Big Bear Welcomes Winter Season With Snow Play

Big Bear Snow Play opens for the 2019-20 winter season Saturday, November 2 with three full-length snow-tubing runs. This makes Big Bear Snow Play the first in Southern California with snow.

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Recent evening weather conditions have allowed Big Bear Snow Play to make plenty of snow and get a jump-start on the winter season. The snow-tubing park will continue to make snow as weather permits. 

"We're the only place in Southern California with snow right now!" said Big Bear Snow Play Director of Operations Scott Voigt. "We have a solid snow base to start the season, and the weather forecast shows we'll have a lot more opportunities to make snow in the next 10 days."  

Big Bear Snow Play has ski-resort quality snowmaking systems to assure there is always snow for snow-tubing family fun from November to April. The tubing park also grooms its runs nightly to ensure optimum sliding conditions, just as ski resorts do. As winter continues, Big Bear Snow Play will eventually blanket its runs with more snow and expects to boast more than 20 feet of snow on up to eight runs.

Big Bear Snow Play provides two Magic Carpet uphill lifts, which are comprised of a large moving conveyor belt, similar to an airport terminal people mover that transports riders to the top of snow-packed slopes. The purpose of Magic Carpet rides is to eliminate the stress of climbing the hill, which in turn provides opportunity for more downhill fun. For added comfort, one of the Magic Carpet rides comes equipped with a Plexiglass cover for those snowy, chilly days. Other features at the park include a "kiddie area" for the youngest riders, and when it's time for a winter warm-up, head to the heated base lodge for family-priced snack bar and video games.

New this year at Big Bear Snow Play is an exhilarating aerial adventure called Big Bear Ropes Course. Families seeking an additional winter adventure can balance on ropes, cross bridges, and climb through various obstacles, all from the safety of a climbing harness. Big Bear Ropes Course sends participants on a self-guided tour through 37 obstacles spread over 6,400 sq. feet on 2 levels that are 12 to 35 feet in the air. It's a great way to get above the snow to see Big Bear's unique winter landscape. Big Bear Ropes Course is open all year round (weather permitting).

Big Bear Snow Play is open this Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will resume operations the following weekend November 9 and 10, and then continue to operate daily from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Glow tubing starts Friday, November 29, and will be open every Friday, Saturday, and holiday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Snow tubing participants must be at least 36" tall. Snow Tubing passes, which includes tube rental and Magic Carpet lift are $35; a small child's ticket (36" to 42" in height) is $20 with a paid adult 18 years or older. Guests are free to come and go as they please. Big Bear Snow Play is located at 42825 Big Bear Blvd. (three miles east of Big Bear Village, next to Motel 6). For more information call 909-585-0075 or visit  

east of Big Bear Village, next to Motel 6). For more information call 909-585-0075 or visit  

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