When the temperatures drop and the snow begins to fall, there’s no better place on the map to enjoy a winter getaway than Big Bear, California. Far from the hustle of big-city life, Big Bear offers travelers an inviting and scenic retreat with plenty of activities and attractions to match. The following are just a few of the many top Big Bear winter activities when seasonal travel brings you this way.
Head for the Slopes
For many winter travelers, nothing sounds more inviting than time enjoyed on the ski slopes. Big Bear hosts both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain for those who can’t wait to grab their skis and snowboards and see what the runs have in store for them this winter. If you’re new to skiing but excited to try, both destinations are wonderful for booking lessons and learning the basics before putting your skills to the test.
Book an Outing with Action Tours
Heading out to explore the winter terrain of Big Bear on your own is always an option, but there are times when booking a winter tour alongside a guide will take you further. At Action Tours, you can participate in both Segway tours and Zipline experiences year-round. There’s something wonderfully refreshing about ziplining at breathtaking speeds through snowy forest treetops. Segway tours in the winter get you off the beaten path and into the glittering backcountry that’s sure to inspire.
Spend Time Snow Tubing
When you’re looking for family-friendly snow activities to add to your itinerary, don’t leave stops like Big Bear Snow Play or the Alpine Slide off your list. These are top spots for tubing in Big Bear in the winter, providing a safe space far from rocks and trees. There are even options to purchase tickets for glow tubing where you can tube down the slides while illuminated in neon lights after the sun goes down.
Rent Snowshoes and Hit the Trails
While summer in Big Bear is a hiker’s dream come true, those same scenic trails can be transformed into picture-perfect snowshoeing routes in the wintertime. Big Bear Lake’s National Forest trails are particularly inviting and are open to the public year-round. At Goldsmith’s Sports, it’s simple to rent the gear you need to make the most of the fun. At The Discovery Center, you can book a place on a guided snowshoe tour which offers up some more insight alongside a knowledgeable and friendly guide along the way.
Take a Helicopter Tour for a New View
Land-based fun in the winter across Big Bear isn’t hard to come by. The good news is, there are options for sky-high adventures in the winter as well. Consider booking a helicopter tour through the team at Helicopter Big Bear when you’re here this time of year. There’s just something endlessly beautiful about seeing the snowing and glittering terrain from above that’s hard to top.
Relish Time at Delicious Area Restaurants
For all of the outdoor fun that awaits in Big Bear, winter travelers can rest assured that there are just as many opportunities to warm up and savor the moment when they explore local eateries. Big Bear is packed with fantastic restaurants to explore and during the winter, seasonal menus are rich and robust. A few top contenders that you’re going to want to make sure you enjoy for palate-pleasing moments include Captain’s Anchorage Restaurant and Bar located on Moonridge Way, Oakside on Village Drive, and Peppercorn Grille easily found on Pine Knot Avenue.
Warm Up at Luxurious Spas
There’s no reason relaxation, rest, and rejuvenation shouldn’t be built into your winter getaway to Big Bear. When you’re looking for some well-deserved pampering, make sure to make time on your to-do list for a stop at a few great area spas. Altitudes Massage and Spa offers 18 different types of massage as well as their very own skincare line of products. At Elevations Day Spa, guests can enjoy a massage, wrap, or facial and pair it all up with a wine package too. Mountain Mobile Massage & Spa comes to you right in the comfort of your Big Bear vacation rental upon request. No matter what destination you select, you’re sure to leave feeling and looking your best.
Making more of your Big Bear winter getaway is wonderfully simple when you book beautiful and inviting accommodations through Big Bear Vacations. Our rentals are vast and varied, keeping guests close to the places they’re excited to experience and explore while offering the best of amenities and elevated features too. Our team is happy to handle the booking details while our guests focus on the well-deserved fun ahead. Reach out today to learn more about our exciting and inviting options. We can’t wait to see you in scenic Big Bear this winter!