• Motorcycle accident closed highway briefly August 31, 2015
    Two La Quinta residents were injured in a motorcycle collision Aug. 30 on Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks.
  • Failure to yield results in collision August 31, 2015
    Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver who left the scene of an accident Aug. 30.
  • Healthcare board considers capital budget August 29, 2015
    The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District’s board meets Wednesday, Sept. 2. Closed session begins at 1 p.m. and open session is slated to begin at 3 p.m.
  • School board to consider Fallsvale leadership August 29, 2015
    Bear Valley Unified School District’s board of trustees meets Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m. During the meeting, the board will consider the principal’s position at Fallsvale School in Forest Falls.
  • Fugitive wanted August 29, 2015
    The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Jakeb Hume, a probationer on Post Release Community Supervision.
  • Summit Fire 75 percent contained August 28, 2015
    The Summit Fire is 75 percent contained, and downsized to 55 acres from earlier estimates of 100 acres.
  • Scam alert August 28, 2015
    It's a scam. Bear Valley Electric Company is not contacting its customers demanding payment within 45 minutes.
  • Fulmer returns to Big Bear High School August 28, 2015
    Tina Fulmer is the new principal at Big Bear High School—and Chautauqua High School.

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.