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    One person is injured, another is reportedly missing after an SUV overturned 5 miles east of Angelus Oaks on Highway 38 Wednesday, Dec. 12.
  • Forest Service plans pile burns in Big Bear area December 12, 2018
    If you see smoke in the sky to the east or south of Big Bear Valley during the next few days, don’t worry. The San Bernardino National Forest fire crews are conducting pile burns.
  • Toy drive for military families December 12, 2018
    The American Legion Riders Chapter 584 is holding a Christmas toy drive to help support the Armed Forces YMCA that helps at least 250 families that are stationed at Twentynine Palms.
  • ESL bids on Sears Holdings stores December 12, 2018
    There is a long way to go before the Sears Holdings bankruptcy issue reaches a conclusion. But for now, there is some good news for Big Bear Lake Kmart employees and shoppers.
  • Bill Jahn makes supervisor short list December 12, 2018
    First there were 48. Then 13. Now, after a full day of interviews and discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has whittled the list of potential appointees to the 3rd District to five.
  • Conversion to First Foundation complete December 12, 2018
    First Foundation Bank is here to stay. The ATM machines are gone for good.

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.