Get out those skis and boots, get those winter ski clothes and jackets out of the back of the closet, collect your car keys (and the family) and head out to Snow Valley Mountain Resort for a great early ski trip.
Located east of the community of Running Springs, Snow Valley is the longest continually open ski area in the San Bernardino mountain communities. One of the great advantages that many people appreciate (and one of the reasons people return time after time) is that it has a “family atmosphere” that many families appreciate. While some of the other mountain ski areas are larger, newer and may have more “exciting things such as “gondolas, etc.” Snow Valley remains the closest ski area to the “valley below” and it retains its small area charm but has the amenities of many of the larger ski areas. One of the advantages of this historic ski area is that it is so close to the San Bernardino, Highland and Redlands communities. A short drive up Hwy. 330, across a few miles on Hwy. 18 and you’re there.
If you’re looking for great runs and a wonderful day on the slopes don’t let the “smaller” size dissuade you from testing out the runs. There’s plenty of exciting runs to challenge skiers of all capabilities and as the winter proceeds more of the runs will undoubtedly open to serve the more “adventuresome” or “Olympic caliber” skiers and snowboarders. For a nice warm chalet experience the restaurant and coffee area at Snow Valley will undoubtedly be a great place to relax. The food is great with delicious hamburgers, delicious hot dogs, Starbucks coffee and for a full-serve “beverage” area.
Right now, thanks to the resort’s ability to make snow (as they have for the past many, many years) there’s a great base of natural snow. In case you heard mountain residents and merchants saying “thank you” to the recent “snow gods” you’d be right on target.
Snow Valley Mountain Resort is located right on Hwy. 18 about three miles from the Running Springs community. An easy drive up Hwy. 330 from San Bernardino drops you off in Running Springs (which at that point becomes Hwy. 18) and if you continue on for about 15 minutes you’ll find Snow Valley. Trust me, you can’t miss it! If you’d like to stay the night in Running Springs check out Giant Oaks Lodge which is located on Hwy. 18. There you’ll find cozy cabins and motel rooms at a very reasonable rate. For information on available rooms call (909) 867-2231. There are great small restaurants in the community so come on up and spend the weekend…you’ll love the “small town” charm and friendly people who call this community “home.”
While you’re visiting you will want to take Green Valley Lake Road (off Hwy. 18) between the small community of Arrowbear Lake and Snow Valley. If the road is clear (or even if it’s not and you have chains) drive up this beautiful road to a quiet lake and community of Green Valley. It is one of my most favorite places in all the world (and I’ve done a lot of traveling in my life!). There’s a couple of great eating places in this community. If there’s a lot of snow in the area (and on Green Valley Lake Road) that leads to the community you may need chains as it is quite a climb so if it’s snowing or has snowed recently be sure to carry chains with you (which you should do anyway if you’re a frequent visitor).