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Snow in Big Bear For A First Timer Family From Los Angeles

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Snow in Big Bear For A First Timer Family From Los Angeles

We've never been "to the snow" but really want the kids to experience it this winter. We have our sights set on Big Bear in late February or early March but the last thing we want to do is make the expense of renting a cabin and hauling the entire family up there only find out there is no snow to play in. Is this a legitimate concern for that period of time? How do you seasoned people plan your weekend skiing getaways? Do you book in advance and pray for a good dusting or do you wait for an impending storm and then hurry to try to book accommodations before everyone else does? OR is it safe to assume that during said period, snow will be always abundant? In a perfect world, I would reserve accommodations at least a month in advance, we’d make the trip to Big Bear and be welcomed by a winter wonderland. The kids would play in the snow during the day and the adults would hit the town during the nights (we don’t ski or snowboard – at least, not yet). Tips and suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Snow in Big Bear For A First Timer Family From Los Angeles

I believe that Bear Mountain and Snow Summit make snow when the need arises.

bearmountain.com/snowboard/…

bearmountain.com/snowboard/…

They have snow play areas - something for everybody.

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2. Re: Snow in Big Bear For A First Timer Family From Los Angeles

Thanks for the tip.

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3. Re: Snow in Big Bear For A First Timer Family From Los Angeles

If you live in Los Angeles, Big Bear is close enough (≈2 hrs) for a day trip. If you're looking to stay overnight, once it starts snowing, check the snow levels and how much snow fell. Check the ski reports for the base. When the base is reported in feet, you don't have to rush into the hills. The snow won't melt until spring starts. If you reserve and there isn't snow, cancel before penalties come into play. (That happens a lot to resorts for early season reservations.) If you don't want to deal with tire chains or you are not confident of your snow driving skills, go between storms, when roads will be cleared. (You should be prepared regardless.) February is a good month for snow to be found in higher mountains.

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4. Re: Snow in Big Bear For A First Timer Family From Los Angeles

I think I would wait the week before you want to go and see how the weather looks. The chances are at the end of Feb. or early March that the roads will be good and it won't be snowing, but one never knows.

That said, even if it hasn't snowed in a while, kids can still have a good time playing in the snow at one of the two tubing areas in Big Bear: http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com/ and http://alpineslidebigbear.com/Snowplay.html

If there is abundant snow on the ground, there are lots of great areas to sled in the area where one doesn't have to pay. Just ask around town.

Even without lots of snow, Big Bear is very beautiful in the winter, though there can be a good deal of crowds, esp. if there is a lot of snow on the ground.

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