Big Bear Mountain Resorts Open for the Season

The time has arrived! Southern California’s favorite ski resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, open for season today.

Opening November 13th, the temperatures are lowering into the 40’s to create the perfect snow making atmosphere in Big Bear’s finest Ski resorts. Located only a mere two hours away from major LA and San Diego cities, you can go from beach to snow within hours on the same day. Where else can you surf and snowboard in the same day? Only in Southern California and at Big Bear Lake’s Mountain Resorts!

Big Bear Mountain Resorts open for seasonAs the fire restrictions lower, the snow starts a-brewing! An unexpected earlier snowfall last week also brought cooler temperatures and the ability to start making snow at the popular resorts! That means that they are opening sooner than their projected Thanksgiving Day weekend. Man-made vs. natural is all the same if you have any trepidations about it looking fake – snow is snow, there is no difference! Since the weather brought early snow and colder weather, you can enjoy the fully open runs at Bear Mountain from top-to-bottom with the use of Chairs 9 and 7 spinning. At Snow Summit you’ll find the Miracle Mile and Chair 4 beginner area ready to go for the tots and the adults to test their skills on the newest powder. Tickets this weekend will be a low-cost $35 per adult. Of course, if you’re like me and a frequent visitor to those gorgeous slopes, I suggest still purchasing a Bear/Summit season pass before they sell out. Like the idea of skiing all season long? Call 1-844-GO2-BEAR and they will hook you up with your new winter hobby over the phone.

Keep in mind, the ticket windows and rentals will open at 8:30 AM with lifts opening from 9 am to 4 pm. After opening on the 13th, Bear Mountain will be weekend only until Dec. 11th. However, Snow Summit will continue to be open 7 days a week for your enjoyment. You can get a head start on the early season and take advantage of the lack of crowds before the Holidays hit by driving up to Big Bear Lake and testing out the freshly open slopes for the weekends ahead of the busier time periods – Bear Mountain and Snow Summit will be happy to be your host – so be sure to check out both mountain resorts while you visit. The best part: tickets are interchangeable and shuttles will soon be running to take you easily from each resort to the other.

If you’re new to the area or new to the resorts, you may be wondering what the difference between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain is. Don’t fret, I can help sort you out: Bear Mountain is mainly a laid-back, chill trick part that offers half pipes, jumps and jibs for the skilled riders who wish to attempt such feats. Snow Summit caters more-so to families and beginners, including offering the biggest training area in Southern California. From beginner to expert levels, they will have you covered (and likely covered in snow too – it’s all a part of fun and learning!) when you sign up for one-one one training or group lessons. Learning a new skill of any kind, but especially a new sport, helps a child or even adult grasp a new skill or technique that they never dreamed possible. Sometimes the help of another person really matters! Sign up today and master the mountain as your speed!

For rentals and equipment you can take advantage of the sales and rentals directly at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, offering complete packages including safety gear and all necessary sporting items. If you want to support local small businesses, you may want to check out Goldsmith’s Board house located a couple blocks from the resort able to also outfit you in plenty of attractive gear for all ages and sizes.

Opening day should be a blast, join in on party at the base areas as they kick off the awesome ’15-16 winter season for skiing and snowboarding in the Big Bear Valley! Pack up some warm clothes, dress in layers, and grab a bite to eat at the mountain because up here at 7,000 feet you’re about to have the best boarding and skiing of your California life all winter long!

Planning for the Upcoming Winter Holiday Season

holiday season in Big Bear villageWith there being only two months left before the upcoming winter holiday season it made me start to think of planning for the winter break. Vacation planning for either a short or long trip, with a large or small family, can be a vacationer’s greatest fear or biggest feat of the year. Traveling has been made more and more adaptable to schedules, websites, learning curves and precious time for the everyday or short-stay travelling man or woman but, when it comes time for a family trip to Big Bear this holiday season we know that getting a head start early allows for better lodging options to fit your needs. With your lodging out of the way, questions such as where to eat, stay or even have fun – they tend to bubble up to the surface and bring with it a truckload of questions and good intentions.

Big Bear Lake is THE premiere winter destination! Home to not just one but two popular full service ski resorts (now under new ownership by Mammoth Mountain) you will have the chance to soar down a snow-filled run like never before! Featuring it all, from bunny slopes to black diamond runs, you and your entire group can ride or ski for a weekend, a holiday or for even a day to experience two of the best resorts in skiing and snowboarding circles. With el niño expected this year to bring more wet weather than in recent years to Big Bear Lake, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to ski or board in the best conditions in years.

From October 19th through October 30th the Big Bear Visitors Bureau will be offering one super sweet deal: Secure your holiday lodging for a small deposit of only $50. You pay the rest 30 days before arrival making it easy to secure your lodging during the sold-out holiday break! This is the first time the Visitors Bureau has offered guests to only pay a small deposit to hold a reservation especially during the holiday season! Just visit for all the details and to search through a variety of lodging options. Finding an appropriate lodge, cabin or hotel can be stressful this time of year as you try and get things done – simplify your time spent and call 1-800-424-4232 today to speak to local, qualified vacation specialists in the Big Bear Valley. You’ll want to check a few items off your vacation wish list such as location (near the slopes or by downtown), access to parking, close to areas of interest among other local tips you can only get by calling the toll free number provided.

Big Bear Lake is a quaint town, so where you stay will be a short trip to almost anywhere from the slopes and snowplay to the nearest grocery store (there are two major chain locations) in town! Taking advantage of early bookings for lodging increases your chances of securing a more decent location, lower prices and even better yet – less stress – from the various questions your family or loved ones are bound to have. With all the free time from the planning stages of going up to Big Bear Lake done and done you’ll have more time to think about the real planning… such as planning for the holidays!

The Park at Bear MountainBig Bear Lake is frequented the most during the winter season, between the months of December-February, and have a high expectation to meet thousands of tourists daily at the two local ski resorts – Snow Summit and Bear Mountain – but they also have a high expectation to bring out the best cheer during the holidays. There is something magical about visiting Big Bear during the winter holiday season – it may be the gently but beautifully decorated downtown village with its warm fire pits and well lit store fronts, or perhaps the music played throughout, or even the smile on everyone’s faces at each store or pub you go into… there is something special about spending your holiday break taking in the crisp mountain air and gazing at the tall pines located at every turn in the bend.

Big Bear Lake doesn’t just offer skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, there is fishing, hiking, mining for gold, sledding, off-roading and tobogganing and even zip line tours. One of my favorite vacation experiences yet was horseback riding in the snow! It’s a unique experience you can’t find in any Southern California neighborhood. So whether you want to hit the slopes or enjoy one of our winter activities or learn the true meaning of “R&R” if you decide you just want a massage or a new dining experience… you’ll find that there is something for everyone.

There’s a reason why you should plan your holiday in Big Bear Lake, and for most people it will be the rare opportunity to possibly see snow for the first time, or the magic of sledding down a hill with your child, or even sipping hot coffee beside a towering furnace, everyone has their own special Big Bear Memories and I hope you return again and again each year to keep spreading the cheer around.

Get Outdoors this Fall for an Adventure

The glorious colors of fall have started to accumulate all around in Big Bear Lake! Soft orange hues, magnificent yellows and contrasting reds are showcased among these mountainous lands as far as the eye can see.

The Big Bear Lake Valley is home to the four glorious seasons of the year – spring, winter, summer  and, of course, Fall. If you live in the inner city, you can sometimes forget the sheer beauty of Mother Nature during her finest time. City life is different than Mountain life – instead of the surrounding sky scrapers, the mountains have tall pines right in your backyard. You may be wondering what could possibly be exciting or adventurous during the fall season here at Big Bear Lake but, on your next weekend or longer get-a-way during the fall, keep in mind the unique activities and events Big Bear has to offer during such a gorgeous time of year:

Mountain Biking Alpine Pedal PathBiking! If you’re coming up to Big Bear and you’re a novice or even a speedster mountain biker, you will be able to experience a ride at 7,000 feet weekends only at Snow Summit. Titled “Snow Summit Summer” the trails typically used for skiers and snowboarders by the thousands in winter is transformed into a bike-riding haven for biker enthusiasts. I love riding the sky chair to the top of the mountainside and taking in the sweeping views. Open on weekends now for the rest of the fall season, you can get a pass and bike around and off the trails for hours. If you’re hungry, stop and grab a kabob or salad at “The View Haus” Restaurant at the top of the mountain high above views of Big Bear Valley – you’ll be certain to see the glorious colors of Big Bear Lake all around you.

Big Bear Lake Village Scarecrow Festival! Running September 25th to November 8th in the Big Bear Lake Village area is the 2nd annual Big Bear Lake Village Scarecrow Festival. During the festival, you’ll be able to find numerous unique homemade Scarecrow standees and craftsmanship from surrounding businesses and properties. This special contest is once a year and celebrated only during the fall season. The merchants compete for best scarecrow in different categories from spookiest to best use of natural materials and you will have your chance to vote for your favorite by October 30th. Ballots can be picked up at different locations including the Big Bear Visitor’s Center at 630 Bartlett Road in The Village. Winners of this charming contest will be announced on Halloween, October 31st.

Off-Roading! The ultimate off-roading adventure is waiting for you at Big Bear Lake. Of course, you can bring your own vehicle and discover the back roads via information from the local Big Bear Lake Discovery Center or you can choose to participate in a tour given by local experts and guides of the area. From Jeeps you can drive off-road yourself to tours off the back roads on an all-terrain Pinzgauer by the pros. Experience the Big Bear Lake forest like never before on these tours designated for all levels and all experiences. The off-road tours are popular all year round.

Action Zip Line Tours

Action Zip Line Tours

Zip lines! The zip lines available in Big Bear are unlike most in Southern California – situated high above the pines on private property you switch between various levels of platforms with gorgeous views of the surrounding valley. Action Tours presents zip lines like you’ve never seen and fall colors like you’ve never dreamed!

Tree Robe climbing! Also by Action Tours, you can climb your way to the top! The colors of the Big Bear area have never been prettier than situated at the top of a tall pine tree. This three hour hands-on tree climbing adventure tour gives you the most unique view at 7,000 feet and beyond. Don’t forget, some of our trees are unique to our Valley, so this experience will be unique to any other. You’ll be guided by professionals on how to shimmy up a tree and how to hold on tight, so what are you waiting for? Go climb a (pine) tree!

Oktoberfest! During the dates of September 12th to October 31st on weekends, you can check out one of Southern California’s favorite festivals – the Oktoberfest! A favorite event of every age, it offers more than just high-energy German music, beer and food – it also offers, contests (such as stein-carrying and yodeling), games, dancing and unique local vendors and crafts. Held every year at the Big Bear Valley Convention Center, you can even get a FREE ride home if you’ve had a little too much fun. I’ve personally experienced the Oktoberfest every year and it just keeps getting better and better! On Saturdays the festival runs from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight so be sure to buy tickets ahead of time to avoid longer lines. If you decide to visit the Oktoberfest on Sunday, you’ll find a more family friendly experience since the doors close at 5:30 PM. Be sure to take a spin on the giant dance floor! Please remember to drink responsibly and take advantage of the free shuttles both to and from the venue.


Fall Fishing in Big Bear Lake

If you want to get out of bed and into the great outdoors, perhaps you should grab a rod and bait and reel in some adventure! Big Bear Lake covers 22 miles of shoreline which means there are a lot of different areas to fish from! What better way to see the beauty of the Big Bear Valley than by standing at the edge of the water, serene and peaceful, with beauty all around? Even if you don’t have your own gear, you can rent your rod and reel from various local shops around Big Bear itself. If you are over 16 years of age, please be sure to purchase a California Fishing permit from a marina or sporting goods store to make sure you abide by county laws. Don’t worry, it won’t break the bank at around $13 per person for the daily license. There are several recommended areas to fish from around these parts – take a look at the North Shore area, Stanfield Cutoff and Boulder Bay.

End of Summer Activities in Big Bear

As the temps cool off and the end of summer quickly approaches, you may feel it is time to get outdoors and enjoy some last minute relaxation or accomplish some activities or events you’ve, perhaps, never tried before. Big Bear Lake is the perfect place to visit! Here are our favorite end of summer activities to create memories to last you through the months ahead.

Learn to Off-Road with Big Bear Jeep Experience

Learn to Off-Road with Big Bear Jeep Experience

There are two different off-roading Tours to enjoy out in Big Bear Lake– “Big Bear Off-Road Adventures” and “Big Bear Jeep Experience.” For the Jeep tour, depending on age and experience, YOU or a friend get to drive the Jeep and follow your guide down a rocky or mild terrain of your choice! Places such as Skyline, Pine Knot trail and unique back roads are up for exploring! They even offer a children’s mining experience for the under 14 years of age crowd. The trails they take you on go from easy to experience-is-necessary and is considered the coolest off-roading experience in the valley. The Big Bear Off-Road Adventures is Big Bear’s ONLY and ORIGINAL fully year round 4 wheel drive tour which includes varied trips and locations, from meadows to mountains. There are group discounts available as well as different tours for all types of participants varying on age. Big Bear Off-Road Adventure takes you in a Pinzgauer off-road vehicle and you can savor the sights of Wild Horse Meadow, Lodge pole Pine and more on this terrific trip.

Fishing isn’t just for the guys! My kids love the great outdoors and the water, so why not combine the two – Mom can even help! Any person(s) over 16 years of age will require a standard California state fishing license available in numerous sporting goods shops and local marinas. If you wish to help your child reel in a fish or fix a snare, you’ll need a license even if you aren’t technically “fishing” out in the lake, trust me, I learned the hard way that fines can be upwards of $250! Better to play it safe when fishing in Big Bear Lake.

Views from Snow Summit's Scenic Sky Chair

Views from Snow Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair

There are a variety of lures, bait and capturing devices out there to fish with in Big Bear Lake. You can purchase the equipment locally at sporting goods stores, Kmart and at a bait shop at several marinas in town and get some advice of the current fishing conditions. Cast off and have fun!

For biking enthusiasts, there isn’t a better collection of trails on the horizon than Big Bear Lake’s own Snow Summit Bike Park, appropriately titled Snow Summit Summer. Featuring exclusive features you can’t find anywhere else (it is the only downhill park in California), such as jumps, downhill groomed trails, skill builder parks and cross-country biking. For an additional charge, you can even include lunch at the delicious View Haus Restaurant, the perfect place to dine in and capture amazing views of the Big Bear Lake Valley. If you don’t want to ride the Scenic Sky Chair or have a fear of heights you can still choose a trail around the valley to ride your bike for a variety of levels. If a riding on the bike trail isn’t in your plans, check out a hike! Better yet, check out a guided hike. Explore the surrounding National Forest and learn more about Southern California’s habitats from a Mountains Foundation Naturalist on a 3-mile hike geared for anyone looking for a new adventure. The Tours meet at the base of Snow Summit Resort in front of the larger Trail Map up front. With this tour, you can definitely see the forest through new eyes! For more information please contact the Big Bear Discovery Center at 909-382-2790 or the to secure your trip.

Action Zip Line Tours

Action Zip Line Tours

As the colors change, you’ll find no better view than by taking a tour with Action Zip Lines! Forest meets fun in an exciting, 3 hour adventure suspended in the trees. A round trip and fully guided tour costs $120 per person and will provide you with the necessary instructions and training for a tour in the Big Bear Valley. This fine tour starts off with smaller zips as well as a training area in order to get you accustomed to moving in a harness and bounding through the trees. Both the young and old will get the thrill of a lifetime with this exciting tour! The Big Bear tour includes 9 high-speed-runs and a suspension bridge!

Looking for a new Big Bear Lake adventure to be remembered? Kids will have a blast at the Big Bear Gold Rush Mining experience! Starting at just $10 and up kids, teens and even adults can enjoy mining for REAL treasures in an old fashioned mining sleuth complete with a covering and a geode cracker at the ready if you want to knock open your own mined rock for the glowing, earthly treasures crystalized inside. The grounds also feature a wind mill, gift shop, resort rental office and displays. Absolutely nobody goes home empty handed and no two bags of mining ore or pay-dirt are exactly the same at this mining adventure. Take home the best souvenir in Big Bear! If this floats your boat, check out their newest tour: The Ancient Sea Treasure hunt, featuring even more new and unique fossils, gems and even… shark teeth! Instead of mining bags or buckets, you’ll receive your very own mini treasure tank featuring anything and everything from the sea. The Gold Rush Mining offices open their doors in sun, rain or even snow. You can always find something to do in Big Bear Lake, young or old, all year long!

As the colors change in this vast mountain range, you’ll never run short of fun and exciting items to participate in at Big Bear Lake, let your imagination run wild! Come up to 7,000 feet and explore nature at the finest point in time.

Labor Day Weekend Activities

Do you recall your last Labor Day weekend? Do you remember your last trip to the mountains? Make this Labor Day memorable, and spend it in Big Bear Lake.

A charming mountain community boasting a serene lake with 20+ miles of shoreline, you’re bound to find an activity – or even a yard sale – to fit your three day weekend. As a community member of this resort town, I’m happy to blog about Big Bear Lake’s finest.


Beautiful Summer View in Big Bear Lake, CA

Boating is an activity for both young and old(er) and is one of the more prominent water activities here. In a town with 6 full service marinas and 2 public boat launch ramps, you can partake in this sport so long as you have a standard driver’s license. From pontoon boats with ample shade from the sun to speed boats equipped with the best motors, there is little better than fishing from your own boat or traversing a small cove on the blue waters of our lake. You may have heard that the lake level is lower this year but, don’t worry, there is still plenty of lakeside fun to be had! You won’t miss anything if you choose to take a guided boat tour of the gorgeous lake, with a kind guide at-the-ready with historic and interesting Big Bear Lake facts. You can pick from 4 different boats to tour upon for an hour and a half – The Pine Knot Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Boat, The Big Bear Queen, Holloway’s Time Bandit Pirate Ship and the Captain John’s Cruise Boat. Be sure to bring your camera, sunscreen and a hat before setting foot on the boat for a great experience!

Water sports and Jet Ski rentals also happen to be popular on Big Bear Lake, and are sure to give you a thrill! Start off slow and take a lesson with a pro and you’ll be off and flying on a wakeboard in no time. Kids especially love to try the “snowboarding” of water sports, and wake boarding school is available for all ages throughout the summer season on Big Bear Lake. While enjoying your holiday, you can also rent a Kayak or Canoe for two and sail along the gorgeous shoreline. Picnicking by the shore is a great way to have lunch with an amazing view – I suggest Meadow’s Edge Picnic area on the North Shore – and there are even barbecues for your use. Just keep in mind when parking in the National Forest that a $5 Adventure Pass is required during your trip when parking your vehicle off-road. However, the rest of the town will be available with FREE parking at every location.

Driving around Big Bear Lake during Labor Day weekend, especially in a residential area, you’ll run into an assortment of treasures and odds-n-ends for sale at the locals’ yard sales. Labor Day is considered the most popular day in the USA to go on treasure hunts, and Big Bear Lake’s unique rustic atmosphere is bound to offer a different assortment of items to find.

Looking for something cool to do this Labor Day weekend? Check out the rod riders of Big Bear’s Cool Run in the Mountains car show. Featuring 20 awards, classic and vintage cars, raffles and 50/50 drawings – this event takes place September 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM at 42825 Big Bear Blvd next door to the previously mentioned Big Bear Speedway. Check it out on your own or with the whole gang! You can even invite Fido (so long as/he is leashed).


Mining for Treasure

Do your kids get bored easily? Even over the holidays? It’s hard to imagine a bored child in Big Bear but, it’s happens and one company in particular strives to take the boredom out of the kid with their “Ancient Sea” Treasure Hunts. You pick the adventure and select a different treasure tank filled with precious treasures: shells, gemstones, sea life… even shark teeth! You then take your chest and use the provided sleuth to “mine” for the treasures. It’s a really popular activity, and one to surely take the boredom out of anyone’s day.

Check out the newest sport craze to hit our small mountain community – Tree rope climbing! Featuring aerial views and a course in climbing with experts, you get the full scope of a tour through the trees with Action Tree rope climbing tours. Their motto is safety first, fun second – so you don’t have to worry about training or specific exercises – they will guide you with the skills and determination of a pro. Each tours lasts 3 hours and costs $101 per person. Climbing trees like a kid has never been easier here in Big Bear Lake!

sunset helicopter tour

Sunset Helicopter Tour

Try something different during your three-day-weekend! Check out the Segway Tours offered by Action Tours. Take a ride on a X2 Segway for an incredible 2 hours through their unique town and forest tours. Learn the history of big Bear from reliable and educated guides, all the while speeding along on your Segway. The tours are even offered year round! As you speed past the tall pines and views of the lake, you’ll remember why the call this holiday a three-day-weekend.

Thanks for reading. We hope you have a fun and amazing Labor Day Weekend in Big Bear Lake, CA!

Your Key to Beat the Heat this Labor Day Weekend

That summer heat can be unbearable! Especially as it creeps up to triple digits, nothing is less enjoyable than sitting in your living room sweating.

If you’re tired of sweltering temperatures in Southern California, it’s time for a mountain getaway to Big Bear Lake. Escape the heat and experience the mountains! After one dip in the cool lake or an early morning hike, memories of afternoons feeling like you’re in a sauna will slip away.

It’s nothing but refreshing up here.

Perfect timing too! Labor Day is just around the corner. This iconic three-day weekend is your perfect excuse to pack up and head to a higher elevation.

On top of that, Big Bear goes all out to celebrate the holiday. So for your upcoming Big Bear excursion, here are some of our favorite recommendations.


mem-wknd-eblast-580-x-300During the summer, the lake is our favorite place to be! The whole village revolves around the water. It’s probably because the fresh mountain water always stays cool. Especially for those last weeks of summer, the water temperature is absolutely perfect.

We love the water sports up here so much we dedicated an entire article to it!

Canoe/ Kayaking
Of course there are other great things you can do up here if you’re not keen on the water scene. There’s mountain biking, zip lining, golfing, hiking and more. Check out the full fall lineup of activities her

Labor Day Festivities

While there is always something to do in Big Bear, we put together some special events every Labor Day.

Music in the Mountains

Wrapping up the last weeks of the summer, the Music in the Mountains concert series always delights guests. Currently celebrating their 10th season, this concert series is fun for all ages.

Labor Day weekend will be their season finale.

Jim Curry, A Tribute to the Music of John Denver
Saturday, September 5th
6pm to 9:30pm
Ticket Information

Art on the Corner

Music, art and wine- what more could you want? This new art show features the best fine art and craftsmanship in the area.

Saturday & Sunday, September 5th-6th
The Xmas Tree Lot at Pine Knot and Village Drive

Fall Festivities Continued…

Labor Day weekend isn’t the only excuse to visit Big Bear. In fact, with the changing leaves and cool crisp mountain air, fall is our favorite season.

The fall Big Bear Village event line up continues well into October!

12th Annual Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails

This is the biggest fall time snowboard event out there! This annual event kicks off the winter season with 40 pros competing for some sweet prizes.

Saturday, September 19th


This event serves up everything from classic German food to dancing to stein carrying contests. And how could we forget about the log sawing competition? This event never fails to provide anything short of a stupendous time! In fact, it’s the #1 ranked Oktoberfest in all of Southern California.

Weekends: September 19th- October 31st
Saturdays: Noon–Midnight
Sundays: Noon–5:30pm
Big Bear Lake Convention Center


We know you have lots of different options to choose from. From cozy mountain hideaways to rustic cabins, Big Bear offers it all.

At International Travelers House, we go above and beyond to provide more than just “lodging.” Our Mountain Adventure Lodge has all the essentials: comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi and a gorgeous fireplace to curl up next to.

Staying at an ITH property goes far beyond the basics.

It’s an experience. From two free, home-cooked meals each day to free adventures, we emphasize the adventure side of your vacation. Did we mention we have a speedboat? We also have game rooms, volleyball courts and more.

No matter what weekend you decide to visit Big Bear, you can guarantee a memorable experience when stay at the Mountain Adventure Lodge.

Unique and Fun Summer Activities

The last month of summer vacation is here! It’s time to set up the BBQs and stick your feet in the lake! Summer in California offers a unique advantage over other states – we have plenty of seasons and varied destinations including Big Bear Lake located in sunny Southern California! With over 22 miles of lakeside shoreline and with temperatures never soaring higher than an average 85 degrees, you can beat the heat in this small mountain town, starting with numerous unique and fun outdoor activities all summer long.

Let’s take a look at some of these unique summer activities Big Bear has to offer:

Action Tree Climbing

Action Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing by Action Tours – Ever wanted to face the treetops and gaze at the land beyond? Then climb a tree! New to the valet this year, Action Tours offers yet another hands-on-friendly-adventure in the Big Bear Lake area. Their motto is safety first, fun second. Tree rope climbing is 3 hour guided tour, and a must for all adventure-seekers looking just to “hang out” this summer in Big Bear.

Wakeboarding – Our marina’s offer training and a certified boat driver in order to get the most fun out of Wakeboarding. You will learn how to stand on the wake board and learn all the tips and tricks of the wake boarding trade in order to have the most fun on the water!

Fly boarding by Action Tours – If you are looking for a trip on the waters of pristine Big Bear Lake, look no further than the Fly boarding adventure for the ultimate lakeside thrill. Be propelled into the air by jets of water streaming from your hands and an experience a new way to fly. Taking notes from the popular series “Iron Man” you can be just like your favorite hero and “Fly” around on the waters. There are trained handlers with every flight, and starts at $135 per person. Action Tours also offers a military discount for all you thrill seekers!


Big Bear Jeep Experience – Off Roading

Off-Roading Jeeps and Tours – The Big Bear Jeep Experience and Big Bear Off-Road Adventures offer two different off-road tours. For the Big Bear Jeep Experience tours, depending on age and experience, YOU get to drive the Jeep and follow the tour guide. Places such as Holcomb Valley and Skyline are up for exploration! They even offer a kid friendly mining experience. The trails they take you on go from mild to rugged and is considered an ultimate off-roading experience in the valley. The Big Bear Off-Road Adventures is a year round 4 wheel drive tour with group discounts available as well as different tours for all types of participants ranging from small to old. They take you on a Pinzgauer vehicle and can enjoy the sights of Wild Horse Meadow, Lodgepole Pine and many more on this terrific trip.

Helicopter Big Bear – If you’re looking for the ultimate thrill, look no further than 2-3 personal helicopter tour around the valley and back again. They consider themselves Big Bear’s most unique attraction and offer an aerial view like no others. Pricing starts at just $35 per person and seeing the sights from high above will make you come back and explore more from the ground. Take a new tour during each trip to Big Bear Lake, such as Tour Tango or Alpha. With your expert guides, Big Bear Lake has never looked better!

Big Bear Girls’ Getaway Weekend Ideas

To all the ladies who need a weekend to slip away to focus on rejuvenation and good times, Big Bear has exactly what you are looking for. Our cherished mountain home skillfully blends rustic charm with serenity, while whetting your appetite for adventure. Just a short drive from both LA and San Diego, this affordable destination will be just what the doctor ordered for your next girls getaway weekend.

For your weekend celebrating all the fabulous ladies in your life, here’s the insider’s guide to Big Bear.

For that Wild Side

An adrenaline rush isn’t just for the guys. That wild side calling out for good times doesn’t distinguish. So, for the ladies itching for adventure, strap on a helmet and hold on for the top Big Bear conquests.

-Jet Skiing-

Thrill seekers go no farther. Just hop on a jet ski and let ‘er rip! Feel the rush as you whisk around the lake with ease.

-Big Bear Speedway-

Racers start your engines. Then, buckle up because this kart-racing route is more than two miles long, averaging 10-14 laps per heat.

-Zip Lining-

Need for speed has been the theme for Big Bear. Zip lining is no different. Reaching speeds of over 40 mph as you soar through the trees, this adventure isn’t for the faint of heart.

For Rejuvenation

Let the stress ease away as you focus on revitalization. Between the fresh air and stunning scenery, the mountains are just good for the soul. If you are seeking the powers of rejuvenation, these activities will leave you renewed and full of energy. Before you know it, you will be up for anything life feels like throwing your way.


Tranquility has a new meaning after silently gliding over the lake. Explore new coves. Take in the wildlife. Go at a different pace. Slowing down in a kayak will help you experience life at a deeper level.

-Horseback Riding-

Saddle up cowgirl; horseback riding on Big Bear’s backwoods trails is awe-inspiring. Especially if you sneak away during the winter, the calmness and stillness in the woods is a new type of serenity.

-Massages & Spas-

You can’t talk girls’ weekend without a spa day. Big Bear has a fantastic lineup of spas and salons for the full pampering experience.

For Hibernation

No matter your adventure level, at some point you and your tribe of ladies will need to crash. But, that doesn’t mean the experience goes to rest. Here are three different lodging options to maximize experience without giving up the amenities of home.

The best part is they all come with FREE home-cooked breakfasts and dinners.


May we present glamping—the art of luxurious camping while keeping true to your glamorous self. Hey, camping isn’t for everyone. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the same opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. So, grab a sleeping bag, a tent and your sense of adventure for a night outdoors.

This specialty experience is courtesy of International Traveler’s House and is housed at the Camp 49er.


-Private Hostel Dorm Room-

If you’re looking for a lively community to call home for the weekend, then International Traveler’s House is your place. With private dorm style rooms, you and your cohorts can each enjoy your own bed but still keep conversations going into the wee hours of the night. Added perk: few things compare to curling up next to an enormous fireplace.


If you are looking to set your bachelorette party apart or just want to sneak away with the ladies for a girls getaway weekend, Big Bear is your ultimate getaway destination. For fun, adventure and rejuvenation, we have it all.

Top Lake Activities in Big Bear

Summer is just around the corner, and with warmer temperatures comes lake activities. At Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge, we are huge fans of everything water related! From splashing, to gliding to enjoying a jaunt around the lake, there are countless ways to experience our pristine lake.

Any adrenaline junkies itching to get out and ride the wakes out there? If so, here are your top two Big Bear lake activities:

Waterskiing, Wakeskating & Wakeboarding

Few things compare to the rush of the waves beneath you as you glide over the water. We don’t discriminate between boards or skis, just as long as you’re having a good time.

Boating - Lake Activities Big BearHaven’t heard of wake skating? Well the thrill seeker in you is about to rejoice. This is the next step after conquering wakeboarding. No longer strapped to the board, this wakeboarding adaptation brings a new challenge to the water. Similar to skateboarding, wakeskating boards are covered with grip tape and give you the chance to try out a whole spectrum of new tricks.

Here are four places for rentals:
• North Shore Landing
• Holloway’s Marina
• Designated Wakesports
• Big Bear Marina

Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is the ultimate racing experience! Even if you’ve never done it, this sport is easy to learn.

• Big Bear Marina
• North Shore Landing
• Designated Wakesports
• Pine Knot Marina Parasail & Waverunners

We are firm believers that no matter your style, there are countless ways to enjoy Big Bear. So, for the mellow at heart, here are two lake activities to enjoy the tranquility of the lake:


Enjoy the thrill of reeling in the big one! This pastime is perfect for heading out solo, with groups or one on one. No matter your style, by boat or from the shore, it’s going to be a memorable affair.

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Rather than speed, choose instead the serenity of gliding across the lake. You’ll have a whole new view of Big Bear by going at a different pace. See if you can find any lily pads or new coves just waiting to be explored.

Summer in Big Bear creates countless opportunities to explore new adventures on the lake! Make your getaway a memorable one by staying at Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge. We are built on the foundation of proving memorable events for our guests. We even take our guests out on various adventures in the summer, including boating!

And the boat is officially up and running for the season!

And there’s nothing better than finishing up a long day playing on the lake with a home-cooked meal. As it turns out, home-cooked meals are our specialty! We serve up two of them daily to guests. All complimentary.

So, if you are looking to make the most of your Big Bear getaway this year, consider Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge.


Memorial Day Weekend Activities & Events

Big Bear Lake is a popular resort destination for Southern California and many visit during Memorial Day Weekend to kick-off the summer season!

I thought it would be a great idea to take a look at the various events and activities going on around this small resort community located in the San Bernardino Mountain range at 7,000+ feet this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the 25th of May.

Memorial Day is a national celebration that started on May 30th 1868, as a day representing the memories and lives of fallen veterans throughout history and takes place on the last Monday of May each year. Celebrations and parades are typically held and found among various larger city dwellings, and usually there are ceremonies and fireworks displays in honor of the past.

mem-wknd-eblast-580-x-300I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Big Bear Lake multiple times in the past and always take an outing on holidays due to the small resort community only being around a two hour drive from my Los Angeles home. I pack up the little ones (and the family dog too – Big Bear is very pet friendly!) and we are just a short ride away from seasonal snow, a gorgeous lake and boating, or a hike through the tall pines. Quite a contrast from the city dwellings and wasteland of LA! Memorial Day is a great excuse to get up to Big Bear Lake and experience the wealth of activities and events going on during the holiday. Let’s check them out!

Big Bear Lake event organizers hold the 3rd annual Memorial Day 5K Fun Run in honor of the veterans and to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. The race offers a scenic and challenging race over the various terrain of the valley along the border of the National Forest. It starts around 7 AM and features a lifestyle expo. Take a look at or to see how to sign up. Even if you don’t race, it’s always fun to be a spectator!

The Antique Car Club Show and Shine offers fun for the entire family! Located at the Big Bear Snow Play parking area, you can check out rare and vintage automobiles. There isn’t any charge and the location is just outside the city!

The Big Bear Lake History Museum opens for the season on Memorial Weekend. Your kids will love checking out the local artifacts that are on display. Located close to the airport, you can also take a look around Big Bear City and the local restaurants and businesses located there.

Scenic Sky Chair at Snow SummitWith a name like Big Bear Lake I’m sure you’re expecting a lake, right? Well, Big Bear Lake is open and ready for boating, swimming and general lake activities – the lakeside parks are also open to use for BBQs and picnicking. Rent a boat at any one of the fine marinas around town and experience all the views and wonder Big Bear has to offer from the forefront of the water. Perhaps check out the very popular Time Bandit Boat Tour located at Holloway’s Marina – my kids love seeing the crew in authentic pirate costume and watching the coast from the deck of the ship. On May 24th Captain John’s Marina is hosting a summer kick-off party from 12 Noon to 3 PM. There will be a catered Tropical BBQ, Vintage Bohemian Shopping with the Wild Banshees and their Fashion Truck along with live music by One Story for your entertainment.

Take a walk around the Village in downtown and you’ll find plenty of local shops and eateries. You’ll also come across The Cave, a larger event venue which typically offers live music or shows. On Memorial Day weekend, you’ll find Stephen Pearcy at The Cave. He’s the Lead vocalist and song writer for the mega platinum rock band “RATT” performing at The Cave on May 23rd starting at 7 PM until 9 PM.

Hiking trails are a great way to see the beautiful Big Bear Valley, and are relatively FREE! All you need is an Adventure Pass at $5 per car to park in the National Forested areas. Hikes range from kid-friendly and beginner to moderate and expert for all sizes of legs and gaits. Trails are pet friendly, just keep them on a leash. Some of my family’s favorite hikes include the guided nature walk at the Discovery Center and the Woodland Trail just across the way from the Alpine Peddle Path – there is even a bike rental shop called Paddles and Peddles stationed at the start. If you’re looking for a hike with STUNNING views and picturesque landscape, definitely take a hike up Castle Rock Trail – you won’t regret it!

If you are interested in mountain biking, there are plenty of options. Take a ride on the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair and hit the trails on their Bike Park. There are also guided mountain bike tours or rent a bike and create your own adventure.

As you can see, there are tons of events and activities to be found over Memorial Weekend – and at 7,000 feet, you are sure to live it up! If you are interested in saving money on your vacation, visit’s Memorial Weekend Ideas & Deals page.

– So Cal Adventurer