• Few closures for Tour traffic July 30, 2014
    Summer weekends in Big Bear Valley usually mean plenty of traffic as visitors and part-timers spend time in the mountains. On Saturday, Aug. 2, that traffic will include between 1,500 and 2,000 cyclis
  • Schools back in session July 30, 2014
    The 2014-15 school year begins Monday, Aug. 4, for all Bear Valley Unified School district campuses.
  • November ballot has blanks July 30, 2014
    It looks as if turnout on election day in Big Bear Valley could be low. There is still more than a week remaining to file to run for office, but as of now, only one local governing agency will have an
  • Fire departments coming together July 30, 2014
     It just makes sense. That’s what Jeff Willis and Larry Winslow say about the annexation of Baldwin Lake into the Big Bear City Community Services District for fire service only.
  • Bronx Gardener in Big Bear July 30, 2014
    Stephen Ritz makes a stop at Big Bear Middle School, Monday, Aug. 4.
  • Bear Valley Electric goes underground July 30, 2014
    Goodbye, overhead power lines. On July 28, in conjunction with sidewalk upgrades planned by the city of Big Bear Lake, Bear Valley Electric Service was scheduled to begin work to move three miles of p
  • Extended horseback ride ends safely July 30, 2014
    When Yvette Eddy and Laurie Lynn McNally Baker set out Sunday morning for a trail ride, they didn’t expect it to last more than 24 hours. They zigged when they should have zagged.
  • Pine Knot Landing acquires parasail July 30, 2014
    When Wally Weber decided to sell his parasail and personal watercraft rental concession on Big Bear Lake, he didn’t have far to go to find a buyer.

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.