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:)
  • Senior center closed because of construction August 16, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Senior Center at 42651 Big Bear Boulevard between Division Drive and Standfield Cutoff is closed Wednesday, Aug. 16. Road construction along that section of Big Bear Boulevard makes it a challenge to get to and from…
  • Birdfeed the bears August 16, 2017
    Imagine Maurie Gomez’s surprise when her coon hound, Gingersnap, alerted her to an intruder in the yard of her Big Bear City home a few days ago. Instead of a bandit set on breaking and entering, Gomez discovered a bear…
  • Road renovations August 16, 2017
    It’s been a while since Division Drive was significantly repaired or repaved. That all changes this week.
  • Prom night at YMCA Camp Oakes August 16, 2017
    Campers lined up for a makeover near the dining hall at YMCA Camp Oakes Aug. 10. They were getting dolled up for a dinner dance later that evening.
  • Looking Back August 16, 2017
    The Grizzly is completing its 76th year of publication. To commemorate three quarters of a century of reporting Bear Valley news, we’re taking a look back at what happened this week during various time periods through the past 75 years.
  • Bear Valley Electric Service works on SCADA automation, reliability August 16, 2017
    Last week started off a little dark. Around 9:50 a.m. Aug. 7, part of Big Bear Lake experienced a power outage lasting 1 hour and 36 minutes.
  • On the Agenda August 16, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s website.
  • Sugarloaf property purchase on Big Bear Fire Authority agenda August 16, 2017
    For years there have been talks about the need for a larger Sugarloaf Fire Station. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the Big Bear Fire Authority may take steps to finally address the issue.

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.