Snow Sports

Ski & Snowboard

Big Bear Lake is home to Southern California’s two premier ski resorts. Snow Summit is the place for everyday skiers and riders in search of a friendly laid back winter playground. “The Park” at Bear Mountain, known as an “All Mountain Terrain Freestyle Park”, attracts every level from first-time snowboarders and skiers to freestyle enthusiasts. It is the only mountain resort in the United States devoted almost entirely to a freestyle terrain. Both resorts set themselves apart from other Southern California’s ski areas because of their quality snowmaking and slope grooming.

Children who visit Big Bear Lake can experience the thrill of inner tubing down snow packed slopes, which are specifically designed for good times. Parents, too, can relive their youthful days and glide down the smooth vertical incline for a fun-filled ride. Inner tubing in the winter wonderland is the ultimate outdoor family outing that creates memories that last a lifetime. Many families have made sliding down the slopes of Big Bear Lake an annual tradition.

Best Snowshoe Experiences

Moonlight Snowshoe
There’s not much better than enjoying a quiet snowshoe under a full moon so bright that you don’t need a headlamp. Moonbeams light your way as shadows darken the stark white snow. Be a friend of Open Air Big Bear on Facebook to find dates and details.

Pine Knot Trail
Pine Knot Trail is an easy to moderate snowshoe trail with easy parking and trail access. Park at Aspen Glen Picnic Area. Follow the signs to the trailhead. This trail, also known as 1E01 can take you all the way to Grand View point, a round trip of six miles. The best part of the Pine Knot Trail is that you can turn around at any point and return quickly to your car.

Town Trail
Town Trail has easy access from just behind the Townhouses at Snow Summit. Park at Snow Summit, walk to the trailhead where you can put on your snowshoes. Town Trail is less than three miles round trip and is fairly flat, though there are some short ups and downs. There are some fantastic views of the lake along the trail, so don’t go too fast to stop and enjoy.

Grandview Point
Grandview Point begins where Pine Knot /1E01 ends. The two mile round trip trail takes you to a view point that is nearly unmatched. From Grand View Point you can see San Gorgonio (Southern California’s highest peak) the Santa Ana River Valley, Sugarloaf Peak, Butler Peak and on a clear day we’ve even seen Catalina Island.

Ski/Snowboard/Snow Play in Big Bear

Snow Summit
Ski and Board Resort

Bear Mountain
Ski and Board Resort

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Alpine Slide
Snow Tubing and Family Fun

Big Bear Snow Play
Sledding and Family Fun

Ski/Snowboard Rentals in Big Bear

Goldsmiths Board House
Ski, Board and Snowshoe Rentals

Blauers Board Shop
Snowboard Rentals, Accessories

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Ski and Board Rentals, Accessories

TC Ride Shop
Snowshoe Rentals and Gear

Johnny’s Ski And Board House
Ski, Snowboard Rentals and Gear

Bear Valley Ski & Board Shop
Ski, Snowboard Rentals and Gear