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Sebastian19671967 wrote a review Feb. 2021
Los Angeles, California17 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a wonderful day at Snow Valley. My daughter and I were there for the first time. We took advantage of the Monday-Thursday Internet discount code and paid half price for our lift tickets. We rented our boots and skis. I have only skied at one other location, Mt. Shasta. I consider myself an intermediate skier. and at 53 years of age, my good days or reckless, flying down slope days are behind me. However, what I enjoyed about Snow Valley is long gradual downhill slopes. For me, I could because up speed "safely" and cruise down the mountain. Therefore, I absolutely had a wonderful experience. As for my 17 year old daughter, she was looking for speed and she also loved the park. Therefore, if you are I looking for a great day of casual and inexpensive (compared to other resorts) skiing, then Snow Valley is the place. I cannot wait to go back.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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skiguy wrote a review May 2020
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Best parking and it is free. They do have to charge at the entrance and give you a voucher to use at the resort. This keeps all the snow play people out. I have never been to a resort that will listen to their guests the way Snow Valley does. Everybody there cares a great deal. I think the difference is that it is a family owned resort instead of a cold mega-corporation. The chairs and slopes are well maintained. There is a lot more to the resort than you realize. It goes pretty far back there. A lot further than you think. The prices are very reasonable. The crowd is relatively small. If you are bringing your family, it would be foolish to continue on for 45 more minutes to the other resorts, spend 3 to 4 times as much, park a mile away, and deal with the giant crowds. Highly recommend Snow Valley
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mel wrote a review Feb. 2020
Mission Viejo, California9 contributions4 helpful votes
We went for my husband's birthday. We chose Snow Valley over Bear Mountain (our typical ski destination) because of cost and because we had experienced, beginners, and little ones that only were going to do snow play. It was all that we expected. I wouldn't change a thing except I would have reapllied our sunscreen.😜 Great staff. Great discounts. Fun slopes. We think it was very family friendly but the slopes were not littered with small children learning by trial and error. My kids doubled the amount of children in the slopes. One thing to consider is that we went on a weekday and a ski resort is a completely different place on a weekend so I can't speak to that.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Cari Keys wrote a review Feb. 2020
Rancho Cucamonga, California48 contributions2 helpful votes
I want to start out by saying that I visited Snow Valley on a week day. In just that first statement alone, if you’ve experienced any ski resorts on a weekend in California you know it’s a completely different vibe. With that said, we can continue. We arrived at 9:45ish. They opened at 9 so most peeps were buying their tickets. We rented our equipment just because I looked up rentals close by and just didn’t get a good idea of how close they were to the resort and I prefer paying ahead and picking up quick and I couldn’t make that happen. The trails were good for me (still a beginner) snow was nice. It was not crowded. There is plenty of space to practice. The resort itself is old and run down a bit. It could use a good upgrade. There was only one food place open on a weekday and it was super expensive. The good part is that the parking lot was pretty empty so you can park close to the entrance so you could pack a lunch and just go eat when you’re hungry or bring in your lunch to a picnic table. They have an awesome sledding area if anyone is into that. The staff was super nice and helpful. I think it’s a great place to bring the kids to practice sking and sled some for less than a fancier resort.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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DrHickenlocher wrote a review Jan. 2020
Irvine, California1,065 contributions318 helpful votes
My kids are still fairly new to snowboarding and I'm not much of a black diamond myself. Having recently visited Snow Summit in Big Bear over the holidays, I was pleasantly surprised by our trip to Snow Valley. We arrived around noon on the MLK Jr holiday for a day trip from Orange County to find absolutely no line for tickets and plenty of parking in a very large parking lot (a stark contrast to the madness that is Snow Summit parking). True, it was $10 to park compared to Snow Summit's free parking, but for the convenience it was well worth it. Then, our lift tickets were only $189 for a family pack (holiday rate, on a weekday it drops to $159). Plus, we got our snowboard rentals from Blauer Ski & Board down the road. So all in all it was a significant savings compared to our Snow Summit trip. The mountain itself isn't as nice as Snow Summit. Let's get that out of the way. But we didn't come for sweeping views. We came to practice snowboarding at our beginner levels, and in that regard our trip was just fine. The place was not very busy, even though it was a holiday. We never waited in huge lines for the beginner slopes, and Chairlift 1, the big main Express one, had zero wait in the afternoon. I felt like I had the whole mountain to myself every now and again coming down the intermediate runs from Chairlift 1. I will say that the beginner run down from Chairlift 6 was actually TOO flat. We kept getting stuck every now and again, having to kind of wiggle to get moving. But if you are with any terrified beginners or little kids, it's a very gentle slope and not scary at all. The runs down Chairlift 13 were much better in terms of learning how to actually carve and traverse across a slope. Snow Valley is nothing compared to the big Lake Tahoe resorts, and not nearly as nice as Snow Summit either, both in terms of run variety and facilities quality. It's pretty basic, to be frank. But it's super convenient, significantly closer to home (which equals less driving time for a day trip), and less expensive for our family than Mountain High. If you just want to go skiing or snowboarding and aren't too picky about riding a "fantastic mountain", Snow Valley is a great bargain and perfectly suitable to do the job.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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