the whole story, but just curious how it compares for those who have ridden both.
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Old 02-10-2010, 06:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i had to ride there a few weeks ago when we had the big storms because they closed the road conveniently right after snow valley. it would have been fine if they knew how to run a resort but they only had 2 bunny lifts open until 1:30, and then when they did open a lift that takes you to the top, the line was seriously like 400 people deep. now im sure its not always that crowded but i wont go back due to their lack of customer service. on an extremely busy blue bird powder day, to only have 2 bunny lifts open is just madness.
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do not go there. Id rather go to Mountain High, even though its super small.
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I had always heard shit about it, but had never been until this season. Going in with very low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised when all the runs were open, and the most I had to wait in line all day was around 40 seconds. The parking situation is pretty good, the snow itself was decent, packed with a few pockets of powder on the day I went.
Lift 2 allll the way on the right side draws hardly any attention and will take you half way up the mountain.
Also, using the code "PH2" my buddies and I got half off lift tickets, which turned out to be about $22.
For a day of riding, I'd say it was a pretty good deal for southern California.
Does it's terrain compare to Bear Mtn's? No.
If your strapped and looking for a cheap, easy day of boarding, I'd say it's most def. worth it.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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As a second year snowboarder with 2 little ones(6 and 7) I got season passes there last Feb when they had the $199 for the rest of last season and all of this year. It was worth every penny of it. They even refunded the price of the season pass for the wife because she is pregnant and cant use it. Great customer service. I was there the weekend of the big snow. That was crazy. Part of the issue with the lifts is they were not prepared for 6 foot of fresh snow. They had to dig out the lifts at the bottom and de-ice the lift cable rollers at the top. That takes some time. I just stayed late and alot of the people left so it was wide open.

My review after going about 12 times so far:

1. Decent food at a decent price.
2. Slow but acceptable lifts(Normally)
3. Great staff
4. Good beginner stuff off lift 13(for the little ones)
5. Edge is good and flows well from one feature to the next.
6. Slide Peak is great with fresh snow on it. Windy as all hell but good runs.
7. Intermediate runs are not all that challenging
8. Diamond runs are short compared to the higher end resorts.
9. Parking is great compared to some of the other local resorts.
10. Great views.

Overall I am happy with it for the amount we paid for season passes. I think there is alot more potential there though. If you cant afford some of the better resorts, go here and have a fun day riding.

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Old 03-02-2010, 01:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I started riding snow valley a couple years ago when works started putting constraints on my time. Its closer and less crowded, for the most part, so I can get in more runs and still have some of the day left over to do other stuff. My girl really likes it because the runs are pretty mellow and because its not crowded so she can focus on learning. Overall, its great for beginners and for days when time is an issue.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I was there yesterday and they have a deal going called "why not Wednesdays". Using the promo code KCAL you can get an all day lift ticket on a Wednesday for $9.67. No bullshit. Ten bucks we rode all day. The mountain is small but has a pretty cool little park and nice wide open green and blues for the beginner to intermediate. I had a blast, every run was open and there was hardly anybody there. Again compared to bear its nothing but for the convenience and the price well worth it.

Im actually thinking about going up to snow valley this Saturday. Has anyone been there on a saturday? Im just curious how crowded it gets on the weekend.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Snow valley is not to crowded on weekends, just the staff sucks and is slow and unprepared. You will end up waiting 10 minutes for a lift that takes 10 minutes to get to the top for a 2 minute run.

Secret is to use only the mid lifts anytime after 9am and it will be sweet.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have to agree that you go all the way into the "back country" or to the top and then stop at the little Deer Meadows shack and get back on the lift there. If you go all the way down, it is a cluster. I reccomend going off trail in the "back country" area. The crowd isnt too bad on a saturday. It could be worse, but there are alot of people that have o clue what they are doing that rent a board and go to the hardest runs there and just get in the way... they need to stay at their ability level.

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Old 03-04-2010, 11:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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