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:)
  • Holcomb Fire nears complete containment June 25, 2017
    Southern California Incident Management Team 2 will transfer incident command to the San Bernardino National Forest as of 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25, with Michael Koontz serving as Incident Commander.
  • Holcomb Fire nears containment June 25, 2017
    The Holcomb Fire is 91 percent contained as of June 25, mapped at 1,503 acres.
  • Crews make progress on Holcomb Fire June 23, 2017
    The beginning of what could, and most likely will, be a long, hot fire season began with the Holcomb Fire June 19. Reported around 3 p.m., the fire started near Holcomb Valley Road and Highway 18 in Big Bear City.
  • Highway 18 reopens June 23 June 23, 2017
    Closed due to the Holcomb Fire, Highway 18 between Big Bear and Lucerne Valley is scheduled to reopen Friday, June 23, at 6 a.m.
  • Garbage collection continues during fire June 21, 2017
    Big Bear Disposal trucks are operating as usual today with one main difference. Instead of taking full trucks to the Big Bear Transfer station, two employees are driving those to the Heaps Peak Transfer Station between Running Springs and Lake…
  • Public's help needed with Holcomb Fire June 21, 2017
    U.S. Forest Service investigators are asking for the public's assistance to help establish the cause of the Holcomb Fire which started June 19. It's burned 1,200 acres in the Holcomb Valley area northeast of Big Bear Valley.
  • Power outages possible, Bear Valley Electric begins rolling blackouts June 21, 2017
    UPDATE: June 21 —Because of the limited power sources in the Valley, Bear Valley Electric began rolling blackouts in various Big Bear neighborhoods.The outage in Sugarloaf was expected to be restored by 3 p.m., the approximate time of restoration in…
  • Curbside chipping helps prevent Valley wildfires June 21, 2017
    Get your chip together, then log onto www.thinisin.org for removal of your tree and brush trimmings.

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.