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Big Bear Travel Guide

Big Bear Valley
Big Bear Valley © jcookfisher

Located in the middle of San Bernadino National Forest, Big Bear is where Los Angelinos flock when the snow starts falling. Not far from the city of San Bernadino and greater Los Angeles, the area is a popular weekend break from the smog and rat race of city life.

Big Bear's two major ski resorts, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, offer 33 individual pistes served by 12 ski lifts, and their position 4,920 feet (1,500m) above sea level ensures there is plenty of snow. There are a good variety of ski runs, especially for intermediates, and caters for snowboarders with a terrain park featuring more than 150 jumps and 80 jibs.

Big Bear is also an all-around resort however, drawing crowds with tempting attractions like fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, boating, waterskiing and horseback riding. The city of Big Bear has family entertainment like cinemas, bowling, and arcades, and offers a big variety of restaurants and a buzzing nightlife to keep everyone entertained off-piste.

With so many attractions so close to the greater LA area, it's no wonder that Big Bear is Southern California's most popular ski resort!