The warm weather compare to the swedish winter, the park setup, looks crazy with all the rails and boxes everywere, near LA and so on.. ive seen all the clips on internet when the pros rides there and i have a couple of friends that has been there before and it seems awesomee!
you dont think it is?
It's not a big mountain. It's literally like 240 acres inbounds, and no outbounds to speak of. It's my local mountain, so it's there, but if I was flying in from Sweden? I wouldn't go there at all. It's way too small. Northstar in tahoe has a better and bigger park probably.
Don't get me wrong for a small mountain Bear has a pretty well known park. There are two resorts, Snow Summit and Bear, but after you taste a larger mountain it's not really close. They are decent, but I wouldn't plan a transatlantic and winter trip around it. Put it this way, Mammoth Mountain is 3,500 acres. Bear and Snow Summit each are around 200-300. Mammoth also has a kick ass park.
killclimbz is spot on. If you can swing it, Mammoth is roughly 4-5 hours from LA. Getting down the mountain from Big Bear is 2 hours until LA at least. So if you plan on hitting LA a lot, then yeah you don't have much of a choice. If you plan on a trip here or there I'd do mammoth.
Alternatively, Tahoe/SF would be a damn good choice as well. Several resorts to choose from, proximity to SF which I like better than LA (I despise driving in LA it's maddening). But both of these places may be more pricey. Powder days are more rare in Big Bear, it's like 3-4 events a year, seriously.
But if budget is an issue, and you want to hit features, yeah Big Bear ain't going to be such a bad spot. You can hop between the two places. Hell, Shaun white's home mountain