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:)
  • Resorts prepped for opening Friday, Dec. 8 December 8, 2017
    Although the ski season is getting a little bit of a late start, Big Bear Mountain Resort General Manager Wade Reeser said he’s optimistic they have a great season ahead.
  • Construction equipment tips, Big Bear Boulevard closed most of the day December 7, 2017
    Around 9 a.m. Dec. 6, Conklin Auto Shop owner Jim Conklin heard a crash while standing outside his shop on Big Bear Boulevard in the Red Ant Hill area of Big Bear Lake. Paving equipment flipped on its side on…
  • Firefighters checking on report of smoke on North Shore December 6, 2017
    UPDATE: 12:41 p.m., Dec. 6. The Delamar incident was located in the forest north of Big Bear Lake by use of helicopter. The fire was in a small area and the full rate of spread has been halted. A small…
  • Recovering in Fawnskin December 6, 2017
    Brandon Dufault’s life changed in an instant Oct. 12. The 2012 Big Bear High School graduate was the victim of a shooting in Aliso Viejo. The attack claimed the lives of his landlords — Douglas Ferguson and Lisa Consenza —…
  • American Legion hosts kids holiday party December 6, 2017
    Attention all Big Bear Valley children ages 2 to 12. The annual American Legion Children’s Holiday Party is Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake.
  • Future of funds from Bear City Park sale are unknown December 6, 2017
    It’s been eight months since the sale of Bear City Park to the Big Bear Airport District. The Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District is moving closer to a decision on how to use the funds from the sale.
  • Hospital employees practice what they preach December 6, 2017
    The Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is going meatless, on Mondays at least.
  • Forest Service sets winter burning December 6, 2017
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to implement prescribed burning operations on the San Bernardino National Forest in the upcoming months as conditions allow.

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.