• Starbucks hosts blood drive April 17, 2015
    On Wednesday, April 22, Lifestream visits Starbucks on Big Bear Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a blood drive. While supplies last, donors receive a coupon for a free tall or iced coffee courtesy
  • Have coffee with the cops April 16, 2015
    If you need your morning cuppa’ joe, why not have it with the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station deputies Tuesday, April 21.
  • Bear Valley Electric celebrates conservation April 15, 2015
    Bear Valley Electric hosts the Earth Day Expo Friday, April 17, to bring awareness to conservation and environmental protection.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Open Air Big Bear April 15, 2015
    Do you hike? Cycle? Swim? Run? Paddle? Mountain bike? Run the trails? Climb? Practice yoga? 
  • Sheriff's Log April 15, 2015
    April 6
  • Executive director to leave Mountains Foundation post April 15, 2015
  • Big Bear may face water cuts after all April 15, 2015
    When Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions in an April 1 executive order, Big Bear’s water agencies were optimistic that the community’s efforts to conserve water over
  • On The Agenda April 15, 2015
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas,

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.