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Big Bear Lake Information

When is the peak/off peak season?

Big Bear has two peak seasons. The first is in the winter, from the third week of December to the third week of February. The second peak season is in the summer, from July 1 to Labor Day weekend.

What is the climate/temperatures?

If you prefer lots of sunshine and mild to moderate temperatures, then Big Bear is your place. At 7,000' altitude, Big Bear's 320+ days of sunshine each year guarantee no "June Gloom" here!

Summer temperatures average 77 degrees daytime and 45 degrees at night. Winter brings about 120 inches of annual snowfall with temps in the mid-40s during the day and mid-20s at night.

How long should I plan my stay in Big Bear Lake?

So close to home … yet light years from the grind! That's your easy access alpine vacation in Big Bear Lake.

In just a short drive for a quick daytrip, refreshing weekend getaway or lazy extended vacation, Southern California's favorite outdoor playground and relaxation haven offers every amenity and activity for winding down the stress and winding up the fun.

How close is Big Bear?

Big Bear is a close drive for most Southern California residents. From Los Angeles it's only a 2-hour drive, San Diego is a two-and-a-half-hour drive, and Las Vegas is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive.

What are my transportation options?

Most people opt to drive up with their own vehicles. However MARTA and Big Bear Cab Company offer transportation services to and from Big Bear Lake. Also, an Enterprise Rent a Car is located in Big Bear Lake.

Where is the closest airport?

Ontario International Airport is the closest airport. Other airports include Palm Springs International Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County and LAX in Los Angeles. The Big Bear Airport is Big Bear’s own municipal airport for private planes.

Banking Services & ATMs


  • First Mountain Bank (909) 866-5861
  • Union Bank of California (909) 866-3447

Full Service Banking:

  • First Mountain Bank (909) 866-5861
  • Union Bank of California (909) 866-3447

Is there WiFi?

Bring your laptop – The entire parking lot at the Visitors’ Center is a giant, wireless Big Bear Internet access area, so you can sit back in your car or on a picnic bench to surf the web, get the latest news or send and receive emails. Best of all, the wireless Big Bear internet access at the Visitors’ Center is free 24 hours a day!

Attraction and Activity Information

Are attractions open year round?

Big Bear is a four season resort that offers many attractions all year round. Of course the San Bernardino National Forest is open 365 days to hike on trails in the warmer weather or snowshoe in the winter. The lake is open for fishing to the public all year round. Although winter storms often create icy conditions, anglers who still want to catch fish may do so from the shoreline. To get a list of all the different recreation and activities that take place all year round, visit the Things to Do page.

What attractions are pet friendly?

There is no need to leave four-legged family members behind when visiting Big Bear. Big Bear is among the most pet-friendly communities in California. Your pooch can romp in the forest and rest in your room. Many Big Bear restaurants have outdoor patios that allow dogs to lap up lunch or dinner with their owners. When it comes to lake activities, dogs can splash into fun too. Well-behaved dogs can ride along on a rented pontoon or fishing boat. The Big Bear Discovery Center welcomes dogs with a complimentary treat and a bowl of water. When it's bed time, you'll find a host of pet-friendly lodging options that include vacation rentals, hotels and cabins. With such royal treatment, your dog may never want to go home. See a list of Big Bear's pet-friendly accommodations.

What attractions are kid friendly?

It's a fact, kids have the most fun of all in Big Bear! Here are some ideas from our Blog for kid friendly adventure:

Hiking With Little Ones

Things To Do With Kids - Summer

Spring Family Fun

What is the difference between the ski resorts?

Skiers and snowboarders come to Snow Summit with friends and families for a traditional alpine experience. There's plenty of room to roam, from the popular face of the mountain to peaceful, isolated trails with ideal ski conditions away from the pack. Snow Summit’s Family Park offers easy-does-it jumps, bumps and rollers.

Typically, snowboarders choose Bear Mountain whether for just learning to ride, moving on to intermediate shred status, or honing professional style. Bear is an automatic attraction for avid skiers, too, because of its vertical terrain. The Park offers upwards of 120 beginner to advanced jibs, including a huge variety of rails, boxes and walls. It has over 100 snow features of all shapes and sizes, plus Southern California's only Superpipe!