Big Bear is great place to visit any time of year. They have something to offer during all four seasons. This is part one of a four part series about things to do in Big Bear for each season, starting with winter.
Snow Skiing and Boarding
In the winter you can enjoy skiing & snowboarding at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain.
Bear Mountain has the largest beginner area in the Los Angeles region. For advanced skiers and riders Silver Mountain and Bear Peak have some of the steepest terrain in the region. It’s great for beginners to advanced levels and is home to Southern California’s only Superpipe.
Snow Summit offers wide open runs and fun terrain features. It’s ideal for everyday skiers and boarders looking for a friendly, laid back winter playground. They also offer night sessions so you can ski or board down the hill under the stars.
Cross Country Skiing
One of the best ways to discover Big Bear’s beautiful backcountry is by snowshoes or cross country skis. Glide through the pines and enjoy the serene beauty of groomed cross-country ski trails, or explore them on snowshoes. Open Air Big Bear is a great resource for this as well as other outdoor activities.
There are a couple of different snow play parks where you can go tubing. Big Bear’s inner tube parks are the only places in Southern Californian that have Magic Carpet uphill lifts that transport riders to the top of the mountain. This means you can get in a lot more tubing in an hour since you don’t have to climb to the top each time.
Playing in the snow and tubing are fun for kids and adults alike. They're great activities to do together as a family and a wonderful way to create lasting memories you’ll cherish forever.
Big Bear Snow Play was once a ski hill and has one of the longest runs in Southern California, so you’ll be thankful it has the lift to take you to the top.
Grizzly Ridge Tubing Park at Snow Summit - You can check their website for days and hours of operation. Kids must be 42" to tube.
Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain is open year round. They have snowmaking systems to ensure there's always snow for tubing and they also have Southern California's only authentic bobsled experience. Our family always enjoys riding the bobsleds.
Helicopter Big Bear offers a variety of tours ranging from seven to forty-five minutes with prices starting at $35 per person. During the winter you can get a bird’s eye view of the snow covered mountains, the lakes, the Mojave Desert and more. The tours are all private flights with no one else on board other than your group. This would be a great family adventure and is open to all ages.
If riding in a helicopter is on your bucket list, this is a great way to check it off the list while viewing some beautiful scenery.
Big Bear Funplex – They offer fun indoor activities for the whole family including lazertag, arcade games and ice skating.
The Bowling Barn - They have sixteen lanes and offer bumper bowling for the young ones and glow bowling every night.
Massage and Spa
If you'd like to relax with a massage after a day of skiing or spend a full day being pampered at a spa, Big Bear has that to offer as well.
Altitudes Massage offers a variety of customized massages including swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, couples massage along with reflexology, cranial sacral, acupuncture and more. They also offer spa services including hot stones, infrared sauna, facials, essential oil and body treatments. You can choose from a variety of massages, treatments and spa packages that come with free gifts.
If you're thinking of heading to Big Bear soon, there's still time to hit the slopes this year and play in the snow.
What's your favorite winter activity? Before you go please leave a comment below.