A little girl enjoys the snowy winter

It's Wintertime! How to Have Fun in Big Bear

Posted: 01/03/22

Few places in Southern California offer opportunities for a snowy winter, and even fewer places do winter as well as Big Bear Lake, California! As Southern California’s favorite winter destination, be prepared to have fun with these tips on enjoying the snow and staying safe during your visit.

Warm clothes are a must!

Warm clothes are a must in colder mountain temperatures. Especially for little ones who will want to tumble, slide and run through the snow. Layer up with thermals and other long sleeved shirts, sweaters or hoodies. A warm, waterproof jacket and snow pants are also encouraged for any snow play or sports. Snow boots and thermal socks are a great idea if you plan on snowshoeing or tubing. Also, be sure to protect your hands and ears with warm gloves and hats. Bring extras of everything so you can shed any wet clothes and slip into something warm and dry when you’ve had your fill of snow play.

Be Safe - Bring Chains!

Tire chains, cables, and other traction devices help your vehicle manage snowy and icy roads. The law requires you to carry chains or other DOT (Department of Transportation) approved traction in your vehicle from November 1 through April 1. 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 pull over to the side of the road so other cars can safely pass you.

Tip: Practice putting chains 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!

Snow has a way of stirring our imaginations and sense of playfulness. Visions of building snowmen, creating snow angels and snow ball fights are all fun family activities in Big Bear’s winter wonderland. Need some inspiration? You can stop by the Big Bear Visitors Center for maps, area suggestions and a $5 Daily Adventure Pass, if needed.

Look For Unique Activities

Skiing and sledding are obvious winter activities everyone can enjoy, but while you're in town, seek out some of our more 'uniquely Big Bear' experiences like:

Snow Tubing In Big Bear

The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play offer a safe and fun snow tubing experience. Children 6 and under ride free with a paying adult and you can forget about trudging up steep hillsides or rocky terrain – both of these snow play areas offer a “magic carpet” ride 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, snacks, and an indoor arcade. When the sun goes down on Friday and Saturday nights, the neon lights come on and glow tubing begins!

SoCal Ski Resorts

Big Bear Mountain Resorts features two ski resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Both locations offer skiing and snowboarding for all ages and abilities and are full service ski resorts with lifts, lessons, equipment rentals, restaurants and snack bars, and even sport shops 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.

Snow Summit is also the home of Grizzly Ridge Tubing Park as well as summer sports in the Spring through Fall.

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!

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