• All these stories and more November 26, 2014
    What’s coming up in the Nov. 26 issue of The Grizzly:
  • Brush fire reported November 24, 2014
    UPDATE: Crews were redeployed to a confirmed brush fire off of Highway 38. It is actually near the Fish Creek Trailhead and access is difficult.
  • Webb wins CIF Southern Section title November 22, 2014
    Caleb Webb is going to state. The Big Bear senior won the Southern Section Division 4 cross-country title Nov. 22 to qualifying for the State Championships.  Webb won with a time of 14 minutes, 42 sec
  • Resorts set to open November 22, 2014
    Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are ready to open. Big Bear's mountain resorts have been making snow in preparation for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season.
  • Big Bear bows out of playoffs November 22, 2014
    The Big Bear football season came to an end Nov. 21 in Templeton with a 34-28 loss to the Northern League champions.
  • Main phone lines down at Bear Valley Community Hospital November 21, 2014
    The Bear Valley Community Hospital is experiencing a temporary telephone system failure Friday, Nov. 21. According to the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District website, they hope to have it repair
  • Chains required November 21, 2014
    A light dusting of snow overnight brought out the need for chains or snow tires on Highway 18 from just north of Highway 330 to the Big Bear Dam.
  • Sugarloaf woman pleads guilty to child abduction charges November 21, 2014
    Melissa Epperly, 32, of Sugarloaf, will spend time in jail for keeping her young son from his father for more than a year.

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.