Two people snowshoe in the forest

Snow Sports And Outdoor Adventures Await

Posted: 11/14/14 | By Tina Hauer

Big Bear is filled with treasures; the gorgeous mountains, the shining sun, towering pines and the fresh air. Treasures of Big Bear Lake extend to the offerings in Big Bear's grand and popular winter season, which include a variety of snow sports and outdoor adventures.

Spending a weekend or enjoying a longer trip in this charming mountain destination is always on my winter list!

To start, check out the extensive zip line experience offered by Action Tours. When the snow hits or before, see Big Bear suspended high in the air and soaring through the pines. You'll get the best view in town! Guided daily (weather permitting) you're certain to enjoy the forest and all the sights, sounds and excitement of wintertime. After checking out those stunning aerial and forest views, you may want to start playing in the snow! Take a short drive down to Big Bear's downtown or Big Bear City and tackle the friendly and safe snow play areas, The Alpine Slide or Bear City Snow play, specifically setup to maintain the runs and areas for you to play in several feet of fresh powder. Typically, the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is open from Thanksgiving weekend to April and Big Bear Snow Play is currently operating daily to April, both kids and adults will have a blast tubing down the snowy hillside or sledding down the icy toboggan run. If you enjoy a few rides or a hundred, checking out this designated snow play area is the place for you!

Segway Tours in Big Bear

Segway tours are also offered during the winter season, giving you a quick and relaxing off road or city tour via motor powered segways. Guided with friendly local experts, the segways are for both adults and kids and offer a quicker-than-on-foot way of seeing several of the high points throughout the valley, especially if there has been recent snowfall to marvel at. Tours can be made over the phone or at the village office in Big Bear’s downtown, and will accommodate your group all winter long.

Big Bear Lake has a variety of indoor activities for visitors who may be trying to entertain themselves or children during the more stormy days and nights of wintertime. Big Bear's Funplex offers exciting laser tag, arcade games, amusement center, black light miniature golf and pizza for the whole gang to enjoy. Just across the street, you'll find a local favorite - The Bowling Barn. The kids can enjoy several games of glow bowling toward the evening and the adults can enjoy the bar and karaoke open late. Enjoy the old fashioned fun and games as a storm or colder weather passes through - you'll be thankful for that cup of hot cocoa!

Do you enjoy westerns? Ever dream of a horseback riding adventure? How about horseback guided tours? Check out the Baldwin Lake stables, offering horseback tours all year long. In the summer sun is one tour, and the winter affords you a whole new experience! Dress warmly for the adventure and prepare ahead by booking reservations in advance.

Big Bear Snow Play

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo (formerly The Moonridge Zoo) is a favorite visit among many new or return vacationers, especially in winter where visiting the animals in their more natural environment brings out better reaction and play time for the creatures that call Big Bear their home. Admission to the local zoo is low cost and goes toward the organization that assists the rehabilitation of animals in the local mountains and beyond, every season. Your whole group will remember viewing the animals in the snow for years to come and when the snow clears you can return to the zoo in summer or fall to visit your new animal friends.

As you can see, Big Bear Lake's array of activities in wintertime extend beyond the sports of skiing and snowboarding and can take you on a new adventure or two during the months when Big Bear can turn into a winter wonderland.

Enjoy your stay!

Kelly Garfield