If you’re trying to decide where your next winter vacation should be, consider visiting Big Bear Lake in the mountains of Southern California.

Big Bear Lake has several attractions that are accessible through all four seasons but also has some activities that are only available during the winter months that you don’t want to miss out on.

Magic Mountain

You’ll find many activities that are enjoyable for adults and families at Magic Mountain. Take a ride on a scenic chairlift with views of Big Bear Lake and bobsled down the Alpine Slide on individually controlled sleds with two different tracks to choose from.

Other activities include the Soaring Eagle, a two-seat ride sending you forward 500 feet off of a launch tower over snowy mountains, and a snow tubing hill. Magic Mountain illuminates their snow tubing hill in the evening in neon shades for an even more exciting experience.

Skiing and Snowboarding At Big Bear

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced at winter sports, there are trails available for anyone who wants to hop on a snowboard or snow skis. The Big Bear Mountain Resort offers lift tickets that are available for purchase November through April for both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. A single lift ticket gives you access to both parks with a combined 26 lifts and 55 runs of varying difficulties.

Packages are also available that include lessons for young children and adults, as well as private and evening lessons.

Are you new to winter sports and don’t have your own gear? Big Bear Mountain Resort can provide rental snowboards, skis, poles, and boots.

Snowshoeing and Hiking

There are several hiking trails in and around Big Bear Lake. A few easy trails for families to try are the Nature Discovery Loop Trail (.5 miles), the Woodland Loop Trail (1.5 miles), and the Alpine Pedal Path (5.4 miles) which is a dog-friendly, paved, walkway. More experienced hikers can try the Castle Rock Trail (2.4 miles) which leads to a granite rock outcropping overlooking Big Bear Lake and its surrounding mountains.

If you’re looking for a challenge, Cougar Crest Trail to Bertha Peak (3.5 miles one way) is a strenuous hike, but rewards hikers with a beautiful 360-degree view at its peak featuring Bear Valley, Holcomb Valley and the Mojave Desert. This trail also has a unique feature where it crosses a Pacific Crest Trail junction.

During the winter months, it might be helpful to wear some snowshoes on more difficult hikes, but also snowshoeing can be a fun activity to enjoy regardless of trail difficulty. You can rent snowshoes from two shops – Goldsmiths and Bear Valley Bikes. Both rental companies can also provide you with advice about what trails might be best to snowshoe on and provide maps.

Helicopter Tours

You don’t have to hike up Bertha Peak or ride the Soaring Eagle at Magic Mountain in order to see the impressive views of Big Bear Lake.

Helicopter Big Bear offers several helicopter tours ranging from 10 to 65 miles and starting at $35.00 per person. Helicopter rides are suitable for individuals of all ages, and perfect for couples looking to spend a sunset flight together.

Digs By Dan Vacation Rental At Big Bear Lake

When you plan your visit to Big Bear Lake, Digs by Dan’s Big Bear rental is the perfect place for your stay. We offer plenty of space in our storage lockers for you to store your rental gear before leaving for the mountains, a spacious hot tub to relax in at the end of the day, and two firepits for you and your family and friends to gather around to talk about your adventures. Book with us today!