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Winter Mountain Tips

Big Bear Winter Mountain Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare - Winter Driving Tips

  • Carry snow chains or cables from October through April in mountain areas.

  • Be prepared for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.

  • Stay calm and focused on road conditions.

  • Carry water, extra blankets, shovels, cat litter, a tarp and a first aid kit in your car.

  • If you need to put on chains, pull off to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. Ice is slippery and oncoming cars can slide, so you want to be in a protected area for chain installation.

  • If you are taking it slow on the roads, find a spot to pull over and let other cars pass.

  • Download the APP for CalTrans Quick Maps for road condition updates. (Hwy. 330, Hwy 18, and Hwy 38)

  • Download the APP for Big Bear Mountain Resort for traffic updates on the mountain.

  • Fully charge cell phones prior to heading up or down the mountain.

Hike in Established Areas

  • Stick to well-marked, established trails.

  • During winter, if there is snow, the hiking trails on the North Shore are best. The snow melts off faster and they are more accessible.

  • Yield to uphill hikers on the trail.

  • Pick up local trail maps at Big Bear Visitors Center or the Discovery Center

  • Take plenty of water and use sunscreen.

Dispose of Trash - Yes, Even Sleds

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter. This includes broken or unbroken snow discs and sleds. Please take them out of the forest!

  • Carry a folded up Hefty Bag in your pocket or backpack to haul out your trash.

  • Trash disposal sites are on Garstin Rd. below Moonridge and on Big Bear Blvd. across from the Civic Center.

  • CalTrans is also placing dumpsters for winter trash disposal along Hwy 18 near Snow Valley.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.

  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.

  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises so you do not disturb the wildlife.

  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Respect other visitors. Everyone is here to have fun.

  • Be patient with the traffic and have a great time on the mountain.