Tip: To get to Big Bear, a car is needed. It is about an hour climb from the bottom in San Bernadino to the Big Bear resorts on the top of Big Bear mountain. It is wise to leave early in the morning as traffic near Big Bear during skiing/snowboarding season tends to get heavy later in the morning.
Directions: From The Los Angeles Area:
Take Interstate 10 East, to the 30 freeway North, to Hwy. 330 / Mtn. Resorts. Hwy. 330 goes through Running Springs and turns into Hwy. 18. Follow Hwy. 18 East and turn right across the Big Bear Lake dam. Stay on Big Bear Blvd. through the Big Bear Village or turn left on Paine Rd., which turns into Big Bear Blvd.
Be sure to buy a set of chains for your car if you plan on driving up while it's snowing. Driving conditions change drastically when the road is icy!
We bought our chains for around $30 at Walmart which were very easy to put on. There will be a sign on the side of the road telling you when to install them. Installations is simple, no tools required.