• Hugh Bialecki guest speaker at Sierra Club meeting October 17, 2019
    The Big Bear Group of the Sierra Club meets Thursday, Oct. 17, to discuss water, traffic, biological impacts and more. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Big Bear Discovery Center.
  • Motor home fire destroys RVs, boat October 16, 2019
    One man was injured and several recreational vehicles destroyed by a motor home fire at Fox Farm Storage in Big Bear Lake.
  • Sears Holdings to close more Kmart, Sears stores by 2020 October 16, 2019
    The Big Bear Kmart store has been the Valley’s only major department store the past 27 years. For the past couple of years the status of the store has been in question as the parent company, Sears Holdings, struggled financially.
  • Record fundraising ride for USARC October 16, 2019
    Adaptability. The word epitomizes the goals for the US Adaptive Recreation Center. It is also the word that best describes the 30 cyclists and 16 volunteers who participated in the 25th anniversary of the Peak 2 Peak Pedal.
  • Road work in Arctic Circle set October 16, 2019
    Caltrans maintenance crews will be busy on State Route 18 Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 22 and 23. There will be a one-way flagging operation from Snow Valley to the Bear Valley Dam from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guardrail…
  • CABB preps for Big Bear winter season October 16, 2019
    The Community Advocates of Big Bear meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Historic Chapel at Community Church Big Bear.
  • Give hope, give life, give blood October 16, 2019
    The LifeStream bus returns to Big Bear Monday, Oct. 21, for a community blood drive at Stater Bros. From
  • Traffic delays in Big Bear City October 14, 2019
    A utility pole installation on Big Bear Boulevard just west of Maple Lane is causing slight delays during the morning commute in Big Bear City.

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

http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com

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.