• Sugarloaf Fire Station saved from closure — for now April 18, 2019
    After three-plus hours of comments, concerns and rallies of keep our station open, Big Bear Fire Department will do just that. The Big Bear Fire Authority board voted to pursue budget option C, which will keep the Sugarloaf Fire Station…
  • Prep sports calendars belong to Bear Backers April 17, 2019
    Somebody may be misrepresenting themselves as Big Bear High School sports calendar representatives. Bear Backers wants the public and businesses to know their group is the only group working with the high school to produce sports calendars.
  • On the agenda April 17, 2019
    The public can stay informed by attending and participating in local government meetings. Check each agency’s website for a copy of the latest meeting agenda and supporting documents, and minutes from previous meetings. Or call each individual agency for more…
  • And then there were four April 17, 2019
    Big Bear residents are feeling like indulging grandparents this week. Shadow and Jackie are parents.
  • Celebrate the Earth in Big Bear Valley April 17, 2019
    Reduce, reuse, recycle and respect. Earth Day is Monday, April 22. But in keeping with the slogan that Earth Day is every day, Earth Day events take place throughout the holiday weekend. Attend one or all and show your support…
  • Big Bear elementary schools host kindergarten enrollment events April 17, 2019
    Bear Valley Unified School District has set early enrollment events at its elementary schools for kindergarten and TK. Meet the principal, receive enrollment materials and information, and tour the school. Parents may bring their children and family to the program.
  • Big Bear Fire revisits budget options April 17, 2019
    On April 17, at 4:30 p.m. the Big Bear Fire Station will open its doors for a budget workshop. The meeting of the Big Bear Fire Authority board is open to the public, and it’s expected that Big Bear residents…
  • Use public transit for free April 17, 2019
    Mountain Transit celebrates Earth Day with free rides.

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.