• Highway 38 reopens, chains required February 16, 2019
    Reports are that Highway 38 is open in all directions, even though Caltrans still reports it closed.
  • Roads to Big Bear remain closed February 15, 2019
    Road closures remain in effect on Highways 18 and 38 due to storm damage and mud slides.
  • Moose Lodge damaged during storm February 15, 2019
    Mother Nature brought plenty of rain to Big Bear for Valentine's Day, but she left behind a mess to clean up.
  • Big Bear drying out February 15, 2019
    Flood waters have mostly receded and much of the debris flow on main roads in Big Bear has been cleared. Left behind are downed trees, icy roads, chilly temperatures and snow in the forecast.
  • Structure fire reported in Sugarloaf February 15, 2019
    UPDATE: Fire crews have knocked down a fire in a small hone in Sugarloaf that was reported about 7 p.m. It’s unknown if anyone was at home at the tine of the fire.
  • More road closures reported February 15, 2019
    As the heavy rain continues, road closures in the Valley mount.
  • Trees fall in Big Bear and beyond February 14, 2019
    Trees and power lines are falling throughout Big Bear Valley due to the major rain storm that has pounded Big Bear on this 2019 Valentine’s Day.
  • Little Arctic Circle in Big Bear closed. February 14, 2019
    Highway 18 between Big Bear Dam and Boulder Bay is closed due the roadway partially washing away.

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.