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:)
  • Shredding paper for charity April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Board of Realtors hosts its annual shred event May 16 from
  • City expands boulevard widening project April 26, 2017
    The left-hand turn lane on Big Bear Boulevard at Division Drive is getting bigger, much bigger. The city of Big Bear Lake originally planned to expand the left turn pocket from Division Drive west to Stalcup Landscape, and began work…
  • Airport considers next steps for Bear City Park April 26, 2017
    Dustin Leno doesn’t want to fence in the land formerly known as Bear City Park. The Big Bear Airport general manager is reaching out to the neighborhoods and organizations that use the property.
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house April 26, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation encourages trail users — hikers, cyclists and equestrians — to attend its New Trails Plan open house Wednesday, April 26, at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • On the agenda April 26, 2017
    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.
  • Help tree the zoo April 26, 2017
    The Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo needs help to make the new zoo a green zoo.
  • Big Bear Lake officials review winter operations April 26, 2017
    Upwards of 60 attendees filled the seats of the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center April 24 to talk about winter, again. The gathering was a joint Big Bear Lake City Council and Planning Commission meeting to address solutions to…
  • Earth Day at the electric company April 26, 2017
    A steady crowd stopped by the Bear Valley Electric Service office April 21, but it wasn’t to pay a bill.

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.