Big Bear City Travel Guide

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  • Big Bear
    Big Bear
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Big Bear
    Big Bear
    by Jim_Eliason

Big Bear City Things to Do

  • Go Snowboarding in Southern California!

    The secret is out that there is a mountain close by to Los Angeles that has some great runs to board. That place is Snow Summit, a great place to snowboard in Big Bear. The locals know this place, and now you do. Just drive through up the mountain to Big Bear to find these skiing/boarding areas. Snowboarding in Southern California has never been so...

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  • Best Massage Ever!

    I got a massage at Cloud 9 Massage Therapy. It was the best ever! She is so good! I honestly felt like I was floating on Cloud 9. Her room is so perfect. It makes you feel like you are in heaven, well you are. I highly recommend her!

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  • I think one of the most unique...

    I think one of the most unique aspects of nearby Big Bear Lake is that it has a Sun Observatory near the middle. How can an observatory be in the middle of a lake? A long rocky penninsula runs in a straight line for about a hundred yards out into the lake itself. At the end there's a tall white building, that's rounded at the top, where astronomers...

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Big Bear City Restaurants

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    by RawdgerDodger Written Jan 26, 2008

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    This place is nicely situated at the top of the slopes of Snow Summit off of chair lift 2. This place provides a nice place to grub on some nice food or get a drink in the middle of your snow sports adventure. My only critique is that the prices are a bit high and the inside is not made to hold many people.

    Favorite Dish: I personally liked the chicken fingers with barbecue sauce.

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Big Bear City Nightlife

  • Big Bear Camping Nightlife

    Out in the woods, up a dirt road that (should) takes 20 minutes to drive up, there ain't a whole heck of a lot to do at night. Be sure to stock up on planty of beer and ice to keep you covered for a few days at least. Camping dress code: hopefully you don't stink... too badly.

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  • Wild times at the bowling alley

    With an utter lack of anything to do (except sit around camp & drink), bowling in Big Bear City was an exciting diversion for the evening. The lanes were much more advanced than I had expected though the actual facility is quite small. I believe it cost aprx. $10 US for shoe rental and 1 game per person. Cool rental shoes.

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Big Bear City Transportation

  • Getting to Big Bear

    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...

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  • Tire Chains for SNOW

    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...

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Big Bear City Local Customs

  • Man-Made Snow

    Even when the rain is scarce is Southern California, modern day technology on Big Bear Mountain provides fresh man-man snow for sports revelers. Southern California normally gets two to three major winter storms in the wintertime that provide the local San Gabriel mountains with snow. This base of snow is called a snow pack. A good snow pack for...

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  • Wait your turn in Line--No Cutting!

    First come, first up the slopes. That is the way it works here on the slopes of Big Bear. In order to get to those awesome runs at the very top of the mountain, a chair lift is needed. There are many people that use these chair lifts and everybody waits in line for their turn to ride. If you are a cutter, then you will find yourself expelled from...

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Big Bear City Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch Out for Others on the Slopes!

    About the worst character of skier or snowboarder that I can think of are those who pay little or no attention to those who happen to be around them. I am not going to lie to you, winter sports such as these can be dangerous. But with a little care and concern, everyone can have fun in the snow safely. Just as if you were driving a car, make sure...

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  • Injuries on the Slopes

    If you happen to get injured on the slopes of Big Bear, have no fear, a team of rescuers is on hand to help you out. It is good to note that this team of rescuers is there to help you out only "if" you stay on the runs of the resort. If you freestyle off the runs then there is a good chance that you will have to wait a while before somebody helps...

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  • Check for Loose Clothing or Equipment

    If you decide to go skiing/snowboarding safety should be your primary concern. These winter sports no matter how fun can be dangerous if one does not abide by safety rules posted on the mountain. Before you ski or snowboard down the mountain, make sure that you check for loose clothing or equipment as this could affect your ride.

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Big Bear City What to Pack

  • by TrueBeliever Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: If you plan on simply staying in the small city itself, bring luggage. But if you're one of those adventerous types, bring one of those huge wanna-be mountain-climber backpacks that reach from your head to knee-level so you can play Mr. or Mrs. 'Survivor' while hiking out in the woods. Or you can bring a small backpack if you don't have those 'illusions of grandeur' and plan on staying the night at a hotel in the city. But if it's winter, try to bring something waterproof for the snow.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summertime, bring maybe a light jacket and pants or shorts as the temperature usually isn't lower than 65 or 70 degrees Farenheit. But in the spring, fall, and especially winter months, bring warmer clothing. Preferably a heavy coat and long pants. In the winter it can snow 3 or 4 feet and, very very rarely, even up to 6 feet! Unless you want to adorn the display window of a novelty shop as the first human icicle in Big Bear, bring all necessary winter gear to keep nice and toasty warm

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The hiker's best friend--toilet paper! Also, if you're going to be out in the woods, bring some sort of first-aid kit. It doesn't have to eb a miniture hospital in a box, just enough to treat injuries that might result from falling or minor insect bites. One caution though, rattelsnakes, although rare, can be found out in the woods in teh warmer months (April-August) so bring along a snake-bite kit just in case.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a good sturdy tent and all the camping essentials that you might deem necessary. There's paved roads leading to some campground sites, but the best campgrounds are the ones you can only reach by dirt roads. These roads aren't too bad to navigate by Four-Wheel-Drive, but I'm not too sure about a motor home. Gasp! Wouldn't it be sad if your giant 50 grand motor home ended up at the bottom of a ravine? What a tragedy!

    Miscellaneous: You might want to bring a pair of binoculars to see far off animals such as deer or eagles and falcons. It isn't often that you'll be lucky enough to encounter some of the more retiring wildlife, but you never know. I've seen deer, wild rabbits, eagles, racoons and coyotes (at night), and even once the EXTREMELY rare black bear. He was rummaging through the trash at my former home in Arrowbear (which is about 7 miles from Big Bear).

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Big Bear City Off The Beaten Path

  • Gold Fever Trail

    There are a few tour groups that offer guided tours of the "Gold Fever Trail" up Van Dusen Canyon to the old site of Belleville mining town. Instead of paying $30 a pop, go to the Big Bear Discovery Center, pick up a self-guided tour map of your own and head on out (if you're car can handle the drive up- 5+ miles each way of dusty dirt road). There...

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  • Take a hike

    There are acres and acres of forest and mountain to explore all around Big Bear. There are fantastic views of the valley and lake from the top of most of the peaks. The Big Bear Discovery Center and/or the Ranger Station is probably a great resource for established trails but venturing off on your own path has it's rewards. Make sure to buy an...

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Big Bear City Sports & Outdoors

  • Snowboarding is the Thing to Do

    Snowboarding is perhaps the greatest winter sport ever invented. About the coolest thing to do in Southern California is to go snowboarding. Everyone always thinks of Los Angeles with sunny skies and 73 degrees all year long. That is a good myth but there are also a nice amount of cool times in the winter on our local mountains. Positives include a...

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  • Ski in Southern California!

    Perhaps the best mountain to visit during skiing/snowboarding season is Big Bear. Out of all the San Gabriel mountains in the Southland, Big Bear has the best and most extensive runs. Big Bear provides Southern Californians and others who have heard about this mountain, with a great place to practice winter sports. There are a nice number of places...

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