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Things to do in Winter

27 Nov 2018
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This time of year, Big Bear turns into a winter wonderland. Just a short drive from anywhere in SoCal, you can drive up through the San Bernardino National Forest to find vast forests of snow-draped trees and two award-winning ski resorts filled with all the winter adventure you crave.

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See those snow covered peaks in Winter? Yupp, that's us!

Winter in Big Bear, CA  lets you experience all sorts of fun. As soon as the snow flies, avid skiers and snowboarders from SoCal head to the ski resorts at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit for good times.  At Big Bear Mountain Resort you can build your winter skills with lessons at the Adventure Academy, get your gear for a day of fun on the slopes or pick up your lift tickets. The basecamp areas at both ski resorts are a hub of activity with restaurants, watering holes, outdoor fire pits and gathering spaces ideal for people watching.

If you want a scenic winter hike, the North Shore trails have panoramic views of the lake and ski slopes. For a challenging spin through the snow covered backroads, you can rent a fat tire bike at one of the local shops.


Snow tubing is another huge favorite during winter in Big Bear. Take the ultra-easy magic carpet ride to the top of the hill at Big Bear Snow Play and race down the wintery slopes. When the sun goes down, the tubing hill lights up with a cascade of color to give it a whole different feel.

Wintertime tours are a great way to experience the snowy landscape in Big Bear. The guides are super fun and informative and the views are amazing. Try a helicopter tour to get spectacular views of the winter scenery across Big Bear Valley or fly above the forest floor on a zipline tour. Up to five guests can hop in a Jeep and 4x4 with a Jeep tour or take a two-hour cruise on a Segway.


The Village in Big Bear Lake takes on a magical glow with thousands of twinkling lights and trees that transform to look like delicate ice sculptures. The Village is the spot for shopping, dining and nighttime entertainment. Coffeehouses, eateries and pubs give you a place to warm up and grab a bite to eat and for entertainment there are live concerts at The Cave, glow bowling and arcade games at The Bowling Barn, Mountain Room Escapes and a movie theater featuring the most current films.

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There’s nothing like a winter vacation in Big Bear where you can spend the day shredding the slopes or building snowmen in the forest and going back to your cabin at night to sit beside the fire with a warm drink, snuggled up with the kids to read a favorite story, or make hot chocolate for the whole crew.