• Caltrans works on several projects in the area this week August 24, 2014
    Caltrans and All American Asphalt continue its $10 million rehabilitation project on State Route 38 between Forest Falls and Greenway Drive in Big Bear City. Guardrail installation is a provision of t
  • PHOTOS: Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom August 24, 2014
    The 7th annual 1st Lt. Jared Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom took place Aug. 23 at Meadows Edge on the North Shore of Big Bear Lake. Several hundred participants honored Landaker and his crew, who w
  • PHOTOS: Antique wooden boats at Pine Knot Landing August 23, 2014
    The 31st annual Antique Wooden Boat Show hosted by the Antique and Classic Boat Society of Southern California took place at Pine Knot Landing in Big Bear Lake on Aug. 23, 2014. See photos from the ev
  • Caltrans to begin culvert clearing project Aug. 25 August 21, 2014
    Caltrans workers from the Fawnskin yard are scheduled to clean culverts in the Boulder Bay area and the west end of Highway 38 Monday through Friday, Aug. 25-29. Localized traffic control is possible
  • Roads, trails and safety topic at meeting August 21, 2014
    Thanks to a couple of grants, the California Highway Patrol Lake Arrowhead office is able to add to its public safety duties on mountaintop highways during the weekends this summer.
  • 50 years and still going strong August 20, 2014
    Vicki Sheppard was a little nervous. The Big Bear Municipal Water District’s administrative assistant wasn’t sure what kind of response the agency’s 50th anniversary celebration would garner on Aug. 1
  • Homecoming for 1989 alumni August 20, 2014
    Twenty-five years ago, the Big Bear High School Class of 1989 was toting around books and bags anxious to begin their final year of high school. In September, the alumni gather to reminisce.
  • New charter school offers alternatives August 20, 2014

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.