Big Bear Current Situation – Miracle March
Big Bear is slated to open roads early this week
Snow storms cripple the towns plows.
Plows work on streets first and driveways last. You should expect to arrive at a home without the driveway plowed until all surfaces streets are completed. Many time Berms will be in front of the driveway. Please factor in that if a home says it has parking for 3, it will be very tight to get 2 after it is plowed; This is for 3,4,5 parking spots, always count on much less parking due to plows not being able to move the snow.
If you are staying in a home you may struggle to get out of the driveway since plows do not address occupied driveways.
Epic Snow Storms are incredible experiences but they come with a great deal more work. Groups with older people and younger children will have the biggest difficulties. Walkways will not be shoveled. Plows do not do driveways when cars in the driveway. You can check weather here.
If at least one road is open to Big Bear we cannot give you a cancellation / refund but we can reschedule for March/April this year. Please expect major delays to Big Bear.
Big Bear Road Conditions & Directions
Cal Trans – Updated every 30 minutes for road closures and chain restrictions –
Highways to Search For when traveling to Big Bear: HWY 38, HWY 330, HWY 18 –
As long as 1 road is open to Big Bear, no refunds can be granted. The best way to get to Big Bear during a snow storm is HWY 18 through Victorville. It is longer by mileage but always faster during snow storms and has almost never closed.
Caltrans Chain Control Requirement Levels:
W: No Restrictions – Watch for snow on pavement.
R-1: Chains are required on all commercial vehicles (trucks or buses). All other vehicles (cars, pick-ups, vans, etc.) must have either snow tread tires or chains on the drive axle.
R-2: Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires. Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry chains in the vehicle.
R-3: Chains required – ALL VEHICLES – no exceptions.
IT’S THE LAW: Carry tire chains at all times during winter travel in the mountains. SNOW PLAY ON OR NEAR ROADWAYS IS VERY DANGEROUS – DON’T DO IT! – DON’T RISK IT!
Caltrans officials urge you to check Big Bear road conditions often. To help keep you abreast of changing conditions, Caltrans operates the Caltrans Highway Information Network which motorists may telephone for up-to-the-minute information (800) 427-7623. The network is updated as Big Bear road conditions change.
Licona Tow Service – (909) 936-2148
A Performance Tow Service – (909) 878-0655
American Towing and Recovery – (909) 415-1035
Off Road recovery Steve 909-222-0265