• Big Bear to host Amgen in 2015 October 20, 2014
    The Amgen Tour of California returns to Big Bear Lake in 2015.
  • Plane crashes in Grout Bay October 20, 2014
    A small plane crashed in Grout Bay just before 11 a.m. Oct. 20. The solo occupant was killed in the crash.
  • Big Bear restaurants join Inland Empire Restaurant Week October 17, 2014
    Inland Empire Restaurant Week features several local restaurants this year. The promotional event begins Oct. 17 and runs through Oct. 26.
  • Airplane crash reported October 16, 2014
    UPDATE: Three people were airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center after being injured in a plane crash near Big Bear.
  • MWD names Mike Stephenson general manager October 16, 2014
    The board of the Big Bear Municipal Water District met briefly on Oct. 16 to approve the contract for Mike Stephenson as general manager.
  • Highway 38 project continues October 16, 2014
    Caltrans and All American Asphalt continue the $10 million pavement rehabilitation project on State Route 38 between Forest Falls and Greenway Drive in the San Bernardino Mountains. The project began
  • Caltrans workers assaulted by motorist October 16, 2014
    The California Highway Patrol is investigating an assault on two Caltrans employees near the Bear Valley Dam that occurred Oct. 9. The workers received minor injuries.
  • Traffic delays possible October 16, 2014
    Motorists using Big Bear Boulevard between Greenspot/Highway 38 and Shore Boulevard in the Big Bear City area should prepare for delays today.

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.