Grizzly – Bear Valley, CA

This long and steep double chair now serves more than 300 acres of terrain with the retirement of the Kodiak double.
The bottom terminal features counterweight tensioning.
Concrete counterweight.
View up the line from the base.
Loading area and tower 1.
Middle part of the lift line.
The entire line is steep and rocky.
View down the line around halfway up.
Another look down.
Sharply-angled towers near the summit.
The breakover seen from below.
Top station with ’60s-style unloading ramp.
Big breakover.
The top station has a vault drive.
The unload.
Top station setup.

4 thoughts on “Grizzly – Bear Valley, CA

  1. Mattly February 4, 2023 / 3:09 pm

    The Grizz Bowl and Snow Valley combined are only 3110acres of our 1680 acre total. Please correct the misinformation given about that area being half of Bear Valleys acreage. Thank you


  2. Industry Insider March 18, 2023 / 5:57 am

    Why don’t you ask Peter to fix your 3110 typo above, Mattly, and worry about getting this lift dug out? ;-) Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Andy March 18, 2023 / 7:02 am

      I am sure when the Engineers designed and built this lift back in 1967 nobody thought that this lift would see any more than 30 feet of settled snow in one place on that mountain. The second year it opened in 1968/69 they saw 596 inches of snow on the hill , and have had just ten years in the 500 inch range since then. The average since 1968 is 346 inches per year. Who would have thought. As of March 17 Bear Valley has had 623 inches of snow, just 16 inches off their record for a year. What a crazy year. (I am not making fun of engineers, I am laughing with them. ) . To give you an idea, 623 inches of snow settled to 192 inches of depth at their Ski Patrol Weather Station


  3. Kirk March 18, 2023 / 7:18 am

    Seems like Grizzly has been a low priority lift for many years. Big snow or low snow. Snow Valley run needs a lot of summer willow trimming. Its great skiing in good snow years but only a small percentage of the skiers and riders use it.


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