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Six Winter Activities in Big Bear

Are you ready for some winter fun?

As the colder months approach and the snow starts to fall in Big Bear, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy with your whole family.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

Have you ever wanted to see bears up close?

When you visit the Big Bear Alpine Zoo during the winter, you can do just that!

The zoo is actually a rehabilitation facility for wild animals that are sick or injured and need to be nursed back to health.

Those animals whose conditions won’t allow them to be safely released back into the wild are on exhibit for you to see.

The zoo’s location is in the San Bernardino National Forest, at an elevation of 7,140 feet, and is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Snow Summit

If you enjoy skiing and snowboarding, Snow Summit is the place to be!

At an elevation of 8,200 feet in the San Bernardino National Forest, Snow Summit has 27 trails and 18 miles of skiable landscape for people of all skiing abilities, spread across 240 acres.

And if you don’t have your own skis or equipment, Snow Summit offers rentals!

When visiting this mountain, you can also enjoy the tube park or go on the climbing wall. Plus, there is night skiing available for those who like to explore after the sun has gone down.

Grizzly Ridge Tube Park

Featuring three tubing lanes that are groomed every day, part of the fun of the Grizzly Ridge Tube Park is being able to take a magic carpet to the top before stepping off to tube your way back down to the bottom.

Catering to people from age two and up, the tube park is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting in December.

And if you are traveling in a group of fifteen or more people, you can enjoy a discount on tubing tickets!

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain is the sister mountain to Snow Summit, with the two destinations located three miles apart from each other.

Snowboarding is the big activity that people enjoy when they visit. Not only are there trails to snowboard down, but Bear Mountain is also home to the only halfpipe in Southern California.


If you are a beginner or have never skied or snowboarded before, you can sign up for lessons before hitting one the trails.

At the base of the mountain you will find plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, in addition to many retail stores where you can buy ski clothing and equipment or souvenirs to commemorate your trip.

Hiking Around Big Bear Lake

Breathtaking views await when you visit Big Bear Lake.

Take in the snow covered mountains, breathe in the crisp cool air, or take a nature hike on one of the many trails around the lake.

Build a snowman, make snow angels, or stop at the Discover Center to get an adventure pass or to find out where the best off-road vehicle trails are located.

Take A Helicopter Ride

Have you ever wondered what snow covered mountains look like from the viewpoint of a helicopter?

Visit the Big Bear City Airport for your flight, which will not only take you over the mountains and Big Bear Valley but you will also get to see various landmarks and real estate.

While in flight, you will have a headset on that allows you to communicate with the other passengers as well as with the pilot – making it a completely interactive experience.

Choose from ten different flights that range in time from seven minutes to forty-five minutes, with prices starting at $35 per person.


During the winter months, Big Bear offers much more than just skiing and fun in the snow! Book a cabin with us today and make a Big Bear vacation a new winter tradition.