A family of three play in the snow during winter in Big Bear Lake.

Outdoor Winter Activities for Non-Skiers & Non-Snowboarders

Posted: 11/30/22

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 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 you can still enjoy your favorite trail in snowshoes. In need of gear? Goldsmith's Sports rents snowshoes plus poles. The Discovery Center also leads snowshoe tours every winter and also provides equipment for pre-registered participants.

Snowshoe adventures and tours in Big Bear Lake in the winter

3. Snow Tubing

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

Tubing and sledding is 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 respect any National Forest closures as these are in place to protect wildlife and the environment.

a woman snow tubing at Big Bear Lake during winter

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 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 snowy friend?

A family builds a snowman by the lake during winter

6. Instagramming

In this day and age, 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 Centers

The 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 taboggan run, Mineshaft Coaster, and Soaring Eagle at Alpine Slide.

8. Helicopter Tours

All 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. Off-Road Tours

Off-roading is a popular choice 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 Off-Road 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.