My Bear Mountain and Snow Summit with Craig Coker

By Ryan Dunfee


At a mountain that has bred and raised it’s share of professional snowboarders, Craig Coker is one of the few pro skiers that has come out of Bear Mountain—one of only a handful of Southern California resorts and one of the country’s best terrain parks. Coker’s filmed numerous segments with Level 1 Productions, and while he’s no longer in the limelight as a pro skier and runs a Mac repair company in San Diego these days, he’s still shredding Bear and Snow Summit as much as he can, and still puts on one of the only ski events at a traditionally snowboard mountain—War of Rails—in which invited pros tackle a course of the enormous and creatively-arranged rails, wallrides, jumps, and gaps for which Bear’s terrain parks are known for.


As Coker will attest, Bear is one of the best places in the country to get upside down


Place to ski on a Powder Day: We don’t get many days of powder but if you’re lucky head to Bear Mountain. Get on Geronimo lift and ask the lifties where Bow Canyon or Deer Canyon is. Both have some pretty fun tree skiing. 


Place to get snacks for the powder day backpack:  7-11 always has what you need. Slim Jims and mini muffins—yum.


Place to ski on a spring day: Bear Mountain of course. Get some hot laps on the Bear Mountain express lift with friends and then grab some brews on the sun deck.


Place to take the family skiing: Snow Summit is the family mountain and Bear Mountain is the full terrain park. They are located just a couple miles from each other.

Place for Dinner: Get the Burger.  It’s the best burger in town! Makes me drool thinking about it.


Place for Aprés: This would be Chad’s Bar in the village. It’s located in the heart of Big Bear. You will find a mix of locals and tourist to mingle with. Be sure to bring cash, because they’re still old school.

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