Planning Your Winter Getaway

Tips on traveling smart and planning ahead this winter season.

As we head into the snowy season here in Big Bear Lake, it is important for visitors to prioritize safe travel, respectful visitation, and thorough planning. Taking the time to plan activities ahead of time helps to avoid peak crowding time, long waits, and other frustrations that can take away from an enjoyable visit.

Winter forest landscape in Big bear Lake

Don't Get Stuck!

If you're planning a day trip during snow season, you must consider weather when traveling. Weather conditions may make it impossible to drive back down the hill, and winter lodging is often sold out on weekends and holidays. Check weather and make plans for where to stay should you not be able to return home.

Book Your Stay!

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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 in the winter months. 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.

Drivers should purchase and carry chains prior to driving to Big Bear,
even if the weather is nice. Waiting until you're in the Valley to buy chains is not advised as supply is extremely limited and failing to carry chains may mean you're unable to drive back down the hill if conditions worsen.

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.

Don't Go Hungry!

Big Bear Lake restaurants offer a wide range of cuisine available for takeout and outdoor dining. Get eating! Or call on Big Bear Takeout to deliver meals while you avoid traffic or snowy road conditions. Order Up!