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Where should I buy a season pass in SoCal for boarding, Bear Mtn or Mountain High?

Hi there everyone,

My son wants to learn park and slopestyle riding well next season, so I'm committed to taking us boarding as much as possible in order to help him progress well.

If you were going to buy a season pass, would you pick Mountain High or Bear Mountain?

We live in San Diego, and I know Mtn High is about an hour closer, but how's the snowboarding terrain? Is it comparable to Bear Mountain?

My son wants to learn park, pipe and slopestyle tricks, so whichever place is best for this, I'll get us season passes, and we'll go often.

I've skied at both places, and boarded at Bear, but I'm not in the parks yet myself, just cruising. My son, however, wants to get seriously into tricks, so I'd better pick the best spot for that.

Best is subjective I'm sure, but basically I'm looking for a high quality snowboard park environment with well-made jumps, pipe, jibs and instruction if we need to get hooked up with a pro once in a while.

Any advice for which mountain is much appreciated, thank you!

P.S. We also go to Mammoth, Solitude and Steamboat each year, but only once each, so we really just need a season pass at a SoCal place, as that's where we'll realistically have enough time to visit often, due to the shorter drive time.
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bear mountain is better in every way then mountain high. only thing mountain high has on bear mountain is the drive is slightly shorter and easier.
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Does Bear have an airbag for throwing tricks? I saw online that Mountain High has an airbag; that's a great feature for learning safely, so that's something I was surprised that Mtn. High has.

How do you compare the park features at Mtn. High to Bear, can you pls share some specifics?

I'm familiar with both mountains from a long time ago on skis (and agree Bear's better for skiing), but I'm not in the park yet on my snowboard, so I don't know how to compare them for that. My son wants to train and practice tricks, and if he's in the park most of the time, the rest of the mountain doesn't matter so much, as long as the park is decent.

One of his friends said the snowboard terrain at Mtn. High was really good, but I have no intel on that myself.

Thanks for any detailed descriptions of experiences snowboarding at Mtn. High and Bear, really appreciated.
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we used to call it "mountain lie" because it sucked. of course we had fun anyway those were the days of surf/snow/sk8....

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Sucked overall as a mountain, or sucked specifically for snowboard park features? I need details if ya got 'em, thank you.

I used to ski all over the place, and I felt like Mtn. High sucked as a ski mountain, yes, but if the snowboard park and tricking and jump terrain is good, that's all I need really. We'll make big mountain trips out of the area for overall good mountain stuff. I just need a place for my son to practice tricks that is solid in terms of the park only, I don't care about the rest. Does Mtn. High's park suck?
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Sucked overall as a mountain, or sucked specifically for snowboard park features? I need details if ya got 'em, thank you.

I used to ski all over the place, and I felt like Mtn. High sucked as a ski mountain, yes, but if the snowboard park and tricking and jump terrain is good, that's all I need really. We'll make big mountain trips out of the area for overall good mountain stuff. I just need a place for my son to practice tricks that is solid in terms of the park only, I don't care about the rest. Does Mtn. High's park suck?
sorry I'm probably your age or older. I was at Mtn High 20 years ago when I learned to snowboard, but not since.

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if you're going for park, you're gonna wanna get a pass to bear mtn. pretty sure that will include snow summit as well, so you get two mountains in one pass...

snow summit has some great features as well.

bear is pretty much unsurpassed in socal for park stuff.
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How do you compare the park features at Mtn. High to Bear, can you pls share some specifics?
Bear is a better decision by a longshot, its not even close. Bear has multiple beginner park areas, and no matter what your skill level you can always find a few runs that suit you. They have lots of variety in their features and I've seen features at Bear that Mt High has never had before. Bear has lots of runs that you can hit, no matter what your skillset. Basically tailored especially for people trying to progress in park.

Mt High on the other hand, is lacking. They typically dont have much setup other than standard rails, boxes, and kickers... and you just kinda have to hope that they have ones setup that are within your skill level, especially when still learning. They'll throw a couple ridiculous things like a 12ft long rainbow rail, or a 3ft high s-box, but there isn't a lot of variety other than that random huge "wtf" feature. Also there is only really 1 or 2 park runs you can take, unlike Bear where half the mountain is a playground.


The only thing is the drive. Mt High is hassle-free. Bear is straight up treacherous if there is snow on the ground, at least in my FWD car. What are you driving in?

The distance will also matter if you are only taking day trips. Mt High is sooo much easier and more convenient for a day trip, assuming their current park layout is suitable for you (you can check their website for a map of features they have laid out in the Park Report section). Mt High tends to offer night sessions more frequently than Bear/Summit do, allowing for longer days. But if you are going for more than one day at a time, Bear should be the choice 100% of the time.

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Bear is a better decision by a longshot, its not even close. Bear has multiple beginner park areas, and no matter what your skill level you can always find a few runs that suit you. They have lots of variety in their features and I've seen features at Bear that Mt High has never had before. Bear has lots of runs that you can hit, no matter what your skillset. Basically tailored especially for people trying to progress in park.

Mt High on the other hand, is lacking. They typically dont have much setup other than standard rails, boxes, and kickers... and you just kinda have to hope that they have ones setup that are within your skill level, especially when still learning. They'll throw a couple ridiculous things like a 12ft long rainbow rail, or a 3ft high s-box, but there isn't a lot of variety other than that random huge "wtf" feature. Also there is only really 1 or 2 park runs you can take, unlike Bear where half the mountain is a playground.


The only thing is the drive. Mt High is hassle-free. Bear is straight up treacherous if there is snow on the ground, at least in my FWD car. What are you driving in?

The distance will also matter if you are only taking day trips. Mt High is sooo much easier and more convenient for a day trip, assuming their current park layout is suitable for you (you can check their website for a map of features they have laid out in the Park Report section). Mt High tends to offer night sessions more frequently than Bear/Summit do, allowing for longer days. But if you are going for more than one day at a time, Bear should be the choice 100% of the time.
Thanks for this, much appreciated.

I'll be driving in a Toyota Landcruiser.

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