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Driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear

Napa, California
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Driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear


I will be attending a conference at Northwoods Resort in two weeks and wondered what the road conditions are driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear are. I live in the SF Bay Area and wonder how the roads compare to Lake Tahoe, if it's similar. Is it four lanes? What is the elevation? It doesn't look like it's going to snow (knocking on wood). The other alternative is a shuttle but it makes me a little nervous riding in a shuttle on mountainous roads for an hour and a half. Most shuttles don't have seat belts.

Any destination experts out there that can give me some feedback would be appreciated.

Thank you so much

Napa, California
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1. Re: Driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear

The drive from Ontario to Big Bear Lake took about one hour and twenty minutes. From the airport, the drive begins on the freeway, and then turns into two lanes and is definitely curvy. I did opt to take the shuttle and it was fine, in the front seat. The people in back were somewhat car sick but our driver was very considerate and took the turns slow and carefully. We used the Big Bear Taxi Service and they were awesome. If I return, I would opt to rent a car (or drive down from the bay area) because on the way up and down the mountain, there were so many beautiful scenic places that I would have loved to stop for photographs. Big Bear is truly a gorgeous place and we had a wonderful time on the mountain!

Fremont, California
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2. Re: Driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear

The drive up to Big Bear has a great view of the valley. To compare, think of it as the last stretch on highway 50 into Lake Tahoe. In general in November, the roads are not subject to rain or snow. If you do get a bad rain/snow day (highly unlikely) road conditions can be a factor. In general, I opt with you to drive. Its a fairly easy road most days of the year. The roads are more 2 lanes. Big Bear is at 6,775 feet ((i.e. similar to Lake Tahoe.). If you are used to driving in the Sierras (think highway 50 style), you will have no problems with the drive to Big Bear. Do check a map or mapquest for best route from the airport or ask at the rental area.

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3. Re: Driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear

Too bad, you are a bit early - no snow yet. If you get a chance later in the season try out Big Bear Ski Resort


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4. Re: Driving from Ontario Airport to Big Bear

Tahnks for the report!! I love Big Bear in any season.

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