About this Site

This site was created by a mom, teacher, and writer who loves to visit Big Bear Lake, California! I wanted one site with all the info needed for our family trips--news, attractions, addresses, links, and phone numbers. Hopefully it's helpful to other visitors too:)
  • Fresh snow, clear roads welcome Big Bear visitors February 19, 2017
    If you aren't in Big Bear for the Presidents Day holiday weekend, you are missing out. All roads are open and there is fresh snow in Big Bear for skiers, snowboarders, snow play or just enjoying the ambience.
  • Chains required for mountain roads February 18, 2017
    The latest storm hit Southern California with a wallop Feb. 17 causing flooding, sinkholes and mayhem through the region. Heavy, wet snow fell in Big Bear and traveling to the mountains requires chains on vehicles.
  • Tire chains cause power outage in Fawnskin February 18, 2017
    Some residents on the North Shore were without power for around two hours Feb. 17. Approximately 1,523 Bear Valley Electric Service customers on a Fawnskin distribution circuit experienced an outage from 11:25 am to 1:21 p.m.
  • A quiet hike before the storm February 15, 2017
    Hikers Sandra Cooper and Jeanette Harris decided to get in a good walk before the snowstorm expected to hit the Valley Feb. 17.
  • Animal shelter provides discounted adoption fees February 15, 2017
    If you’re in need of a furry friend, the Big Bear Shelter has the solution for you. The animal shelter is offering discounted adoption fees during its Furever Yours Pet Adoption Event, running until Saturday, Feb. 18.
  • Healthcare district maintains its board meeting schedule February 15, 2017
    During the Feb. 9 Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board meeting, president Donna Nicely read a prepared statement regarding one of the agenda items. The agenda item addressed the conflict in board meeting times between the healthcare district and Big…
  • City officials approve Rathbun plan February 15, 2017
    Things are moving along for the Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan, which was approved at a joint meeting of the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission and City Council Feb. 13.
  • ‘Somos familia’ February 15, 2017
    Who are the undocumented immigrants among us in Big Bear? Where do they work? Do they have children here? What are their hopes and fears?

Snow Play

Snow Play tubing in Big Bear is the best thing that ever happened to children in Southern California who love snow! It usually opens slightly before Thanksgiving of every year; check the website link below for updates. Snow Play is one of three spots for winter fun in the Big Bear mountain region:

  • Bear Mountain—skiing and snowboarding (info here)
  • Snow Summit—skiing, snowboarding, and the Snow Summit Scenic Sky Chair (info here)
  • Snow Play—NO skiing; offers tubing, alpine slide and small lift, mini golf, go karts (info below)

Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Blvd
Big Bear Lake, Ca 92315
Phone: 909-585-0075


There are numerous advantages to Big Bear tubing at Snowplay. Kids love it. It’s easy and fun for adults too. There is a heated area with food and drinks. The attendants are polite and very accustomed to answering questions on pricing and policies. Overall a very fun time. Here are more details:

  • They supply the innertubes.
  • They have automatic escalators that take you to the top of the hill—covered and uncovered.
  • There is lots of real snow during the holiday season; but they make fake snow to fill in when needed.
  • Right by the famous Big Bear Alpine Slide. (Not to be confused with the Scenic Sky Chair, which is at Snow Summit.)
  • Right by the Alpine Slide is Go Karts and Miniature Golf—all share the same parking lot.
  • Also right there on site is a tavern that is heated with video games, food, and drinks inside.
  • The lines are long—but not when you get there early in the morning!

One last tip: get there early in the morning! The lines get longer and longer with each hour. Eearly mornings are the least crowded times to visit Snow Play, especially when the winter season opens around Thanksgiving.