About this Site

This site was created by a mom, teacher, and writer who loves to visit Big Bear Lake, California! I wanted one site with all the info needed for our family trips--news, attractions, addresses, links, and phone numbers. Hopefully it's helpful to other visitors too:)
  • Visitors enjoy the snow on Winter Trails Day January 15, 2017
    Arts and crafts, animal tracking, snowshoeing and hot cocoa were on the agenda Jan. 14 during Winter Trails Day at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • Caltrans road work for week of Jan. 21 January 15, 2017
    Road work on State Route 330 and State Route 18 are scheduled to continue this at the following locations:
  • Ideal Big Bear winter weekend January 14, 2017
    Mother Nature provided what is shaping up to be a perfect winter holiday weekend in Big Bear. With a couple of feet of new snow during a 36-hour period and the possibility of a few lingering snow showers, skiers, snowboarders…
  • Mountain Cleanup project postponed January 13, 2017
    The Mountain Cleanup Project set for Saturday, Jan. 14, has been postponed because of inclement weather.
  • January eagle count canceled January 13, 2017
    The Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead areas will not conduct their monthly winter bald eagle count scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, because of heavy snow in the region.
  • Power still out in Big Bear, roads open January 13, 2017
  • Snow day at Big Bear Mountain Resort January 12, 2017
    Snow is coming down hard at Big Bear Mountain Resort. Lines are short and the powder is there for the skiing and riding.
  • Storm update January 12, 2017
    Snow has started falling in earnest in Big Bear Valley. Chains are required on all roads leading into the mountains.

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.