• Hickman leads the story July 29, 2015
    Jim Hickman, who authored “Hikes in the Historical Areas of Big Bear Valley,” will be the guest speaker at the Big Bear Valley Historical Society’s general meeting Aug. 13.
  • Fiesta de Big Bear welcomes athletes July 29, 2015
    It was a whirlwind three days for close to 100 Special Olympics athletes who called Big Bear home prior to the World Games in Los Angeles, which began July 25.
  • Big Bear blooms July 29, 2015
    Color abounds in the Village area of Big Bear Lake this time of year. Stroll through the Village L of Pine Knot Avenue and Village Drive to enjoy a walk among the flowers.
  • Airport board considers a land purchase July 29, 2015
    Big Bear Airport District’s board of directors held a special meeting July 27 to discuss two parcels of land north of the airport with property negotiators. The discussion was held in closed session, and the board had nothing to report.…
  • Special reunion for airlift crew, patient July 29, 2015
    On most days Scott Carnahan can take care of himself. When he broke six ribs and punctured a lung last November, he’d been off-roading at Ocotillo Wells near the Salton Sea with a Danish special operations team. After the accident,…
  • BBES hosts student registration July 29, 2015
    Big Bear Elementary School hosts registration for new incoming transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students Thursday, July 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Now there are two July 29, 2015
  • Bear Valley Unified 2015-16 school bus schedule July 29, 2015
    Bear Valley Unified School District students return to school for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Following on these pages is the bus schedule for the school district. All schedules are also posted on the school district’s transportation…

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.