Outdoor Winter Activities for Non-Skiers & Non-Snowboarders
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.