Get out of the grind and back to nature when you visit Big Bear Lake, one of Southern California’s favorite winter destinations. We are expecting more snow throughout the season, so be prepared to have fun! Here are five tips on how to have fun and stay safe during your visit to Big Bear Lake this winter:
Warm clothes are a must in colder mountain temperatures, especially for little ones who will want to tumble, slide and run through the soft, white powder. Wear layers such as turtlenecks, thermals or long sleeved shirts, sweaters or hoodies, a warm jacket and snow pants. Snow boots and thermal socks are a good idea if you plan on playing in the snow and gloves and beanies are recommended for everyone. Bring extras of everything so you can shed the wet clothes and slip into something warm and dry when you’ve had your fill of snow play.
Be Safe – Bring Chains. Tire chains or cables for your vehicle help you drive safely on snowy or icy mountain roads. The law requires you to carry chains in your car throughout the winter months in the mountain areas of California. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for tire sizes and any special instructions, then buy a pair of chains or cables at your local auto supply store before traveling. If you need stop to put on chains while driving up the mountain, please be safe and pull over to the side of the road so cars with chains can safely pass your vehicle. Tip: Practice putting them on in your driveway before reaching any mountain checkpoints. It’ll make your trip to the snow much easier on you! Don’t forget that there are three ways to drive to and from Big Bear.
Bring Your Imagination! Seeing soft piles of snow tends to remind people about the beauty of nature and the nature of playfulness. It stirs the imagination. Visions of building snowmen, snow angels and snow castles are all fun family activities that become possible during your visit to Big Bear’s wonderland of snow. You can stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center at 630 Bartlett Rd. for maps, area suggestions and a $5 Daily Adventure Pass, if needed.
Snow Tubing In Big Bear. Who loves sliding down hills of sparkling snow? We do! Belly up and bum down… just jump on one of the over-sized inner tubes and slide. The Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play offer a safe and fun snow tubing experience. For $30 per person, per day, you’ll have an unlimited pass for winter fun. Children 6 and under ride free with a paying adult. Forget trudging up steep hillsides or rocky terrain – these snow play areas offer a “magic carpet” to reach the top. The less time you spend walking up hills, the more time you have to sled! Both locations offer an indoor area where you can warm up with hot cocoa and snacks for your whole family. Or if you like, pack your lunch and use one of the picnic tables in the viewing area for a fun family outing. When the sun goes down on Friday and Saturday nights, so do the prices. Only $25 per person for a night session. Open daily from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Weekend night sessions from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Alpine Slide is located on 800 Wild Rose Lane and Big Bear Snow Play is located next to Motel 6 at 42825 Big Bear Blvd.
So Cal Ski Resorts. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain offer skiing and snowboarding for all ages. Both are full service ski resorts with lifts, lessons and equipment rentals, restaurants and snack bars, and even a sport shop with a wide array of clothing and accessories. Whether you’re here for a day trip or a weekend getaway, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain should be at the top of your must-see list. From opening day until the end of March you can treat yourself to an awesome day on the mountain. Your lift ticket allows you access to both ski areas so you can double your fun by taking the complimentary shuttle between the resorts. Bear Mountain attracts avid snowboarders and is known for their Freestyle Park that includes freestyle jumps and jibs, a superpipe, half-pipes and other fun features for all levels. Snow Summit has more of a family atmosphere, with a new Children’s Ski School to get kids 3 years and up ready to conquer the mountain. You can drop the kids off for lessons, take a couple of well deserved runs, grab a bite to eat or have a drink at the Skyline Taphouse and pick your little ski pros up when you’re done. Snow Summit is also the home of Grizzly Ridge Tubing Park and there’s a Rock Climbing Wall in the Basecamp for the truly adventurous. Reservations for both resorts are strongly recommended, especially if you plan on scheduling lessons. Big Bear Mountain Resorts is the perfect place to have big fun in the snow!
Want to have the ultimate Big Bear experience? Call the Big Bear Visitors Center at 800-424-4232 to get referrals on for Big Bear lodging, dining, activities and special events. We can help make your winter getaway a memorable one!