During winter, a lot of Southern Californians go to Mammoth Mountain or Tahoe to have some winter fun. These areas are more than 6 hours away by car. Sometimes is more convenient to take a plane to the chosen destination. But what about those who just have one day to experience the mountain air, the smell of pine trees and the smoothness of snow? No problem. They go to Southern California’s first mountain recreation area. It is called Big Bear.
Big Bear is surrounded by the San Bernandino National Forest and is a year-around resort destination. Skiers and snowboarders can practice their skills at the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas. During summer, hiking, biking and horse riding enthusiasts can find a wide array of well maintained trails. The interesting thing is that the area contains several lakes. Therefore, it is possible to arrange fishing trips that would provide the opportunity of catching trout, bass and catfish.
Last weekend, my husband and I plus 46 people from our church did a day trip to Big Bear. We started the day by finding and area to hit the slopes. To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of snow. For the last couple of weeks, Southern California has been experiencing a spring like climate. It has been over 70 degrees almost every day (I know you hate us East Coasters). But I like it like that because I am not big cold weather fan.
What I know is that there was enough snow for this!!!!
What do you think I meant when I say we were going to hit the slopes? I was referring to sledding, of course. I rode down about 4 times. I ate enough snow for the day.
After a picnic style lunch, we walked around town. It is a small, picturesque town.
And of course before leaving the area, we had to stop by the lake.
In summary, it was a great day. Perfect weather. Beautiful views. Fun Moments. Good Food. And the most important thing: I was surrounded by the people I love. What else can I ask for?
If you go:
Big Bear is about 25 miles (40 km) from the city of San Bernandino. From Los Angeles is about a 2 hour drive.