• Building a new multi-use trail October 29, 2014
    Work has begun on the Knickerbocker Creek multi-use trail on the eastern edge of the Village area of Big Bear Lake. Workers were installing fencing on Wednesday, Oct. 29.
  • Arctic Circle reopens to full traffic Thursday, Oct. 30 October 29, 2014
    Caltrans maintenance crews will complete the work to prepare State Route 18 in the Arctic Circle between Snow Valley and Big Bear Dam for the winter Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The final day of full closure
  • Board president resigns, leaving Big Bear October 29, 2014
    Bear Valley Community Healthcare District board president Sara Russ announced via Facebook Oct. 22 that she would resign from her position immediately. 
  • Fuels reduction project slated for November October 29, 2014
    The U.S. Forest Service plans to remove trees and slash in areas Big Bear Valley beginning Nov. 4. Helicopters will be used.
  • Changes ahead for park advisory committee October 29, 2014
    Two new committee members have or will soon take their seats on the Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District advisory committee. But there is at least one new vacancy to fill, possibly two dependi
  • Celebrate spooky, sweet Halloween October 29, 2014
    Halloween is right around the corner and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. The Grizzly rounded up some of Big Bear’s many spooky options for your trick-or-treating pleasure. Happy haunting! 
  • Spike strip stops suspect October 28, 2014
    Sirens invaded the early morning as authorities pursued a suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle.
  • High speed chase ends safely October 28, 2014
    Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27 deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station conducted a traffic stop on a red Ford Mustang at Fox Farm Road and McAllister Road for failure to stop at a posted stop si

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.