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Posted: 01-Feb-16
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Friendly places to stay with your Pet in Big Bear Lake California. Fishing in Big Bear Lake.

How much in advance should groups book lodging reservations?

Many big groups book up to two years in advance and returning groups usually book a year in advance to reserve their specific dates for AAA approved big cabins in Big Bear. #bigbear
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Family friendly places to stay with your pet in Big Bear Lake California. Year-round AAA approved resort and cabin facilities 
designed to accommodate and provide amenities and activities for groups of 20 to 200 in the heart of scenic Big Bear Lake. GOLDEN BEAR COTTAGES RESORT OFFERS AAA APPROVED PRIVATE CABIN LODGING RIGHT BETWEEN ALL THREE MAJOR SKI RESORTS



Get Your Season in the SNOW started this week.
CARRY CHAINS ABOVE 4,000 FEET ... IT'S THE LAW!!! The Chamber has received information that manned chain checks are in effect on all routes leading to Big Bear Valley. Restrictions may vary throughout the week, however please be advised that all vehicles, regardless if 4WD or AWD with snow tires or not, are required to display their chains to requesting personnel. For current chain restrictions, visit

You've heard the predictions. You've seen the early season snowfall. What does El Nino mean to you? It means you'll be skiing and riding more.


Your season will last further into the Spring. Get your 
Bear+Summit Anytime Season Pass
Big Bear Ski and Snowboard lift tickets direct phone line

See you on the snow…

SNOW CHAINS ARE REQUIRED TO BE CARRIED IN ALL VEHICLES FROM NOVEMBER THROUGH APRIL when driving to Big Bear. Make lodging reservations for Winter holidays in the snow!

Snow Summit
Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Snow Summit is a year round premier destination for high-energy outdoor experiences. Revered for it's skiing and snowboarding in the winter and home to Southern California's only lift-served hiking and mountain biking during the summer  months. (only 3 miles from Golden Bear Cottages)

Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain is home to Southern California's highest lift-served peak sitting at 8,805 feet. With the only half-pipes in So Cal and its famous trendsetting terrain parks, Bear offers a youthful and core environment. In the cool summer months, make time at 7,200 feet at the Bear Mountain golf course. (only 4 miles from Golden Bear Cottages)

Snow Valley
As you leave the crowded freeways and begin your ascent into the mountains, the sky becomes more blue, and the air more crisp and clear. The scent of pine trees filters into your car and you can feel your stress drift away. Before you know it, after Running Springs you're rounding that last corner with the resort just ahead, right off the highway. This is Snow Valley... Closer Than You Think. (only 8 miles from Golden Bear Cottages)


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Big Bear Sheriff's Station PSA: 

Know Before You Go

Big Bear Valley offers many free snow play areas for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding.  Don't let your winter fun be ruined - KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!  Free areas for snow play are available on open forest service land and trails only.  Snow play on private property (including vacant lots) is prohibited.  Violators are subject to citation or arrest for trespassing.  Make sure to park your vehicle in an authorized location so you don't return from your day of fun to find a parking ticket or that your vehicle has been towed.

Here are some safety tips for sledding in unmaintained areas:

* Select a hill that is not too steep and has a long flat area at the bottom for you to glide to a stop.

* Avoid hillsides that end near a street or parking lot.

* Avoid hillsides that end near trees, boulders, fences or other hazards.

* Make sure the hill is free of obstacles such as rocks, trees, fallen branches, or trash/other debris.

* Choose hills that are snowy, rather than icy.  An icy slope makes for a hard landing if you fall off your sled.

* Sled during the daytime, when potential hazards are visible.

Pay-to-Play tubing on maintained runs is also available at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play.

DO NOT walk or play on the lake ice under any circumstances!  While the frozen lake may look inviting, it is extremely dangerous!!  Hypothermia and drowning are substantial risks.  Being on the lake ice, even close to the shoreline, is a violation of San Bernardino County Codes and Municipal Water District Ordinances.

Winter weather in the mountains can change dramatically in a very short period of time.  Make sure you are prepared with proper clothing, extra food and water, and a full charge on your cell phone battery.  If you take medication, have an extra supply on hand.  Carry extra supplies for your four-legged friends if they are traveling with you.  And always carry chains in your vehicle and know how to put them on.

With these tips in mind, you are sure to have a fun and safe experience in our winter wonderland!  For more information on recreational activities in Big Bear, contact the Big Bear Lake Visitors Center at (909) 866-7000 or the Big Bear Discovery Center at (909) 382-2790.

Tiffany Swantek, PIO

Big Bear Sheriff's Station


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Outdoor events/calander

1/22/2016   Vanessa Carlton @ The Cave
1/22/2016   Hiking Club - Green Valley Lake Snowshoe or Hike - Sierra Club, Mountains Group
1/23/2016   Hiking Club - Joshua Tree Black Rock Canyon / Warren Peak - Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
1/23/2016   Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours
1/23/2016   Animal Tracking
1/23/2016   Hiking Club - MISTLETOE WARRIORS
1/24/2016   Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours
1/24/2016   Hiking Club - Cougar Crest Trail - Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
1/25/2016   Hiking Club - Monday Moderate Hike- Big Bear Lake area
1/26/2016   Organic Grocery Delivery Day_869 (Copy)
1/27/2016   Hiking Club - Wednesday Walk with Barbara - MTHC
1/30/2016   Hiking Club - Murray Canyon Hike - Palm Springs area - Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
1/30/2016   Hiking Club - Utah Canyons Overlook -- Mecca Hills area - Sierra Club, Big Bear Group
1/30/2016   Hiking Club - Snow Day at Mt. Baldy - MTHC
1/30/2016   Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours
1/30/2016   Wild Child, the Doors Experience @ The Cave
1/31/2016   Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours
Winter is upon us and Big Bear Lake welcomes our guests and groups with open arms. 

If you're looking for a close getaway to a different world
this Winter, here are some traveler tips...

View many Big Bear Lake Family and Group Year-Round Activities BELOW:


ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY This Winter and Spring head up to cool Big Bear where the lake is filled with fun activities
and the forest is perfect for learning about nature or meandering through the forest on one of our many trails.


The natural alpine scenery that surrounds cool Big Bear Lake, from lakeside to the
mountaintops, creates stunning backdrops for events, which explains why so many
events are held each year at the mountain resort. Autumn is the perfect fit for
festivities, with a deep blue lake at center stage, thousands of shady trees swaying
to the sounds of nature, and cool mountain breezes providing a natural air conditioning
system for those looking to escape the heat.


In the fall the most notable event is the annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest,
the highest-altitude Oktoberfest celebration in the United States. For 46 years, this event
has attracted thousands of visitors to enjoy German food, imported brews, Bavarian bands,
traditional dances and competitions, such as the Queen Stein Carrying Contest.


Another fall staple is The Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. It's where cinema meets
the fresh alpine air. It showcases the emerging talents of screenwriters and independent
filmmakers on the silver screen, all brimming with creativity. For three days audience members
choose from documentaries, shorts and feature-length films, some moving, some daring, some
thought-provoking, and others downright hilarious. The film festival is also a forum for those
interested in all aspects of the film industry. 


Of course the lake is teeming with rainbow trout, which means it's only natural to have fishing
tournaments such as the May Trout Classic, Fishing for $50K and the 
October TroutfesT. There's
even a way to win some big bucks! And all it takes is some fishing gear, bait, patience and a little
luck. Anglers have the opportunity to catch a tagged trout worth $50,000 at 
Big Bear Lake's
Fishin' for $50K Trout Derby in June.


It only makes sense to kick off the summer months with a cool celebration to honor the great
outdoors. National Trails Day and National Get Outdoors Day (hosted by the 
Big Bear Discovery Center)
does just that, providing both traditional and innovative new ways to experience mother nature up
close and personal. Open Air Big Bear takes it to the next level by promoting a healthy lifestyle with
events to inspire people to get outside and stay active with a series of outdoor events with "altitude,"
such as
Team Big Bear's Mountain Bike Shootouts, Gran Fondo, Big Bear Lake Paddlefest,
Grizzly Stage Race and Endure the Bear Trail Run.
 In fact, the Open Air Big Bear series challenges
individuals to the best of their abilities to finish each race to become part of "Conquer the Bear."
It's a challenge that will change your life! Those looking for a more casual pace can choose from c
ommunity group bike rides sponsored by the Big Bear Cycling Association or nature walks, canoe
tours, and kayak tours offered by the 
Discovery Center every weekend from May to October.


Mothers are honored at a hotrod show dedicated to motherhood at the Moms and Rods Antique
Car Show. Artists display fine works of art on the water's edge at the annual Art on the Lake. Wine
aficionados and casual sippers alike venture into Big Bear Village to sample various wines and
hors d'oeuvres at the Summer Wine Walk in the Village. The Big Bear Alpine Zoo gets into the act
with a variety of events from its Old Time Bear Country Fair to the fun-filled Ice Cream Safari.


Each Fourth of July in Big Bear, thousands gather around the lake's 23 miles of shoreline to witness
one of California's top-rated fireworks displays. This fireworks spectacular shoots off top-of-the-line
fireworks that cascade over the lake creating a brilliant display of colors. It's a lengthy show of over
30 minutes in duration, and can be viewed from a boat, around the lake and throughout cool Big Bear
Valley. Don't miss the Rotary Club BBQ that offers an amazing lakefront view (sells out early, we
recommend to pre-purchase tickets online) .


All summer long the air is filled with music from rock 'n' roll concerts in the park to tribute bands at
the Big Bear Discovery Center's woodsy amphitheater or at 
The Cave in the Village. Save the date
to enjoy live music in a beautiful, outdoor forest setting at one of Big Bear Discovery Center's Music
in the Mountains Summer Concert series. Music in the Mountains features a diverse mix of genres
including rock, bluegrass, blues, western and even Celtic. The Cave in the Village is Big Bear's
newest concert venue offering weekly live entertainment from original bands, tribute bands or comedians.


If you're looking for a little zest to spice up your vacation then mark your calendar for the
annual chili cook-off every July. This event draws more than 40 cooks from all over the
southwest cooking up tasty concoctions, some mild and some with a zip. Visitors are invited
to taste test, enjoy live music and entertainment, food and drinks in the Bartlett Parking Lot
in the cool Big Bear Village.


In August, more than 500 vintage autos, dragsters, and custom coupes climb the mountain
to congregate in the Big Bear Village for the popular annual two-day Antique Car Club Fun Run.

26th Annual Antique Car Club Fun Run in the Village -  Aug 08, 2015 | 09:00AM - 04:00PM


Snow covered mountains in winter means ski and snowboard competitions at both
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain
. Christmas in the Village kicks off the holiday season
with strolling musicians, Victorian-style carolers, Christmas tree lighting ceremony and
of course, Santa Claus. Hundreds of skiers and snowboarders descend down the
mountain at Snow Summit's annual New Year's Eve torchlight parade.


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ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Watch 2016 
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP/NWS and the International Research 
Institute for Climate and Society 09 December 2015 ENSO Alert System Status:
El Niño Advisory Synopsis: There is approximately 95% chance that El Niño 
will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2016, gradually 
weakening in late Spring 2016.
El Niño weather event means more 2015/16 rain and snow for Big Bear Lake, CA

El Niño Advisory Synopsis:  
The weather event means more 2015/16 rain and snow for Big Bear Lake, CA

Winter is here. Are you ready for a great winter of snow skiing and riding? 
El Nino forecasts are only strengthening as we approach the Winter season. 
We have already seen nighttime lows in the single digits - winter is here. Purchase your 
2015/16 Season Pass and get the most from your winter.

Unlimited snow skiing and riding at both resorts with your 2015/16 Bear/Summit Anytime Pass

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Forecast valid for: 3 Miles SW Fawnskin CA 34.23°N 116.96°W (Elev. 7049 ft)

Weather forecast for Big Bear Lake week of January 31 - Feb 6, 2016

Weather forecast for Big Bear Lake week of January 31-Feb 6, 2016
Winter Storm Warning

Sunday: Snow. Some thunder is also possible. High near 31. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Sunday Night: Snow showers, mainly before 6am. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 19. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy, with a west wind around 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Windy, with a northwest wind 35 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Blustery.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 29. Blustery.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

Friday Night: 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

Saturday Night: 
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26..


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Big Bear's Lake favorite family style cabins and group lodging vacation spot: world famous Golden Bear Cottages
Golden Bear Cottages is pleased to offer many additional services for our guests including   group and retreat planning at our office located on our AAA approved, Diamond rated rustic resort property during your vacation or big retreat with us. See us for Big Bear Retreats for College and High school Sports Teams group travel and Track Clubs.  PLAN YOUR GROUP'S RETREATS NOW

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