• Hospital celebrates four decades July 23, 2014
    Forty years ago, Bear Valley Community Hospital opened its doors to patients. On Aug. 2, the healthcare district invites the public to celebrate the milestone.
  • Holiday potluck with Big Bear Computer Club July 23, 2014
    The Big Bear Computer Club hosts a holiday potluck general meeting Aug. 7 at the Big Bear Discovery Center. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The club provides the main course of turkey, dressing, gravy,
  • Arts Council gets a fresh coat of paint July 23, 2014
  • Wright shines a light on saving energy July 23, 2014
    Suffering from high electricity bills? James Wright could be the man with the answer to lowering your cost. Wright and his wife, Gayle, along with the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, host an open house
  • Sheriff's Log July 23, 2014
    July 14
  • Adopt a dog July 23, 2014
    The Dog Days of Summer helps find furever homes for furry friends.
  • Dinner is a winner July 23, 2014
    United Methodist Church wants your bad poems.
  • School offices open this week July 23, 2014
    The 2014-15 school year begins in Big Bear Valley Aug. 4. Teachers and administrators are getting ready for students to file into classrooms on the first day.

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.