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Winter in Big Bear, CA

Big Bear Sledding Bib Bear Skiing Winter in Big Bear

Big Bear is Southern California's best skiing and snowboarding with the best world class ski and snowboard slopes around. The modern ski industry was born here. Snow Summit pioneered the modern art of snow making.

Big Bear Lake hosts two ski resorts, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Purchase one pass and visit both mountains. We recommend Snow Summit for skiers and folks looking for a family experience. Bear Mountain caters more to snowboards with the Park and loads of features.

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Snow Summit offers a variety of experiences. The beginner slopes are to the left as you enter the resort. Classes are available for both children and adults.

The terrain at Snow Summit varies. If you’ve had beginning or moderate experience, start with the Miracle Mile run. It’s a long trail that is well covered and doesn’t demand much. All others should head to the east side of the mountain. We enjoy chair seven. The Wall will provide challenges to advanced skiers.

Boasting two mountains for winter fun, whether you ski, snow board, ride the Alpine Slide, or inner tube down the huge snow play hill at the Alpine area, or just bring the kids to build snowman and have snow ball fights, its a popular place for families or singles looking for something extra while only driving a brief time away.

Christmas Cabins In Big Bear

Christmas cabins in Big Bear is our specialty! Santa has been very generous and has allowed some of his elves to work on our team preparing our cabins especially for you! We know every stay is important and the Christmas holiday stays are no exception! Our kitchens are ready and waiting to ensure your holiday meals can be prepared with ease. Mrs. Claus gave us her secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies, a favorite of all the elves, so that we can bake them and have them warm and waiting for you as you check in at our office and begin your holiday stay. Mrs. Claus has promised to share more of the Claus' favorite recipes, when we get them we will post them for your pleasure. Santa has told us he will be happy to stop by and pay you a visit if we arrange the visit ahead of time. Please contact our office or call for the details on the dates Santa is making his rounds. Check out our professional instructions on how to make a proper snow man in Big Bear. Really, there is a right way and, well, you know, not so great way. We'll make sure you know how by helping you out with our starter snow man kit at check-in.

The holiday season in Big Bear begins the Friday after Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving weekend. Our Christmas celebrations begin early at the convention center with the Mountain Christmas Boutique. Let the shopping season begin! Every year, vendors from throughout the Western United States provide a unique high country shopping experience with a holiday flare. The handmade gifts are among the favorites of the locals. You're sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Later in the day we celebrate Christmas in the Village, this is when our visitors are treated to the small town experience and enjoy the camaraderie and warmth of the communities locals and visitors. The Tree Lighting ceremony and Santa's Grand Entrance has been a Big Bear tradition for over 27 wonderful years and really sets the mood just right. As everyone gathers at the Village L to enjoy live entertainment, carolers, and of course, to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to their Big Bear cabin in the Village. Young children and the young at heart have made this a tradition not to miss. Bring your warm clothing, wear a pair of warm mittens, a knit scarf, and your boots. We'll have the hot cocoa waiting!

Weekends in December

The Bear Valley Tour of Lights is another favorite and incompasses five weeks of twinkling lights and decorated homes and businesses throughout Big Bear for all to enjoy. If you are visiting and want more information please call 866-3456. A map of participants will be published in the Big Bear Grizzly. This is like our rendition of the Candy Cane Lane in our area. Have fun touring!

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