• Highway 38 closures planned through next week October 6, 2015
    One-way closures are planned starting Wednesday, Oct. 7, on Highway 38 from just north of the intersection with Highway 18 in Big Bear City to Valley of the Falls Drive in Forest Falls.
  • All lanes are open on Highway 330 October 5, 2015
    All lanes have reopened on Highway 330 as of 11:10 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The road had been closed for some time during the morning of Oct. 5 because of a head-on traffic collision.
  • Traffic accident on Highway 330 closes road October 5, 2015
    Highway 330 is blocked in both directions this morning, Oct. 5, because of a collision at the lower passing lane around 8:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
  • Big Bear animals receive blessings October 4, 2015
    Blessing of the Animals, conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love of all creatures, is an annual event at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Big Bear City.
  • Temporary road closures for North Shore Half Marathon Oct. 3 October 3, 2015
    The Big Bear North Shore Half Marathon/5K/10K race presented by Century 21 Bonnie Blue Saturday, Oct. 3, requires several road closures during the race.
  • Fugitive Friday October 2, 2015
    The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is looking for Jamey Tyler Passmore.
  • Wake the Bard at Knickerbocker September 30, 2015
    The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley hosts an afternoon with the Inland Empire’s famous Irish band, Wake the Bard, Sunday, Oct. 4. The performance is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Mansion and Bistro in Big Bear…
  • Fire Department opens its doors September 30, 2015
    In recognition of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 4-10 Big Bear Fire Department will host an Open House Saturday, Oct. 3. The community is encouraged to stop by, participate in the day’s planned activities, and learn about fire safety.

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.