With record breaking snowfall already being predicted thanks to El Nino, Big Bear is getting ready for winter fun! Before you head up to Big Bear Lake for skiing and snowboarding, make sure you are prepared for the colder mountain climate so you can enjoy your vacation rental in Big Bear.
Big Bear Vacation Check-Off List
Fuel up– Make sure you start heading up the mountain to your Big Bear cabin rental with a full tank of gas. You don’t want to be caught off guard and no fuel in the tank in case there is an accident, or you have to pull over for any reason.
Chains required– Get your tires fitted for snow chains and make sure you know how to use them. You don’t want to have your vacation in Big Bear Lake delayed by getting forced to turn around and go back down the mountain. Chains are typically non-returnable, so get a good set and keep them in your vehicle.
Leave early– The drive up the mountain to Big Bear can be a beautiful experience, but once the weather turns or night falls, conditions can change quickly. Allow yourself plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed to get to your Big Bear vacation rental. Fog can gather in the hills hiding rock slides and black ice. Drive with caution to protect yourself and other drivers on the road.
Bring a spare– Make sure you have a properly inflated spare tire and tire changing equipment with you. Even the smallest rock can cause big problems. If you do experience a flat tire, attempt to pull over as far as possible to the side of the road and have someone alert coming cars from a safe place to avoid an accident if able.
Food and water– Pack a small cooler with bottled water and convenient snacks in case you find yourself in any kind of accident or stuck in traffic delays. If you are bringing your pet, be sure you have a bowl so they can stay hydrated as well. Mountain air is much drier than the valley.
Blankets– Bring a couple blankets along to stay warm in case you get stranded for any reason. If you don’t use them in your car, you can always use them to stay extra cozy at your Big Bear cabin rental.
Let there be light– Bring a flashlight. There are very few or no street lights and the mountain gets very dark at night. Don’t rely on your cell phone light, as it can drain your battery and leave you with no communication.
Winter coats, snow boots, hats and gloves are a must. Snowfall in Big Bear can be unpredictable at times and the night time temperatures drop quickly. Big Bear has plenty of stores that specialize in winter gear. Update your wardrobe before you go home so you will be ready the next time you visit.
If you are bringing your dog along for your vacation in Big Bear, make sure they have plenty of water available and never leave them outside alone. Coyotes are common on the mountain and have been known to roam the neighborhoods and pursue small pets. Destination Big Bear has pet friendly cabin rentals, but it might be best to leave them at home instead. Plan carefully to make sure everyone in the family has a fun Big Bear Lake vacation.
Big Bear sits at almost 8,000 feet elevation and reflection off snow is no joke. Sunscreen is a must to prevent going home with sunburn raccoon eyes after a day on the slopes.
Bring your shades. The sun is extra bright at elevation and driving can be difficult with glare and the early setting sun.
Winter is a fun time to come to Big Bear Lake. There are tons of snow activities like skiing and snowboarding at Snow Summit or Bear Mountain. You can also go snow tubing at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain or Snow Play. With the proper preparation and clothing, your vacation or weekend getaway can be everything you hoped it would be.
To rent a cabin in Big Bear Lake, give us a call at (909) 752-0234. Our local, experienced staff can help you plan the perfect mountain getaway. Let us know if you are looking for a cabin with a hot tub, need a pet friendly cabin, are looking for a vacation rental close to the ski resorts or prefer a luxury cabin. We have cabin rental in Big Bear to suit every need. See you soon!