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Enjoy the unique adventure of a snowbound log cabin in Bear Valley California. Located at 7000 feet elevation, and close to both Downhill and Cross Country Skiing, Bear Valley offers adventure and breathtaking scenery. It is a place where you park your car, and do not need to use it again until you leave.
A convenient shuttle bus will lift you to the ski lifts at the Bear Valley Mountain Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Cross country skiing is right at your door, and in the nearby meadow with groomed tracks provided by Bear Valley Cross Country ski area. Skiing home, to the Log Cabin, for Downhill skiers, is an adventure not to be missed, for the advanced skier, with good orientation skills, while the cross country skier, will find it to be a nice level scenic glide from the Cross Country Center.
Our Cabin has two bedrooms and a bunk area upstairs, and a warm living room, with a fireplace downstairs. The kitchen features an Antique Wood/Gas cookstove, and a microwave oven, coffeemaker, and all utensils. All linens are provided. Upon arrival, your party and your luggage will be transported oversnow to the cabin. On departure, the same service will be provided.
The little Village of Bear Valley, is a 15 minute walk over groomed snow, where you will find several shops, 1 restaurant, and the shuttle to the ski lifts.
Our Powderbears Log Cabin is a unique experience. In winter it is not possible to drive to the cabin, so we transport our guests and their supplies up to the cabin upon arrival, from the central parking lot in the Bear Valley Village. There is cross country skiing right at your doorstep and in the nearby meadow. Downhill snowsports are a short shuttle bus ride away. The shuttle bus is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from the Log Cabin. You will not need your car until you leave, when we transport your stuff back to the parking lot and assist you in getting organized for your return to the real world....moreless
Non-Holiday Rate .......................... $300/night for the first Two Nights.
Three Day Weekends, Christmas, New Years .. $300/night (3 and 4 night minumum)
Non-Holiday ............................... $250/night (3 night minimum).
All Rentals Subject to 10% Alpine County Room Tax.
Christmas and New Years 4 night minimum
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Cabin is snowbound with no auto access. Cross country, and adventuresome Downhill skiers, can ski right up to the cabin.
Return transport to Downhill skiing is via shuttle bus, about 15 minutes walk from Cabin, then 15 minutes to the ski lifts. My cost is a bit higher than Tahoe, but there's no traffic, few cars, world class skiing with hidden treasures for Alpine, Nordic, Telemark, and Powder skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, Snowboarders, whatever....
Skiing home is priceless, and your stay can include a guided tour from the top of the ski lifts to the cabin door (suitable to strong skiers with good orientation skills. Some traversing and walking are part of the adventure)
Call us at 415 779 2093 for the latest update on snow conditions, or to make a reservation.
Year Purchased: 1980
About the owner: I'm a Retired Ski Patroler who established the Powderbears Log Cabin in 1980 as an alternative to the Hotel in town. We will meet you upon arrival to transport your supplies into our snowbound log cabin. The snow can get quite deep in the Sierra, so our cabin is more suited to the adventure seeking guest, and I hope to help facilitate that adventure by providing accommodations in our unique snowbound world in the Bear Valley Ski Village. You can literally ski in and ski out of our cabin on Cross Country skis, and for hardy adventuresome Downhill skiers, willing to accept some slight aerobic portions of their journey, skiing in and out is a pure joy to experience. It's not the Easy Way to ski home, but It's the Powderbears way! I can show you the way, if that would be something someone in your group would like to experience. I've led people through this country on skis for over 45 years now, so it would be an added pleasure to show our guests that experience.
My Passion has been Skiing all of my Adult life, and I have skied and worked in several Ski Towns in Utah, Colorado and in Perisher Valley Australia, where I first got on Ski Patrol, before coming to Bear Valley to spend many years helping skiers, and making skiing safe during Avalanche Cycles.
Why the Owner Chose Bear Valley: Bear Valley is a unique place. It is actually 3 places in Winter.
It is Downtown where there are commercial businesses, such as a Restaurant and Bar, a General Store, and a Sport Shop. This is where the condos are, Creekside, Sundowner, Condo Bear, Silver Mountain and Tamarack Condos.
Where the commercial village, and Condos end, the Ski Village begins. The Snowbound Ski Village is where houses are located next to ski runs and not paved roads. In fact the paved roads in Bear Valley actually become ski runs in winter. Some sloped perfectly for downhill skiing, to the Bus Stop, and some more suited to Cross Country Skiing, to enjoy as a stand alone feature. The houses are all ski in for cross country skiing, and some walking and traversing will occur, to get to most of the homes. Some are right on the 'Home Run' but most are not. Our property is one of the homes in 'Old Bear Valley' so a bit of traversing across gullies and a bit of walking on groomed snowways will be what I like to call, an 'Aerobic Penalty' on the way home to Powderbears. You will not likely see any other skiers once you get into 'Old Bear Valley' You will have the place to yourself, once you arrive, and snow play and building snow persons or snow caves is right outside. You will not need your car until you leave. There is a shuttle bus taking you up to the 'Mountain' for Downhill skiing. Which leads to the third distinct part of this 3 legged town,
The Downhill Ski area is a stand alone attraction, with parking for over a thousand cars that come up for Downhill Skiing. Most Downhill skiers do not even come into the other two parts of Bear Valley, unless they take what we call a 'Bus Run' and come to town to ride the shuttle bus back to the 'Mountain' Skiing a 'Bus Run' for Downhill ski guests at Powderbears, is a great way to get familiar with the ski terrain on the Village side of the mountain, so that a guided tour to the Log Cabin later that same day, gets easier.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin: Mornings at Powderbears start with building a fire in the wood cook stove, and getting Breakfast together. If it has snowed last night, the powderhound in your group may have already left to catch first tracks, but for those who just enjoy a more leisurely start, Get the wood fires going, and relax. At some point, depending on how much new snow we got, your host will come to pack the trail and shovel the deck out front. If it really dumped, or is snow slides off the roof on to the deck, we will come use a snowblower to get it cleared again. This way you have clear access and a packed trail in and out that you can walk on. The hardy powderhound will be breaking his own trail out on early Powder mornings. This is a Unique Experience, as opposed to loading the skis in the car, and everybody driving together to the ski lifts. With our shuttle bus system, people can split up and meet up again later. And if you get to ski home, then you have reached a level of uniqueness achievable in few places. Our snowbound ski village is Unique in all of America, and it will lead to Unique experiences. We hope we can provide you with all the necessary ingredients for your next ski adventure in Bear Valley.