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:)
  • Pile burning canceled in Big Bear March 22, 2017
    UPDATE: March 22 — Pile burning planned for Big Bear Valley March 22 and 23 has been canceled due to windy conditions.
  • Sugarloaf association sets March meeting March 22, 2017
    Sgt. Steve Syzdloski of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Big Bear Station is the guest speaker at the next Sugarloaf Property Owners Association meeting Saturday, March 25.
  • Municipal Water District closes RV park March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Municipal Water District is getting out of the RV park business. On March 16, the MWD board of directors voted unanimously to permanently close the agency’s small RV park located next to the MWD office in Big…
  • Give life at community blood drive March 22, 2017
    LifeStream sponsors a community blood drive in Big Bear City Tuesday, March 28, at Big Bear Fire Station 282.
  • Healthcare district looks at affiliation options March 22, 2017
    After struggling to get an affiliation with Loma Linda University Health up and running, the Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is considering exploring other options.
  • To everything there is a season March 22, 2017
    The Byrds sang, there’s a time to plant and a time to reap. For Mill Creek Manor Tea Room owners Pat and Art Garza and their son, Tony, it’s time to retire.
  • Practice makes perfect March 22, 2017
    Smooth, bump, bump, back to the pump. That’s how firefighters navigate when they can’t see their surroundings because of smoke caused by a fire. The coupling patterns on a hose will indicate if a firefighter is headed in the right…
  • Trails Foundation hosts open house March 22, 2017
    The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation has been working on a nonmotorized recreational trail network plan. Now that plan is ready for public input. A unified plan presented to the U.S. Forest Service means a greater likelihood the Forest Service…

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.