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.