Discover Big Bear's serene backcountry trails on snowshoes or cross country skis.
Discover the beauty of winter in the mountains of Big Bear. Glide through the pines heavy with snow and enjoy the crowned splendor of cross-country ski trails, or explore the backwoods on snowshoes. The great thing about both winter sports is tranquility and untouched beauty surrounds. Silence of the flocked forest speaks to the soul. It is definitely a Zen-like environment that captivates the spirit within. It's just you and nature one-on-one. More..
Open Air Big Bear is a coalition of event producers and organizers of outdoor events and activities in Big Bear Valley. The “Go To” place for everything sporting in Big Bear.
The National Recreation Reservation Service handles reservations for most campgrounds, while some are first-come, first-served, and others reserve through the ranger station.
Bear Valley Bikes is a full service bike shop, which means you can rent from us, or we can fix your bike, find the part you're looking for, or just pick up some last-minute gear or trail maps.
Goldsmith's has outstanding lines of quality boards and skis for both sales and rentals. Snowshoe rentals and trail maps also available.
You might encounter a squirrel or deer, or at least you’ll see an assortment of animal tracks on the snow-covered forest floor. This is a great way to introduce the kids to a new exploration to identifying different animal tracks. The Big Bear Discovery Center sells books on animal tracks and it offers programs on weekends to teach youngsters how to recognize and decipher the variety of wildlife prints in the snow.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing also offer health benefits. Both winter sports provide a natural physical fitness program that goes to a whole different level that a typical indoor gym can’t take you to. This is ideal for anyone who is looking for a mellow, yet effective cardio workout. The great thing about this type of exercise is it’s so much fun and stimulating that it doesn’t even feel like exercise.
Rentals, tours, and trail maps are available at the listed locations above. This winter take advantage of Big Bear’s winter activities and get into the backcountry on cross country skis or snowshoes.
Snowshoe Tour Packages
Snowshoe Tours at the Big Bear Discovery Center are discounted when packaged with lodging. Try a new outdoor winter activity and take-in views of Big Bear's backcountry. Snowshoe tours are offered during the winter months, on Saturday and Sundays only (weather permitting). Book the snowshoe tour package online or call 800-424-4232.