small compared to tahoe resorts, or colorado resorts, or even mammoth..yeah. but its bigger than mt high and baldy, and its the best hes gonna ride in socal. size aside, its a fucking blast. the vibe, the weather, the set up, the trails, you cant go wrong with bear. a day pass works at both resorts, so if you get tired of one you can ride the other..ive been riding both for 4 years and ive never gotten bored with either
Haven't been to baldy yet. I hear it has good terrain when it's powder but then the staff, the location, and lifts, they all suck
I might brave all of that and hit it up this year.
I actually have a decent time at Mt. high and love the drive (no mountain driving the front side, and not too bad through the backside), but yes it is small as well.
I actually like Summit better than Bear just because so far I've been more of a groomer/free rider. But the very last time I started to hit the features (when I say hit I mean ride over them ...) and it was a blast with a few buddies. We were actually tired of both mountains, just freeriding it, so we did this out of boredom and had a great time fucking around. It does make the mountain feel bigger instead of making a beeline towards the bottom.
Random, with that said, if you are used to 5 minute hills I implore you to try a trip to mammoth. I haven't been, but this time I'm going for sure. I actually had free tickets but couldn't make it this past season (stupid weather). It's a 6 hour drive, so more involved but it should be worth it. With a mountain that size there are tons to do they can progress fast even in just one day. In tahoe I had my friends who were only on their 2nd or 3rd day leafing in the morning and gunning it down Tahoe blues and easy blacks at the end, of just one day. But if not, summit/bear is fun as well.
j.gnar, since you know bear well, how are the canyons after a good dump, dear, goldmine and bow? I went to try them out but it was ice when I got there