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:)
  • Work on Arctic Circle finishes ahead of schedule October 18, 2017
    Caltrans’ winter preparation maintenance work on State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle nears completion one week ahead of schedule. Work is expected to be finished Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. according to a press release from Caltrans.
  • Spa offers day of free services for cancer patients October 18, 2017
    As part of Sparks of Light Day, Elevations Day Spa in Big Bear Lake will offer free services for cancer patients on Nov. 6. The spa offers massages, facials, manicures and pedicures for participants based on availability.
  • Emergency alerts available for residents October 18, 2017
    With fires raging in Northern California with many casualties, now is the time to update emergency information. Residents in San Bernardino County are urged to sign up for emergency alerts via text message and Voiceover Internet Protocol. Features of the…
  • Sierra Club holds final meeting of 2017 October 18, 2017
    Head over to the Big Bear Discovery Center, Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. for the final Sierra Club Big Bear Group meeting of the year.
  • DOVES recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 18, 2017
    On Thursday, Oct. 19, DOVES encourages the community to participate in Purple Thursday by wearing or displaying purple to raise awareness about domestic violence. Share a photo using the hashtag #PurpleThursday on social media.
  • On the Agenda October 18, 2017
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Agendas are posted at least 72 hours prior to meetings. Dates are subject to change with proper advance notification. For complete agendas, visit each agency’s respective website.
  • Service commemorates Reformation October 18, 2017
    The Shepherd in the Pines Lutheran Church in Big Bear Lake holds a special anniversary service, “Reformation 2017 — It’s Still All About Jesus!”
  • Complaint prevents hangar rate talk October 18, 2017
    Big Bear Airport Director Joseph Kelly has filed a complaint against three of his colleagues.

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.