Winter in Big Bear Lake: A Locals Guide

Updated: Mar 25



Winter in Big Bear Lake is an exciting time of year. The snow-capped mountains, icy lakes, and cozy accommodations are just a few reasons why this season is so popular among locals and tourists alike. If it's your first time visiting, or you're looking for the best things to do during the winter months in Big Bear Lake, we have you covered in our locals guide below!

Tubing At Alpine Slide



Nothing says winter like gliding down the slopes on a tube. At Big Bear Alpine Slide, you'll get to ride the covered Magic Carpet uphill lift to the top of the mountain and then choose from one of the five runs to slide down! They even offer nighttime sessions that are completely lit up if you're looking for a little extra wintertime fun.



Snuggle Up At The Midnight Moon Cabins


Where you stay plays a significant role in the type of experience you'll have at Big Bear Lake. We love the cozy and modern cabins at Midnight Moon Cabins. With fireplaces and dog-friendly cabins that are creatively curated down to the last detail, it's the perfect way to snuggle up and enjoy the winter weather. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a fun time with the family, there's a great variety of luxury cabins to choose from.

Hit The Slopes At Big Bear Mountain Resort

Of course, you can't have a winter at Big Bear Lake without skiing. You'll find some of the best slopes in Southern California at Big Bear Mountain resort, with over 18 trails, 7 lifts, and 650' of vertical. You can purchase day tickets, rentals, and lessons through Big Bear Mountain Resorts' official website.

Try Delicious Family-Style Food At Teddy Bear Restaurant


One of our favorite spots in Big Bear Lake is Teddy Bear Restaurant. They serve up delicious family-style homecooked food that's perfect to enjoy during the cold winter months. You can order a variety of dishes like chicken pot pie, burgers, pot roast, and country-fried steaks, to name just a few! It definitely hits the spot when you're craving comfort food.

Take A Hike At Castle Rock Trail


During the winter months, you can enjoy hiking in Big Bear without worrying about scorching temperatures or dealing with bugs! The trail is only 1.3 miles and provides a perfect way to see Big Bear Lake from above. However, this hike can be a bit challenging, so make sure you're prepared with the right outerwear and water!

Shop For Souvenirs At The Village Shops



After you've enjoyed the wintertime fun in Big Bear Lake, it's time to head back into town. The Village Shops are filled with shops and boutiques with souvenirs perfect for your friends or family back home! You can find everything from sweaters to snow globes.

Enjoy A Zipline Through The Mountains


If you want to try something unique, ziplining is a winter favorite at Action Tours California. You'll start with a scenic gondola ride up to the top of Bear Mountain and then enjoy ziplining through the snowy pine trees. It's an exhilarating experience that will leave you wanting more!

Visit Big Bear Lake Today!


Whether you're looking for a fun family outing or an exciting couples retreat, there's no shortage of things to do during the winter months in Big Bear Lake. If it's your first time visiting the area, we hope this local's guide has provided some helpful tips and suggestions!



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