Mammoth buys Bear Mountain and Snow Summit

Mammoth buys Bear Mountain and Snow Summit
Mammoth buys Bear Mountain and Snow Summit; photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In a move that virtually puts all of Southern California skiing and snowboarding under one roof, Mammoth Resorts has acquired Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. The purchase links four of the region’s biggest mountain resorts, adding Bear and Snow Summit to an already stacked lineup of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain.

“We couldn’t be more excited to enter this agreement with Big Bear Resort,” said Rusty Gregory, chairman and chief executive of Mammoth Resorts, in a Wednesday press release. “The acquisition represents the beginning of a renaissance for both Mammoth and Big Bear and is the first step in the next era of skiing and riding in California.”

All four of the Mammoth Resorts mountains will be connected under a new, all-inclusive pass known as the Cali4nia Pass, which is scheduled to go on sale September 27 for $689 (for adults).

“This new pass will offer Southern California skiers and snowboarders the best of both worlds: the convenience of Big Bear, plus the big-mountain experience of Mammoth,” said Chris Riddle, the vice president of marketing at Big Bear Resorts.

In all, the new conglomerate will feature over 5,888 skiable acres, making it one of the largest collections of mountains in North America. The resorts are expecting visitor traffic at upwards of 2 million this 2014/2015 season.

The acquisition was supported by Dick Kun, the longtime chief executive of Bear Mountain resorts and one of the biggest catalysts of skiing and snowboarding in Southern California.

“Mammoth has always been the natural long-term fit for the Big Bear family, and we are thrilled to enter this agreement,” acknowledged Kun in the Mammoth press release. “Mammoth’s experience and leadership will ensure that southern Californians will continue to enjoy recreating in the local mountains and will undoubtedly bring in a new era of experience and opportunities.”

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