Planning Your Winter Getaway

Tips on traveling safe and planning ahead for coronavirus procedures this winter season.

The coronavirus pandemic has redefined the vacation experience and made outdoor recreation and an escape from urban life the top getaway desires. As we head into the snowy season here in Big Bear Lake, it is important for visitors to put safe travel and respectful visitation at the forefront of vacation plans.

Ski resorts, outdoor recreation, restaurants, and lodging facilities will be enforcing coronavirus guidelines in their daily business operations so we ask that visitors take the time to plan their activities ahead of time to avoid peak crowding time, long waits, and other frustrations that can take away from an enjoyable visit.

Big Bear Mountain Resort

All guests must have a valid lift ticket, season pass, or reservation to receive gated entry access to the Bear Mountain or Snow Summit base areas this winter. At this time, advance reservations are not required at BBMR.

Lift tickets, Grizzly Ridge Tube Park tickets, season passes, and lesson/rental reservations will be available for purchase online, on the BBMR mobile app, at ticket windows, and by calling 844.GO2.BEAR.

Guests must wear face coverings in all public spaces and practice social distancing during their visit.

Please visit the BBMR COVID-19 guidelines webpage for additional info on parking, dining, lift loading, and other on-site operating procedures.


For the safety of everyone, guests at Big Bear Snowplay and the Alpine Slide are required to wear face masks and practice proper distancing and hand washing when visiting.

Both sites are cash only operations. An ATM is on site for guests to use but we highly recommend arriving prepared.

Hours of Operation: From mid-November through Easter, both locations offer day sessions from 10AM - 4 PM and nighttime Glow Tubing sessions on Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays from 5 - 9 PM.

Visit the Big Bear Snow Play website, or Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain website for further info.

Snowshoe Adventure

Big Bear's vast trail system is a snowshoeing paradise in the winter months! Take in the Valley's serene and snowy landscape solo or join an expert lead tour with Action Tours or the Big Bear Discovery Center. Stop by Goldsmith's Sports for snowshoe rentals and get to shoein'!

Adventuring on National Forest trails is a popular activity year-round and we encourage visitors to plan hiking excursions on weekdays - or weekend mornings - so as to avoid the most crowded times. It is highly recommended to carry a mask should you encounter other hikers along your trek.

Adventure Passes are required to park in most trail head parking lots so stop by the Visitor Center or these other locations to pick up a day or annual pass.

Year-Round Adventure

Big Bear's outdoor touring activities are available year-round, offering a unique landscape to enjoy and explore in every season! Experience SoCal's #1 winter wonderland on horseback, zipline, Segway, helicopter, or by Jeep.

Book horseback riding tours with Baldwin Lake Stables.

Book Zipline and Segway adventures with Action Tours.

Book high flying helicopter tours with Helicopter Big Bear.

Book 4X4 Jeep tours with Big Bear Jeep Experience.

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Wintertime is considered peak season in Big Bear Lake so be prepared for lodging rates to rise during this time of year. Consider booking weekdays to save on your getaway, beat the crowds, and avoid heavy traffic.

Safe Winter Driving

By law, all drivers must carry chains in their vehicle while traveling in mountain communities from November 1 to April 1. This includes 4-Wheel drive and All-Wheel drive vehicles. Should CalTrans implement chain controls, drivers will be required to install chains depending on their vehicle type.

Chain control mandates and road conditions can be found for any California area at Be sure to select all alert types under Options, then Road Conditions.

See more safe driving info HERE.