Southern California is known for its sun-splashed beaches and palm trees, but fall is in full effect at Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR), with clear skies, cooler temps, and colorful leaves to give guests a true alpine autumn experience. Fall colors in Big Bear Lake typically start to show in September and October.

Here are some ways to enjoy all that autumn has to offer during your next visit to Big Bear Mountain Resort.


Scenic Sky Chair

Take in panoramic views of the Big Bear Valley while soaring through the San Bernardino National Forest on a mile-long ascent to the top of Snow Summit (elev. 8,200 feet).

Sightseers of all ages are welcome and kids 12 and under ride free when accompanied by a paying adult. Purchase your Scenic Sky Chair tickets online in advance to get the best prices.

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Save even more by bundling a Scenic Sky Chair or Bike Park lift ticket with lunch at the Skyline Taphouse to experience Big Bear’s only mountaintop dining, featuring BBQ, full bar, and amazing vistas.

*Snow Summit is open daily. Starting Tuesday, September 6, Snow Summit will operate weekends only (Friday-Sunday), through Oct. 9, 2022.


Mountain biker riding on a dirt trail with yellow flowers

Downhill & Cross-Country Mountain Biking

Snow Summit is home to Southern California’s premier lift-served, gravity fed bike park, with trails and terrain for riders of all ages and ability levels, plus over 60 miles of cross-country trails directly accessible from the resort. As the leaves begin to change, remember that last chair is Oct. 9, so grab some pumpkin spice goodness from Ironwood Coffee, located in the base area, and get up here for your last laps of the season.

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Snow Summit also has a pair of hiking trails for guests to experience all the amazing fall foliage first hand.

The all-new Bobsled Hiking Trail, a 2-mile footpath built by our Trail Crew in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, traverses the forest canopy under Chair 1, with moderate incline/decline and panoramic views of the Big Bear Valley throughout the journey.

Hikers looking for a less rigorous route can take the Scenic Sky Chair to the top of the mountain and explore the aptly named Mountain Top Loop trail on a 1-mile excursion that starts and ends at Skyline Taphouse Although not quite as aggressive as the Bobsled Trail, the trail is still considered an intermediate trail and proper aggressive tread footwear is strongly recommended.

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Bear Mountain Golf Course

Cooler temps and crisp, sunny days are perfect for golfing. Make time for nine at Bear Mountain Golf Course and enjoy the benefits of playing at 7,000 feet with the San Bernardino Mountains as your backdrop.

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Cruise the Lake on a Bike

Enjoy a family cruise through the Village or take a leisure lap around the scenic Big Bear Lake Pedal Path. Rent a bike directly from the BBMR Visitors Center Station and be in center of Big Bear Lake's shopping, dining, and lake waterfront.

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About Big Bear Mountain Resort

Big Bear Mountain Resort is Southern California’s premier year-round alpine destination, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, and golf in the summer. Widely regarded as one of the most innovate and influential destinations in the snow sports and mountain biking industries, Big Bear Mountain Resort features two properties – Bear Mountain and Snow Summit – that have been pushing the progression of skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking for over 75 years while offering distinctive experiences for guests seeking outdoor adventure, including the largest beginner areas, highest-lift served peak, and only halfpipes in Southern California as well as the region’s best lift-served bike park and an idyllic 9-hole course.

Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, Big Bear Mountain Resort is easily accessible from most points in Southern California. In 2017, Big Bear Mountain Resort was acquired by Alterra Mountain Company and designated as a member destination of the Ikon Pass, the new standard in season passes, connecting over 40 of the most iconic mountains across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Chile to deliver authentic, memorable snow adventures.

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