Jeff Mathieu
City Manager
(909) 866-5832


A few notes and reminders for residents and visitors to Big Bear for the Winter Season.

The final leaves are dusting the ground and winter is quietly knocking at our door. While temperatures are dropping our beautiful mountain home still offers a wide array of activities to keep you busy while you anticipate ringing in 2019. Please keep in mind that during the winter months, snow conditions will sometimes be in effect and city staff is continuing to work diligently to find solutions to the array of situations that our residents face in these busy months of the year. The City provides a useful Snow Removal Guide for any inquiries you may have as well as details regarding ongoing winter operations plans at

A small sampling of activities and events are provided below and a full list is contained on the local website:

  • Winter Sports: Skiers and snowboarders of all skill sets have access to more than 30 runs between Snow Summit Ski Resort and Bear Mountain Resort, planned opening day will be weather dependent, but the Mountain Resorts are already working on getting a man-made base established in time for the Christmas holiday; Big Bear also offers two exciting full service family friendly snow play hills with Big Bear Snow Play and Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, weather permitting, both locations are targeting late November openings.
  • Run or Walk & the Big Bear Discovery Center: A number of beautiful trails remain open during the winter months, bundle up and take a hike up to the breathtaking views on Castle Rock or stroll around the lake on the newly rehabilitated Alpine Pedal Path taking in the snowcapped mountain tops; for regular and more relaxed walking and outdoor tours the Big Bear Discovery Center continues to offer a multitude of nature walk options and is an ideal location for beginners to enjoy snowshoeing, weather permitting.
  • Music & Live Entertainment: The Cave Entertainment Center and Wyatt’s Saloon at the Convention Center offer diverse genres ranging from Rock and Jazz to Country and Alternative Music; enjoy an evening bundled under the stars with Movies in the Meadow at Snow Summit on select dates in the months of December and January.
  • Art: The Big Bear Performing Arts Center will offer an array of Holiday themed entertainment from local actors, singers, dancers and musicians featuring the Lighthouse Youth Orchestra, Arts Council of Big Bear Valley, Big Bear Theater Project and the Nutcracker Ballet presented by the Moonridge School of Dance (please visit for show times)
  • Holiday Fun for the Family: Greet Santa & Mrs. Clause with your Christmas Wish List, every weekend through December 23rd from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Village; take a Hayride to the North Pole at Bear Valley Farms every Friday & Saturday in December from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and ring in the New Year at Wyatt’s Family New Year’s Eve Party or the Annual Torchlight Parade at Snow Summit on December 31st

I hope you take the opportunity to learn more about Big Bear Lake when you visit. Visitor information is provided daily at the Big Bear Visitors’ Center located in the Village at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake 92315, or call 909.866.7000.


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