Winter is Coming! Big Bear Winter Activities to Enjoy

Ali Sullivan

Winter has arrived in Big Bear.

 And with it, an abundance of activities for the adventurous in Big Bear. As the most popular winter getaway for Southern California, this charming resort town is the perfect escape no matter if you are looking to satisfy your sense of adventure or enjoy complete tranquility.

From snowy adventures to cozy moments by the fire, the charm of winter in Big Bear is a tale waiting to unfold. Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of snow-draped pines, chilly breezes, and the irresistible allure of winter in Big Bear.

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Hit the Slopes this Winter in Big Bear

 Big Bear Snowboarding

There are few more exciting ways to enjoy the gift of snow than a few runs down the mountain, feeling the rush as you carve down wide open runs or slip through the trees.

With over 750 acres to explore and two mountain resorts, Big Bear offers the best SoCal skiing around. Boarder or skier, it doesn’t matter as Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit Mountain Resort offer challenging runs, terrain parks to play in and slopes for all experience levels.

Never worry if it will be a good ski day! With the largest snowmaking system in the world, everyday is a great day to hit the slopes in winter in Big Bear. 

If you’ve never been, make this your year! Take advantage of the largest beginner area in the region at Big Bear Mountain. In no time you will be mastering black diamond runs.

Inner Tubing 

Skiing not your forte, but still want to hit the slopes this winter in Big Bear? Take up snow inner tubing! With two snow play parks dedicated to helping everyone experience the magic of snow, Big Bear has been captivating all ages with the thrill of inner tubing and sledding.

The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play have ski-resort quality snowmaking systems, ensuring a full season of optimal sledding conditions.

Avoid dragging the kiddos back up the hill after each run with the Magic Carpet, making getting back up the hill easy and fun.

Helicopter Flights

 Take sightseeing to a whole new level and experience it from the air. Soak in the stunning views of winter in Big Bear Valley and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains from the comforts of a helicopter.

Covering 20 to 60 miles of terrain, a helicopter tour will be one of the most unique experiences out there. And the benefit of doing it in the winter is the breathtaking snow capped mountains and clearer views in the crisp airs.

Explore Winter Big Bear Village

Grab a cup of hot cocoa, a warm scarf and walk around the charming Big Bear Village. With cobblestone paths and friendly patrons, this might just become your favorite  activity in winter in Big Bear. Make it a date by grabbing lunch in one of the many delightful restaurants on your path.

Cozy Up Next to the Fireplace

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Few experiences compare to taking an afternoon bundled up next to a crackling fire with a good book. And few fireplaces can match the colossal stone one at Big Bear Mountain Resort.


Especially after a morning out in the snow, relax while warming up next to the fire. Take your time thawing as we cook up free hot meals, served in the main room adjacent the stunning fireplace.


Whether you are wetting your appetite for adventure or seeking a winter getaway, let ITH’s Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge make your Big Bear escape memorable. Within 15 miles of all of your favorite winter activities, and serving up free home cooked dinners and breakfasts everyday, Big Bear Mountain Adventure Lodge is the perfect lodging accommodation for your mid-week trip or vacation on a budget.