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Bear Valley expands for new ski season

    Skiers and snowboarders will have more room to roam when they visit Bear Valley Ski Area this year.
    Bear Valley has announced that it is opening the 2010-11 ski and snowboard season with 400 acres of new terrain. The new acreage is on the sunny southern slope of the main ski area, accessible via the Kuma and Koala chairs. It features intermediate and advanced terrain, said Rosie Sundell, senior director of marketing at Bear Valley.
    Sundell said the new section makes Bear Valley the seventh-largest ski resort in the state, with more than 1,680 acres of ski terrain, surpassing Sugar Bowl near Lake Tahoe.
    Skiers and riders who take advantage of the new area at Bear Valley will have an opportunity to ride and slide through challenging grades and chutes, Sundell said. Once at the bottom, a shuttle will drive them back to the chairlift at base lodge for another run.
    Bear Valley is the only California winter sports resort to expand its ski terrain this season.
    “Bear Valley continues its commitment to provide our guests with the best terrain, grooming and services in the Sierras,” said Jim Gentling, general manager of the resort, in a news release. “This season is no exception. We’ve pulled out all the stops to offer 400 new acres and 12 new trails that will provide intermediate and advanced skiers and riders with a new and exciting adventure. All summer long we’ve been busy getting Bear Valley ready for the winter, and our new acreage is going to make this one of our best seasons ever.”
    Bear Valley is sponsoring an online contest, at www.bearvalley.com/season-pass-name-the-new-bowl, to name the new acreage. The winner will be awarded a 2010-11 season pass.
    On tap later in the ski season, Bear Valley will host the second California Senior Winter Games from March 11 to 13, 2011. The event is sponsored by the California Senior Games Association. Men and women 50 and older can compete in the Olympic-style event that offers competition in downhill and cross-country skiing, boarding, snowshoeing and other events. Competitors who want to hone their skills can begin practicing at a series of clinics that will start in December.
    Bear Valley will host its annual Winter Preview at Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Tough Mudder volunteers and local participants will be honored at the kick off celebration. Local wines and appetizers will be served. Guests are asked to RSVP on the company’s Web site, www.bearvalley.com, beginning Nov. 1.

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