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Wednesday, Dec 19
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
05:30 PM The Calaveras County Women's Network Christmas Meeting is December 19th!
Thursday, Dec 20
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Friday, Dec 21
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
Saturday, Dec 22
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Sunday, Dec 23
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
Monday, Dec 24
All Day Let CAMPS Do The Dirty Dishes This Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, Dec 26
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Thursday, Dec 27
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Friday, Dec 28
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
Saturday, Dec 29
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
Sunday, Dec 30
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
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12/15/2018 - Bear Valley Real Estate & Vacation Rentals Annual Open House is Tonight!
Bear Valley, CA...Bear Valley, California is a boutique high Sierra Nevada mountain village offering the best in both serenity and recreation. Bear Valley and nearby subdivisons including Sherman Acres, Tamarack, and Sky High Ranch are little islands of private property surrounded by vast tracts of National Forest with an abundance of lakes, rivers, and mountains. Bear Valley Real Estatehas earned the reputation as the finest choice for buyers and sellers seeking experienced professional real estate services in the greater Bear Valley area. As the lead agency participating in over 95% of the sales transactions in the high country since 1982, Bear Valley Real Estate is the only fulltime real estate firm in the area. As the sales leader for nearly 30 years, Bear Valley Real Estate has developed a knowledge of the high country marketplace unmatched by any other firm in the area.

Bear Valley Vacation Rentals is the sister company to Bear Valley Real Estate, a locally owned and operated company since 1982. Bear Valley, California is located in California’s least populated county on Highway 4 between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite in the Central Sierra Mountains. Bear Valley Vacation Rentals are the closest accommodations to Bear Valley Ski Resort. Honored by being on one of the few distinguished National Scenic Byways and set in the midst of over one million acres of Wilderness and National Forest lands, Bear Valley is the closest mountain getaway from the South Bay, East Bay, and the Central Valley.

Bear Valley Vacation Rentals manages over 50+ privately owned cabins and condos. We think that Bear Valley is the most special place on the planet and we want you to feel the same way. Bear Valley offers fresh air, simplicity and an off-the-beaten path experience ideal for families, outdoor enthusiasts, groups and special events such as weddings and reunions. Start planning your getaway today for your future Bear Valley memories. Bear Valley Vacation Rentals where Nature is at your Doorstep.
12/15/2018 - 15th Annual WinterSports History Night
Bear Valley, CA...This event is produced each year to acknowledge individuals, organizations and businesses that have developed, promoted & supported the wintersports community along the Hwy 4 corridor thru the years. This year’s program will feature the Peter Brinkman Award, the annual In Memoriam.

The Peter Brinkman Award is given annually as recognition of an individual(s) or organization that has significantly contributed to the promotion, marketing and growth of wintersports activity for the Bear Valley and beyond. The first recipient, of course was Peter Brinkman himself, some of the others include Harry Schimke, Paul Petersen, and Bob Shedd.

This year, the 15th recipient of the Peter Brinkman Award is Craig Rice. Craig arrived in Bear Valley in 1968. Craig has been an integral part of our Ski Patrol for 50 years, training 3 generations in medical response, avalanche control, explosives use, weather, geology, biology, and history. We hope all will be able to attend the presentation and congratulate Craig.
11/23/2018 - Warren Miller Movie Night at the Bear Valley Lodge on November 23rd
Bear Valley, CA...The Annual Warren Miller Movie this Friday Night. We are getting geared up for winter and that means our annual showing of the latest Warren Miller movie is here! Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter” Friday, Nov. 23, Doors open at 6:30 PM, Showing starts at 7:00 PM, Bear Valley Lodge – Cathedral Lounge. With the purchase of your Warren Miller ticket, you receive one FREE Bear Valley Lift ticket for the 18/19 season! *Restrictions apply. All proceeds will go towards the Bear Valley Education Foundation

$25 / Adult
$15 / Child (12 & under)

Lounge only seats 100 guests!
Tickets will be sold at the door if seats are available.

11/24/2018 - The 26th Annual Dorrington Christmas Tree Lighting is November 24th!
Dorrington, CA...The 26th Annual Dorrington Christmas Tree Lighting is November 24th!

10/28/2018 - Join the Bear Valley Team this Winter! Job Fair in Murphys, October 28th!
Bear Valley, CA...Join the Bear Valley Team this Winter! Job Fair in Murphys, October 28th!

09/22/2018 - With Trails at Risk Sierra Snowmobile Foundation to Meet in Sonora.
Sonora, CA...We're in! Join us for an informational session, meet and greet, and of course discussion on how to best comment on the proposed alternative from the Stanislaus National Forest. We bring the maps, Standard Pour supplies the food and drink, and you bring your own awesome self! See you there!

Did you know that over 80% of the high alpine terrain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is currently closed to snowmobiles? Five of the The National Forests in California are developing over snow vehicle (OSV) travel management plans as a result of lawsuits from anti-snowmobile groups. Check the tabs for each forest. The Stanislaus NF is currently accepting comments on proposals that could close 84% of the forest permanently to snowmobiles. We’re currently digging through the details, so check back soon to find out more, and to keep access open to your favorite snowmobile and sled-ski areas before it’s gone forever.

09/23/2018 - Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd
Arnold, CA...Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd from 3-5 pm at White Pines Lake.

09/22/2018 - Don't Miss SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale This Saturday!
Arnold, CA..SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale is This Saturday! USED Ski & Board Boots $5 - $40! USED Jr. Skis Start at $20! USED Demo Skis Start at $240! Get Ready for the Season & Save!!

09/17/2018 - GABA-Business Association Meeting Sept 18th. Guest Speaker is Calaveras Visitors Bureau's Lisa
Arnold, CA...OPEN TO EVERYONE Business owners, staff and local residents interested in participating in the GREATER ARNOLD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. Tuesday September 18th, 6:00 PM at the Ebbetts Pass Fire Station Conference room. 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold. GUEST SPEAKER Lisa Boulton, Calaveras Visitors Bureau. Open Forum to discuss Planned Development & new 30 foot setback that is now in place on all parcels. This is your chance to share your ideas for new projects and learn how you can participate in the Business Development of Arnold, CA.

GABA President Mike Borean,, 209-743-8248
John Hamilton, Linda Baker & Walter Preston.

09/08/2018 - Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival September 8th-9th in Bear Valley
Bear Valley, CA....Bring your fat tire ride and join us for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4.  Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area and get in on the festivities.   The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag, BVTS T-Shirts available and live music at HermitFest.

Registration is $50 and includes any or all of the following: guided rides, trail map, Saturday lunch, Saturday BBQ dinner, beer and wine, shuttles to high trail points on Cape Horn and Rings trails on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, plus Poker Ride with prizes.


Below are more details about the Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival, coming  up on September 8-9th in Bear Valley, CA, along with FAQs

For more questions, contact   -OR- (president of BVTS)

Is there a schedule for the event?
YES.  The event final schedule is available HERE

How do I get to Bear Valley?

Bear Valley is located on Hyway 4 about 2 hours west of Stockton, CA.  It is located on Ebbetts Pass which is a National Scenic Byway.  From Stockton, CA, take State Route 4 toward Angels Camp and continue on Highway 4 another hour to Bear Valley.    GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS HERE

Is there camping close by?

The closest camping is 2-3 miles away near Lake Alpine.  There are "camping" accomodations from tent camping to motorhomes as well as "glamping" at the Bear Valley Ski Area.  Here is a GOOGLE MAP link to CAMPGROUNDS near Bear Valley


Here is the link to use for booking camp sites in the nearby National Forest campgrounds   The interesting thing is that if you go the the Stanislaus NF site and look at the campgrounds they say they are all first come first serve and no reservations.  This is not true. Most have about half the sites that can be reserved ahead of time.  Among them is a link for SILVERTIP CAMPGROUND which has sights than can be reserved.  LAKE ALPINE is all first-come-first-served camp sights.

What other accommodations are nearby?

Lake Alpine also has small cabins and tent cabins for rent - LAKE ALPINE ACCOMMODATIONS

Bear Valley has cabin rentals available.  Check Bear Valley Real Estate for VACATION RENTALS

Bear Valley Lodge has hotel rooms available along with bars and restaurants.  BEAR VALLEY LODGE 

There are rooms available down the road 3 miles at TAMARACK LODGE 

What kind of riding is there in Bear Valley?

Bear Valley has a variety of multi-use single-track trails for mountain bikers and hikers.  There are also many miles of double-track available for exploration.  The LOCAL TRAILS tab above lists the most popular trails nearby with descriptions and ratings for riders.  Bear Valley Trail Stewards organization is working to keep these trails in top shape for riders and hikers alike.

Is there a bike shop in Bear Valley?

Yes, the Bear Valley Adventure Company has a bike shop with repairs as well as many other items below:

The store is stocked with clothing, cool bear t-shirts and sweatshirts, footwear, equipment and supplies from the following great companies: Specialized, Perception, Surftech, Patagonia, Camelbak, Columbia, GoPro, Reef Brazil, Salomon, Smith, Yakima,  & more. Attached to the store is a mini-mart with high energy drinks, snacks, etc. for your outing.

Are there other food options (grocery, restaurants, etc.)?

There are several options for food in Bear Valley - Bear Valley FOOD OPTIONS

There is also a restaurant at Lake Alpine and a camp supply General Store - LAKE ALPINE RESORT

What other events are going on around Bear Valley that same weekend?

Hermit Fest Music Festival - Hermit Valley

Endeavor Challenge - Bear Valley Lodge

Winemakers Dinner at Lake Alpine Lodge on Sunday 9/9 from 5-9pm.  More Info Here

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