This article was produced in partnership with IKON Pass, which encourages you to own the stoke across California’s other iconic resorts, including Mammoth, June Mountain, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
Connecting four unique West Coast icons, California’s sweeping landscapes set the stage for a winter of endless discovery.
When time is of the essence and adventure is a must, a trip to Big Bear is in order. Just a short 2-hour drive from Los Angeles – depending on traffic and route – Big Bear is one of the city’s closest snow-bound adventure. The location of the first-ever dedicated terrain park – built way back in 1991 – this SoCal mountain has been creating, challenging, and evolving the mountain experience ever since.
Between Big Bear and its next-door neighbor, Snow Summit, there are ample turns for all adventure seekers. For park riders, dial up the airs with the only Super Pipe in Southern California, located at Big Bear Resort. For those seeking more family-friendly fun, carve out turns on the Snow Summit side of things with both night riding and the Grizzly Ridge Tube Park.
On the Road to Big Bear Mountain Resort:
Pre-Game Road Fuel Clearman’s North Woods Inn or Pomona Valley Mining Co
Before hitting the road, kickstart the adventure and get stoked on the rustic western Big Bear spirit with a stop at San Gabriel’s Clearman’s North Woods Inn or the Pomona Valley Mining Co. Each unique in LA’s diverse range of eclectic eateries, both venues dish up hearty plates of winter-ready fuel for the road and an ambiance to match.
Rim Of the World Highway – CA 18
Sometimes, the journey itself is something to savor. While there are several routes to get to Big Bear, traveling the Rim of the World Highway includes soaring vistas and neck-turning views. Strap in, tune your playlist, and just enjoy the ride.
Snowshoe The Pacific Crest Trail
As memorialized by Hollywood in the movie Wild, the Pacific Crest Trail is a unique icon all its own. Markedly less traveled in the winter months than it is in the summer, this particular section that runs through Big Bear is a favorite for snowshoeing. Here, you can challenge the crew with rising mountain trails or take it easy with valley strolls. As an Adventure Pass may be required at PCT trailhead access points, you’ll likely need to have one with you. And, whenever enjoying the backcountry, always go prepared.
Stay Ready For Stoke
Across California and beyond, with destinations coast-to-coast, now is the time to call the crew and plan out your season of stoke. With of endless adventure at Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, June Mountain, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, winter 21/22 is yours to own.