Winter snow play in Big Bear

Outdoor Winter Activities for Non-Skiers & Non-Snowboarders

Posted: 12/29/21

When the snow flies, Visit Big Bear gets a lot of questions from visitors - what are roads like, do we need chains, how do purchase lift tickets, AND...

What is there to do for non-skiers and snowboarders?

While a majority of winter Big Bear visitors head straight for Snow Summit or Bear Mountain, a great many are also looking for other ways to enjoy the snow. Keep reading for our top picks in,

Winter For the Non-Skier/Boarder

1. Action Zipline, Segway & More

Action Tours operates their Zipline and Segway tours year round. Yes, you can zipline through the snowy forest and cruise through the snow blanketed town! When snow levels permit, Action Tours also leads snowshoe tours with all equipment provided. Book your adventure today.

2. Snowshoeing

All of Big Bear Lake's National Forest trails are open to the public year-round. So when the snow flies, you can still enjoy your favorite route in snowshoes! In need of gear? Goldsmith's Sports rents snowshoes plus poles for $20 a pair.

Also, the Discovery Center leads snowshoe tours every winter and also provides equipment for pre-registered participants.

Snowshoe adventures and tours in Big Bear Lake

3. Snow Tubing

Snow tubing is a favorite of Big Bear visitors. These areas offer tubing in a safe location away from traffic and hazards like rocks and trees. Admission is good all day long and Glow Tubing lets riders continue the fun after dark under the neon lights. The Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play are the most popular tubing locations with a third option at Snow Summit.

Tubing and sledding also permitted on public property - National Forest land - however we ask that you respect the environment and cleanup any broken sled pieces and garbage when you leave an area. Please also respect National Forest closures as these are in place to protect wildlife and the environment.

Tube sledding is a popular winter activity in Big bear

4. Scavenger Hunts

Big Bear has two outdoor scavenger hunt games hosted by Riddle Route and Urban Adventure Quest. These are an easy option for everyone as you only need your smartphone to access the clues that will lead you around The Village and surrounding areas on an educational tour of the town.

5. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

We apologize for the overly used, Frozen inspired question but let's face it, it's winter, in Big Bear, and the snow is right here. Building a snowman is a must, especially if you have little kids in tow. The real question is, will Olaf approve of your work?

A family builds a snowman by the lake

8. Instagramming

In this day and age of social media, you have to share your winter wonderland trip to Big Bear with friends and family. Our only request? Tag @VisitBigBear and #yesbigbear and share your adventures with us!7. Entertainment CentersThe Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snow Play have other recreation options when you've finished on the tubing hill. Hit up the aerial Ropes Course at Big Bear Snow Play and the Alpine Slide, Mineshaft Coaster, and Soaring Eagle at Alpine Slide.8. Helicopter ToursAll of Big Bear's touring companies operate year-round - with the exception of lake tours. Get a bird's eye view of the Valley on an aerial tour with Helicopter Big Bear.

9. Jeep Tours

Off-roading is a popular hobby for many Big Bear visitors. While many routes are open for 4X4 vehicles, take it step further and join a guided tour with Big Bear Jeep Experience.

10. Horseback Riding

Explore the Big Bear outback on a guided horseback tour of the Valley. Baldwin Lake Stables also features a petting zoo for your littles to get up close and personal with the farm animals.