Snow Play in Big Bear Lake

So far, Big Bear Lake has received at least a half a foot of snow. Another storm is expected to bring snow to the mountains this weekend.

It’s an early opening for winter sports in Big Bear CA!

A a great place to have fun in the snow is the Snow Play Hill at Magic Mountain. They’re always the first in the Valley to begin to blow snow and open to the public. The Snow Play Hill is located in central Big Bear Lake, just west of the Village. Night Sessions are Friday and Saturday nights beginning the Friday, day after Thanksgiving. The current cost is $15 per person. Last year, the snow play area had a base depth of 30 feet.

Use the Magic Carpet, an automated covered lift, transporting you to the top of the hill. Children ages two to six years of age can ride free with a paying adult over 18 years old. Make advance reservations for groups of 35 or more and receive special group rates.

Big Bear Snow Play, on the east side of Big Bear Lake is also owned by the Alpine Slide. We love inner tubing here. The lines tend to be shorter. The hours of operation are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the price is $25.00 for unlimited inner tubing. The heated “lodge” offers light snacks, coffee and hot chocolate.

Both Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit have been blowing snow, giving themselves a base of between one and two feet of machine groomed, hard packed powder. A lift chair ticket is good for either Resort. Use the shuttle bus and try both resorts.

Bear Mountain caters more to snowboarders and a younger set. They are known for their snowboarding park with sculpted features, rails and boxes.

Snow Summit is more family style, catering to skiers. No matter which resort you choose, we recommend you bring your own snacks and beverages. You’ll enjoy your time on the mountain better if you buy your lift ticket online rather than waiting in line. Afterwards, click over to our website and check out our deals page! We’ve got a cabin that’s right for you.

The Big Bear Lake Discovery Center offers snowshoeing in the winter.

Contact them at 909-382-2796 for details. The Discovery Center is run by the San Bernardino National Forest Association. This is an excellent resource for maps, permits, eco-tours and special events. Stop here for questions about winter hiking. They can advise you on forest snow conditions.

November ends with the Thanksgiving holidays. If you’re planning on celebrating in Big Bear Lake this year, don’t miss Christmas in the Village. It begins on Friday, November 25th, with Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy singing Christmas carols with all of Big Bear Lake as Santa enters the Village and lights the giant Jeffery pine tree! The Village roads close at 4:00 PM to vehicular traffic and suggested arrival time is at 4:30 PM. Santa will make his appearance at 5:30 PM. Share this magical experience with family and friends. Festivities will continue until 8:30 PM, allowing children to read their Christmas wishes to Santa and Mrs Claus.

Remember to dress for winter weather with coats, hats and gloves!

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