• Culvert project set for Highway 330 February 18, 2018
    Caltrans begins rehabilitating 12 existing culverts on Highway 330 near Running Springs Wednesday, Feb. 21. The $800,000 project, awarded to United Engineering & Construction of Glendale, will extend the life of the culverts.
  • Big Bear under winter weather advisory February 18, 2018
    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather message/advisory for the San Bernardino Mountains including the cities of Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Running Springs, Wrightwood, Idyllwild, Lake Arrowhead and Crestline.
  • Big Bear Fire, Mercy Air now partners February 14, 2018
    Big Bear Fire Department is flying. The department begins air medical services Wednesday, Feb. 14.
  • Big Bear’s baby eagles have landed February 14, 2018
    Pass the cigars. Jackie and Mr. B, Big Bear’s resident bald eagles, are parents of two bouncing baby eaglets.
  • Scott Thomas Slawta February 14, 2018
    Born Jan. 17, 1958, Scott Thomas Slawta passed away Jan. 17, 2018. Son, father, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friends. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
  • Reservoir retrofit February 14, 2018
    The reservoir at Big Bear City Community Services District’s Paradise Maintenance Yard is empty. It was drained to allow for earthquake retrofitting and other maintenance.
  • Big Bear Lake listed for mercury February 14, 2018
    Grocery store tuna has about double the mercury levels of the bass in Big Bear Lake. So why is there now an advisory warning people about the mercury levels in fish in Big Bear Lake?
  • Peter Boss tapped as new healthcare district director February 14, 2018
    There’s a new face on the healthcare district board, but Peter Boss is anything but new to health care and the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District.

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.