• Lightning strike causes fire near Gold Mountain August 17, 2018
    In the midst of a thunderstorm that brought heavy rain, lightning also sparked a fire north of Highway 18 on Aug. 16.
  • Forest Service resumes sale of wood permits August 17, 2018
    After a couple months on hiatus, wood cutting permits are once again for sale in Big Bear Valley, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Aug. 16.
  • Heavy rains deluge Big Bear Valley August 16, 2018
    And the rains come again — along with thunder, lightning and a bit of hail. At around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, a large thunderstorm cell covered most of Big Bear Valley. Flash flooding is possible. Please use caution if…
  • Units respond to report of possible fire August 16, 2018
    UPDATE: 12:29 p.m. Aug. 16. A small fire has been spotted in the area and firefighters have responded to the Gold Incident. A 20-foot X 20-foot fire sparked up in the Gold Mountain area north of Highway 18 Thursday Aug…
  • Flash flood watch in effect for Big Bear August 16, 2018
    The skies opened up over the eastern portion of Big Bear Valley yesterday, and today, Aug. 16, could be a repeat.
  • Flooding, rock slides close highway August 15, 2018
    UPDATE: 5:54p.m. Rain has lightened up some and Highway 18 to Lucerne Valley has been cleared.
  • Traffic collision near Snow Valley August 15, 2018
    At 11:46 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, there was a report of a single vehicle traffic collision near Snow Valley on Highway 18. The vehicle landed on its side in a ditch. California Highway Patrol responded to the incident. The vehicle…
  • Sharks in Big Bear? August 15, 2018
    That’s right, at least on the big screen. The Sierra Club Big Bear Group shows a documentary about sharks on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.

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.