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Bear Valley opens 100% of upper mountain runs

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Bear Valley opens 100% of upper mountain runs

More snow means more skiing.

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POSTED January 28, 2012 1:15 a.m.

BEAR VALLEY — Last weekend’s storms brought 39 inches of snow to Bear Valley Mountain, setting the resort up to open its entire upper mountain, including 100% of its beginner and intermediate terrain, as well as several popular black diamond trails.  

 Guests were thrilled this week as they arrived to see all the lifts turning and hundreds of acres of fresh powder awaiting them.  According to General Manager Jim Gentling, the storm came in warm, wet and heavy, which was a good thing, then it got cold, a really good thing for that base layer.   Ski Patrol and lift crews have been working throughout the week to progressively open more terrain.  As of Thursday morning, the resort had opened its entire upper mountain, including soft boundary access to the new 400-acre Dardanelle Vista Bowl, which allows guests to ski or snowboard into the Bear Valley Village. 

 The snow arrived just in time for the resort’s first Slopestyle competition of the season, this Sunday, January 29.  Terrain park crews are busy creating jumps and other exciting features for the freestyle event, open to both skiers and snowboarders.  Registration opens at 9 a.m. Sunday with the competition at 11 a.m.  Fees are $20 for ages 13 and over, $10 for 12 and under. 

 Lodging, food and beverage services are available in Bear Valley Village.  Guests are encouraged to contact Bear Valley Central Reservations for lodging and lesson reservations at 209.753.2301 x777.

 Located on Highway 4, Bear Valley has over 1,700 acres of varied terrain, more than 70 trails, two terrain parks, and 1,900 vertical feet.  Bear Valley averages over 30 feet of annual snowfall per year. 

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