A young snowboarder slides across a rail during a lesson. His instructor looks on.

Christmas Gifts That Last A Lifetime!

Posted: 11/21/23

Think outside the gift box this holiday season with gifts that last beyond the holiday.

Gift Big Bear Skiing & Snowboarding!

Big Bear boasts the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in Southern California, so why not gift this unforgettable experience to a loved one this holiday season? Learning to ski or snowboard is a lifelong skill that gives access to an exciting activity enjoyed world-round. Big Bear's two ski resorts offer beginner terrain where new pupils can learn skiing and snowboarding in a safe and controlled environment. Highly qualified instructors at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are committed to teaching the fundamentals while keeping things fun.

Lift Tickets

Gift a Full Day lift ticket for 1, 2, or 3 days valid at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Pricing is age and day-of-week based. Half Day tickets are valid in the later half of the day at both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. On select nights, Snow Summit stays open after hours for Night Sessions. These tickets are valid from 3 - 8:30 PM.


Season Passes

Gift an entire winter season at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain with Season Pass options.


Ski & Snowboard Lessons

First timers on the slopes are recommended to take lessons from professional ski and snowboard instructors. Lessons cover everything from proper equipment use, to chairlift safety, to proper ski and snowboard technique. Book group or private lessons. Lessons aren't just for beginners either, intermediate and advanced skiers and riders can also benefit from skill building lessons.


Ski & Snowboard Rentals

Perhaps your gift recipient already has the skills just not the equipment. Reserve rental skis and snowboards in Big Bear.


An instructor guides a student on a snowboard at Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake, CA.

Give to the Environment: Adopt a Trail, Shoreline, or Animal!

Big Bear places environmental sustainability at the forefront of National Forest recreation, lake activity, and tourism. Be part of the effort to preserve our natural environment for generations to come when you donate to one of Big Bear's wildlife programs.

Adopt An Animal

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo provides a life long home for injured and imprinted wildlife than cannot be returned to the wild. Sponsorship provides the animals with food and loving care to maximize their health and quality of life.


Adopt A Trail

The Southern California Mountains Foundation strives to connect communities to public lands by hosting programs such as the Big Bear Trails Program that works to maintain the valley's forest trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Individuals and groups alike have the opportunity to Adopt-A-Trail and help support the Trails Program with maintenance costs.


Adopt A Shoreline

The Big Bear Municipal Water District is responsible to maintaining lake conditions for recreation and wildlife. Help them on their mission when you Adopt-a-Shoreline - or trash can - and help keep that specific area clean throughout the season.


A wooden marker directs to a designated trail in Big Bear Lake, part of the San Bernardino National Forest.