Plan Your Trip
Decide your route
3 Ways to Big Bear!
How many ways do you know to get to Big Bear? Most people are aware of HWY 330/18 “the front way” from San Bernardino through Running Springs and do not realize that there are a total of 3 ways into Big Bear. When all three routes are open, the “front way” is the fastest route into the valley, although during busy times it can become more congested. Hwy 38 from Redlands is a bit longer however; it is a great alternate route and will often save time when leaving the valley. Travelers coming from the High Desert area prefer HWY 18 “the back way”. This route is often less impacted during snowy weather.
Where to Stay
Big Bear Mountain Resorts is located in the City of Big Bear Lake with several types of lodging within walking distance or a short drive to the resorts, including condominiums, cabins, private homes, hotels, etc. Snow Summit or Bear Mountain does not operate any lodging facilities; however, there are a number of lodging options within convenient walking distance of each resort base area. Big Bear Mountain Resorts works very closely with the Big Bear Lake Resort Association, with many members offering great savings through Lift and Lodging packages. For more lodging information, please contact 800-4-BIG-BEAR or visit their Web site at bigbear.com
On peak weekends and holidays we strongly recommend you get an early start so the renting process goes smoothly. Late arrivals can encounter a line at the rental outlets. If you are renting on a Saturday or holiday, it’s best to arrive just before opening or even the afternoon before beginning at 2:00p.m. to secure your equipment.
Did you remember…
- Sunscreen and chap stick- The sun is intense in Big Bear Lake; we’re a mile closer to it!
- Sunglasses or goggles- To keep you from squinting all day.
- Snow clothes, water resistant pants and jacket- So you stay dry and comfortable on the snow.
- Dress in layers- It’s always easier to take clothes off
- Gloves or mittens- Water-resistant
- Beanie- Don’t let the heat escape your noggin
- Helmet- Protect the dome. Helmets are required for Freestyle Camp at The Park.
- Gear- Skis or snowboard, and ski or snowboard boots. Unless of course you are renting.
- Camera- share your pics and tag us on Instagram and Facebook
- Chains/Cables- For your car, truck or SUV- All vehicles must always carry chains when traveling to the mountains
- Drink water- Staying hydrated is essential to having fun at high altitudes
- Season pass (if you have one)- So you can avoid paying $50 for the replacement fee
- Dry clothes and socks- For the ride home
- Lockers are available to stash all your goodies.
- Gift Card, Cash and or Credit Card
- Family meeting zone- in front of Guest Services
- Check road and snow conditions before your visit- 909.866.5766 or visit our Snow Report page.
…but if your forget, our Sports Shops carry everything on this list aside from chains/cables.