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:)
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    Due to the resignation of board member Gary Steube, there is a vacancy on the Big Bear Airport Board of Directors. Pursuant to Government Code Section 1780, the board notifies the community of the vacancy and is soliciting candidates/applicants to…
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    Budgeting can be a headache. The Adult Learning and Referral Center can help with a free class on how to “Make your Dollars and Sense Work until Next Payday.”
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  • Big Bear Fire Department flips for charity April 27, 2016
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  • On the Agenda April 27, 2016
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meetings. Dates are subject to change. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Fuel reduction set for Angelus Oaks April 27, 2016
    Forest Service Fire crews plan to burn approximately 12 acres as part of the Angelus Oaks Fuel Reduction project. Weather and conditions permitting, firefighters planned to start the burning project early as April 26.
  • City Council approves funds for Pedal Path April 27, 2016
    Using grant funds, and money from the U.S. Forest Service and the city of Big Bear Lake, the Alpine Pedal Path on the North Shore will get a much-needed makeover.
  • Photography club back in action April 27, 2016
    Winter is over and the Big Bear Photography Club is back with monthly meetings and field trips planned throughout the year. Those interested in photography are encouraged to join the group.

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.