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Snowshoeing

Discover Big Bear's serene backcountry trails on snowshoes or cross country skis.

Discover the quiet beauty of the forest this winter in Big Bear. Glide through the snow dusted pines and enjoy the solitude of cross-country ski trails, or explore the backwoods on snowshoes. The silence and untouched beauty speaks to the soul. Just you and nature one-on-one.

Come enjoy snowshoeing at Big Bear

You may find animal tracks in the snow or spot an occasional squirrel or deer, creating an opportunity to teach your kids about the animals in the forest and how their behavior changes with the seasons. The Big Bear Discovery Center offers weekend programs to teach youngsters how to recognize different wildlife prints in the snow.

Did I mention the health benefits of outdoor activities in winter? White powder workouts take your regular routine to new levels, both mentally and physically. This is ideal for anyone who is looking for an effective cardio workout without the crowds or noise of a gym and without the lift lines at the ski resorts. Although it is stimulating for the mind and body, this doesn’t even feel like exercise.

Rentals, tours, and trail maps are available at the listed locations. This winter take advantage of Big Bear's winter activities and get into the backcountry on cross country skis or snowshoes.



Open Air Big Bear

Open Air Big Bear is a coalition of event producers and organizers of outdoor events and activities in Big Bear Valley. The “Go To” place for everything sporting in Big Bear.

Big Bear Discovery Center

The National Recreation Reservation Service handles reservations for most campgrounds, while some are first-come, first-served, and others reserve through the ranger station.

Bear Valley Bikes

Bear Valley Bikes is a full service bike shop, which means you can rent from us, or we can fix your bike, find the part you're looking for, or just pick up some last-minute gear or trail maps.

Action Tours

Action Tours “Zipline, Segway & more!” High Altitude Fun!!

Goldsmiths Sports

Ski and Snowboard Sales, Rentals, tuning and all winter sports shopping with knowledgeable staff to help you.
Summer electric and mountain bike rentals. Fun outdoor clothing and gifts.


You might encounter a squirrel or deer, or at least you'll see an assortment of animal tracks on the snow-covered forest floor. This is a great way to introduce the kids to a new exploration to identifying different animal tracks. The Big Bear Discovery Center sells books on animal tracks and it offers programs on weekends to teach youngsters how to recognize and decipher the variety of wildlife prints in the snow.

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing also offer health benefits. Both winter sports provide a natural physical fitness program that goes to a whole different level that a typical indoor gym can’t take you to. This is ideal for anyone who is looking for a mellow, yet effective cardio workout. The great thing about this type of exercise is it’s so much fun and stimulating that it doesn't even feel like exercise.

Rentals, tours, and trail maps are available at the listed locations above. This winter take advantage of Big Bear's winter activities and get into the backcountry on cross country skis or snowshoes.

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