Snow makers spray snow on Snow Summit slopes

Quick Winter Getaway

Posted: 02/02/14 | By Kelly Garfield

Imagine your perfect, quick winter Big Bear Lake! The rising temperatures throughout Southern California do not hinder the snowmaking capabilities at Big Bear's two popular mountain resorts – Snow Summit and Bear Mountain.

Boasting several open and favored runs, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit combine the best of both worlds – family fun and trick park atmosphere. Ever ski or snowboard in perfect warm weather? Now's your chance! Big Bear remains one of LA's best weekend destinations despite warmer temperatures throughout the Southland.

Snow Summit ski conditions

Besides the snow at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, you'll find everything during your quick winter getaway you need to keep the fun levels running high. There are two restaurants, full-service bars, equipment rentals and sessions for training. The area is abundant with helpful staff and even locals to help guide you during your trip to the resorts. Snow Summit is just two miles from Big Bear's downtown Village area, where you'll find everything you need within a short distance during your ski or snowboard trip including: movie theaters, dining, shopping, art galleries and a bowling alley. The newly renovated Village provides fire pits for those cooler nights as well as a brand new concert venue, The Cave, where you can see a live show almost every weekend. The local candy, tea and coffee shops will help keep you fueled your entire trip! Need a map or a local tip? Visit the Big Bear Visitor's Center in the Village at 630 Bartlett Road from 9 AM to 5 PM and a worker there will ensure you find the adventure right for you and your guests. If you aren’t looking to ski or snowboard, perhaps a hike in the forest or zip line tour is more your style.

Still looking for snow? There are not one but TWO snow play and tubing hills in Big Bear Lake, complete with as much as two feet of freshly groomed snow. The admission price includes the use of a tube for sliding down the snowy runs. It's the perfect adventure for kids and adults alike! Big Bear is just under a two hour trip for most LA residents, and kids will enjoy the snow tubing, local parks or Zoo as the weather remains perfect for any activity Big Bear currently has to offer.

Why stay home all weekend long? The short trip to Big Bear offers the perfect quick winter getaway for travelers looking to enjoy the snow without all the fuss.

-Kelly Garfield