• Victim of house fire identified February 27, 2015
    The San Bernardino County Coroner's office has released the name of the victim of Thursday's house fire in Big Bear Lake.
  • Coffee with a cop February 27, 2015
    On March 10, members of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station invite you to have a cup of coffee with them.
  • Winter weather on the horizon February 26, 2015
    Is another March Miracle in store for Big Bear Valley? That’s what residents are hoping for this weekend when a long overdue winter storm weaves its way to Southern California and the San Bernardino M
  • Deputies search for burglary suspects February 26, 2015
    Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a commercial burglary that occurred in Big Bear City in the predawn hours of Feb. 26.
  • Structure fire reported February 26, 2015
    UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the structure fire in the 42000 block of Fox Farm Road in Big Bear Lake has claimed the life of a female inside.
  • Hospital auxiliary seeks associate members February 26, 2015
    The annual drive for associate membership in the Bear Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary has begun. The Bear Valley Community Hospital Auxiliary welcomes any individual or organization that would lik
  • Deputies arrest man on drug possession charge February 25, 2015
    Blake Rush, 26, is scheduled to be arraigned on possession charges Thursday, Feb. 26. He was arrested in Big Bear Lake Feb. 24.
  • Talented teens perform at Big Bear Idol competition February 25, 2015
    The Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake honored young musicians Feb. 21 at the Big Bear Idol music competition. Nine high school-aged contestants participated in the event at the Big Bear Lake Performing Art

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.