Been awhile since you built a snowman, rode horseback through a frosty forest or collected pine cones? Let Big Bear's glistening white stuff put you in a holiday mood.
This is a great time to head up to Big Bear for a weekend of snow fun. Skiers and snowboarders at Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are enjoying recent fresh snowfalls, as well as the $12 million investment in snow making equipment that ensures snow buffs will get to enjoy the real stuff all winter. Add an overnight stay, many with cost-saving snow-play packages.
Weekend deals This winter weekends are very affordable for skiers and snowboarders. Big Bear Lake Resort Association is giving its guests an opportunity to save money on discounted room rates and lift tickets on the weekends.
The weekend deals are a spin-off of Big Bear's Midweek Lift and Lodging packages, which are active with rates starting as low as $69 per person per night, double occupancy. Weekend lift and lodging packages start at $89 per person, per night double occupancy, and require a minimum of two nights lodging and two days of lift tickets. Lift and lodging packages include discounted lodging at one of Big Bear's participating lodging accommodations and discounted, all-day, interchangeable lift tickets good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Making it extra easy, lift tickets include complimentary shuttle service between both snow playgrounds.
Slide or trek all day Prefer your sliding closer to the ground? Big Bear's two inner tube parks, Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play, stand out as unique facilities in Southern California with “Magic Carpet” uphill lifts that transport riders to the top of the snow-packed slopes on conveyor belt technology. Inner tubing, the ultimate family outdoor snow adventure, has become a winter tradition for many families. The gentle slopes are groomed nightly, just like the ski slopes, to ensure smooth “sailing.”
Trekking in the open country via snowshoes or cross-country skis is one of the best ways to enjoy the true winter bliss of Big Bear Lake's pine-filled scenery. Escape the crowds and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the natural winter wonderland, picnic lunch in tow. Snowshoes and cross-country skis can be rented at various sporting goods stores throughout Big Bear; choose from a vast amount of trail heads throughout the valley.
Cozy up at night Nothing is better than cuddling in front of a cozy fire after a day of snow play. For your special weekend, choose from a pleasing array of full-service hotels, romantic bed and breakfasts, lodges and cabins, many with wood-burning fireplaces or spas. Bring your four-legged travel buddy — many lodges are pet-friendly
The deal: Winter babies ski or snowboard for free at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit on their birthdays and, yes, that means the actual day. All that’s required is a photo ID. The lift ticket is good at both Southern California resorts, which are a few miles apart at Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Current conditions: The two resorts are just starting to get their snow legs, and this weekend's storm, which dropped up to 5 inches of snow, helped a lot. Snow Summit opened Nov. 13 and remains open. Bear Mountain plans to open Wednesday, and its website reports that cooler temperatures and fresh powder are creating good snow-making conditions. Stay tuned to the resort websites for up-to-date conditions.