Will Snow Come Early in Southern California?

Two weeks of snowmaking efforts prompted Alpine Slide Big Bear to open its snow tubing hills for the 2023-2024 season. The snow-tubing park reported that its snow base is over two feet with two full-length snow-tubing runs now open. Big Bear’s recent cold temperatures combined with dry winds have come at an opportune time, especially for folks looking to getaway for one or both of the upcoming November holidays. Up first is Veteran’s Day this Friday, November 10 and then Thanksgiving follows two weeks later on Thursday, November 23.

“This year Veteran’s Day is a little more special because it falls on a Friday, which gives families a great option to getaway to Big Bear Lake for a three-day holiday weekend.” added Eubanks. “And by the time Thanksgiving comes around we should accumulate even more snow with more open runs!”

Alpine Slide Big Bear is prepared to make even more snow with ideal snowmaking conditions in the cards for the next 10 days. Alpine Slide has ski-resort quality snowmaking systems to ensure there is always snow for snow-tubing enthusiasts. It also grooms its runs each night, which make ideal sliding conditions for the following day. As winter season continues, both Mother Nature and Alpine Slide will ultimately cover the snow-tubing park with more of the white stuff, which will eventually stack up to 15 to 20 feet of snow.

Alpine Slide makes it easy to get to the top of the hill too, with its Magic Carpet ride. The moving conveyor belt eliminates the stress of climbing the hill and provides more opportunity for having fun on the slopes. For added comfort, the Magic Carpet ride comes equipped with a Plexiglass cover to shield guests from winter-weather conditions.

This family-friendly recreation area gives both kids and adults an opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the winter season with other attractions that includes the Mineshaft Coaster, the Alpine Slide ride and the Soaring Eagle. The Mineshaft Coaster is the first and only mountain coaster in California that offers an extraordinary thrill ride that spans several acres along the snow-covered mountains. Guests can enjoy the thrills of this speedy amusement-style ride while basking in Big Bear’s glorious, white-capped winter scenery. Another great attraction at Alpine Slide Big Bear is the iconic Alpine Slide ride, which resembles the Winter Olympics luge or bobsled. Riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds down a quarter-mile-long-concrete track with high-banked turns and long straightaways. Each sled is equipped with Teflon runners, ball bearing wheels, control handle and brakes. The Soaring Eagle ride gives thrill-seekers an opportunity to soar like a bald eagle and take in the views of Big Bear’s snow-covered terrain from high above. Other options for fun at Alpine Slide Big Bear include an 18-hole miniature golf course, go-karts and video games. All outdoor attractions are open during the winter (weather permitting). The heated-base lodge, with a family-priced snack bar, is a great place to take a break and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.

Alpine Slide Big Bear is open daily for snow tubing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Night tubing begins Friday, November 24, and thereafter will be open every Friday, Saturday and holiday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All other attractions at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, which includes the Mineshaft Coaster, the Alpine Slide ride, the Soaring Eagle, mini-golf and go-karts are open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to dusk.

Alpine Slide Big Bear is located at 800 Wildrose Lane (just off Big Bear Blvd.). For pricing, height requirements, and general information call 909-866-4626 or visit

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