Directions, Road Conditions, Parking, & Shuttles
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Big Bear Mountain Resort does not manage or own the roads to Big Bear Lake, CA. For up-to-date information or question, please contact CalTrans at www.dot.ca.gov. CHP and CalTrans do not allow vehicles over 40’ in length on some roads and state highways. Learn more about bus restrictions. rich-text, responsive-table
When heading up and down from Big Bear Lake, stay on primary roads/highways and follow all directional signage and staff instructions when you arrive as traffic/parking routes may differ from your GPS system. rich-text, responsive-tableSnow Summit
880 Summit Blvd
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Location serves: Ski & Snowboarding, Summit Bike Park, Basecamp Activities, Grizzly Ridge Tube Park rich-text, responsive-tableBear Mountain
43101 Goldmine Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
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Location serves: Ski & Snowboarding, Bear Mountain Golf Course & Driving Range (across the parking lot) rich-text, responsive-table3 Ways Up & 3 Ways Home
There are multiple ways to get up to Big Bear Mountain Resort. Choose your route according to your starting location, weather, and road conditions. rich-text, responsive-table
Hwy 330 / Hwy 18 - Running Springs
The shortest and quickest way for visitors coming from Los Angeles, Orange County, and other points west is Hwy 330 / Hwy 18. Please note that this route can become very congested on the weekends during peak season.
Hwy 38 - Redlands
Scenic Route, Less Switchbacks
Though the drive on this route takes a bit longer, it is typically less congested than Hwy 330 / Hwy 18.
Hwy 18 Lucerne Valley
Hwy 18 is the quickest way to/from Barstow, Las Vegas, and other high desert locations. This route has the least amount of mountain driving.Close Video
3 Ways Up & 3 Ways Home
Real-Time Road Conditions
During the winter months of November - April, motorists may encounter traction chain controls in the mountain areas within California. By law, snow chains or cables must be carried in your vehicle at all times during winter months. rich-text, responsive-table
Snow Chains & Cables
Snow chains, also known as tire chains or cables, are required for safety when snow or ice conditions cause slippery highways. Check the road conditions before you head out to see if snow chains are required. There are 3 ways up and 3 ways home from Big Bear Lake, CA which means snow chains may be required on one highway and not the other, so you should always carry chains in your vehicle during the winter months, even if your car has snow tires.
Tire chains are typically not required on all 4 wheels. Front-wheel-drive vehicles must put snow chains on their front tires, and rear-wheel-drive vehicles must put them on their rear axle. However, if you have a 4-wheel drive (4WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle, you’ll likely have to buy 2 sets of tire cables or chains (instead of just a set for the drive wheels in a 2-wheel drive car).
Big Bear Mountain Resort does not sell or install tire chains. Contact your local auto parts store for tire chains availability and make sure you know how to install your traction devices before visiting BBMR to avoid delays when traveling to/from the mountains. For questions or concerns about road conditions, please contact the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) directly at 1-800-427-7623.
You must stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited by the California Highway Patrol and fined if you don't. You will usually have about a mile between "Chains Required" signs and the checkpoint to install your chains.
- Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions.
- The speed limit when chains are required is 25 or 30 miles an hour.
- When you put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a traffic lane where you will endanger yourself and block traffic.
- Chain Installers: If you use the services of a chain installer, be sure to get a receipt and jot the installer's badge number on it. Remember, chain installers are independent business people, not Caltrans employees. Having the badge number may help with any misunderstandings later. Chain installers are NOT allowed to sell or rent chains.
- When removing chains, drive beyond the signs reading "End of Chain Control" to a pull-off area where you can safely remove them.
CHAIN REQUIREMENT LEVELS
When chain controls are established, signs will be posted along the road indicating the type of requirement. There are Three Levels of Chain Requirements in California:
- Requirement 1 (R1): Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.
- Requirement 2 (R2): Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels. NOTE: (Four wheel/all wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.)
- Requirement 3 (R3): Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exceptions.
1 Snow-tread Tires: The California Vehicle Code, Section 558 defines a snow-tread tire as follows, "A 'Snow-tread tire' is a tire which has a relatively deep and aggressive tread pattern compared with conventional passenger tread pattern". Snow-tread tires can be identified by examining the sidewall of the tire where the letters MS, M/S, M+S or the words MUD AND SNOW have been stamped into the sidewall.
2 Tire Traction Devices: The California Vehicle Code, Section 605 defines tire traction devices as follows: "Tire Traction Devices are devices or mechanisms having a composition and design capable of improving vehicle traction, braking and cornering ability upon snow or ice-covered surfaces. Tire traction devices shall be constructed and assembled to provide sufficient structural integrity and to prevent accidental detachment from vehicles. Tire traction devices shall, at the time of manufacture or final assembly, bear a permanent impression indicating the name, initials or trademark of the assembling company or primary manufacturer, and the country in which the devices were manufactured or assembled in final form."
The full, searchable version of the California Vehicle Code is available at: Leginfo, the website for California Legislative Information. rich-text, responsive-table
Parking is free on all Big Bear Mountain Resort lots on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight parking is prohibited on all Big Bear Mountain Resort parking lots. When arriving into town, follow posted signs and/or staff instructions to be directed to the nearest available parking lot.
Electric car charging stations are not available at this time. rich-text, responsive-table
21/22 Premium Parking Pass
Parking Passes are Sold Out for the 21/22 Season
A Premium Parking Pass gets riders access to upper lot parking at both resorts. A parking attendant will direct you to the appropriate parking spot. All sales are final. If you have purchased a Premium Parking Pass, you will need to pick it up in person. They will not be mailed. You can pick it up at a Snow Summit or Bear Mountain ticket window during hours of operation.
The number of Premium Parking spaces is limited and subject to availability. Unlimited access to Bear Mountain and Snow Summit's preferred parking area first come, first serve basis. Valid starting Dec. 2, 2021 through the end of the winter season in March/April. Valid only during the 21/22 winter season.
RV Parking Rate
$40 Per RV, Per Day
RV parking lots are located near the Upper Lots of each resort. Pull up to a parking attendant to be directed to the RV lots at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit. Size is not restricted. RV parking is not available to purchase in advance online. You must purchase in-person. No overnight parking.Upper Lot & Remote Lot Information
Big Bear Mountain Resort's twin properties, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, offer multiple designated parking areas for guests.
- Parking lots are not opened all at once
- Guests may start parking in lots #1 and #2 listed below starting at 7AM
- The lots will open by the order listed below
- Once a lot is almost full, the Big Bear Mountain Resort parking staff along with the Big Bear Sheriffs will direct guests to the next lot available
Please follow the digital and orange signs placed all around Big Bear Lake to be sure you are parking in the correct lot based on where your Lessons or Rental pick-up locations are. Once parked, complimentary shuttles will take you to the base of the resorts.
#1 Snow Summit Base Parking Lot
880 Summit Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, California 92315
This "Upper Lot" parking area is at the base of Snow Summit. This lot is walkable to the base area. On peak and holiday dates, this lot may be full before 7:30AM. On dates with $20 Paid Parking in effect, Pass Holders do not get free parking in this lot. If you pre-purchased a day parking ticket, you are not guaranteed a spot in Upper Lot parking.
#2 Brownie Lane Lot
42044 Brownie Lane, Big Bear Lake, California 92315
This lot will be open and filled at the same time as the Snow Summit Base Parking Lot. Walking from this lot to the resort in ski or snowboard gear may take up to 15+ minutes. Complimentary shuttles from this lot to the base of Snow Summit is offered.
#3 Fox Farm Lot
41850 Garstin Drive, Big Bear Lake, California 92315
This lot is open when Brownie Lot is full, typically during peak and holidays. This lot is not walkable to Snow Summit. Guests are encouraged to take the complimentary shuttle from this lot to the base of Snow Summit.
#1 Bear Mountain Base Lot
43101 Goldmine Drive, Big Bear Lake, California 92315
This "Upper Lot" parking area is at the base of Bear Mountain. This lot is walkable to the base area. On peak and holiday dates, this lot may be full before 6:30AM. On dates with $20 Paid Parking in effect, Pass Holders do not get free parking in this lot. If you pre-purchased a day parking ticket, you are not guaranteed a spot in Upper Lot parking.
#2 Clubhouse Lot
43092 Goldmine Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
This lot will be open and filled at the same time as Bear Mountain Base Lot. Walking from this lot to the resort in ski or snowboard gear is only 5 minutes. Complimentary shuttles from this lot to the base of Bear Mountain is not offered. It is located across the street from Bear Mountain.
#3 Moonridge Lot
42600 Moonridge Road, Big Bear Lake, California 92315
This lot is open when Clubhouse Lot is full, typically during peak and holidays. This lot is not walkable to Bear Mountain. Guests are encouraged to take the complimentary shuttle from this lot to the base of Bear Mountain.
#4 Backward Look Parking Lot
42344 Moonridge Road, Big Bear Lake, California 92315
This lot is open when Moonridge Lot is full, typically during peak and holidays. This lot is not walkable to Bear Mountain. Guests are encouraged to take the complimentary shuttle from this lot to the base of Bear Mountain.
#5 Cedar Lot
905 Club View Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
This lot only has a few spots and typically fills up before 7:15AM.
Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR) offers alternative transportation to get you around Big Bear Lake and to the resorts quickly. Face masks are required for all guests riding the shuttle. All shuttles are free!
From Parking Lots to the Resort
Guests that have parked in the remote lots can hop on the parking shuttles that will take you straight to Bear Mountain or Snow Summit.
From Resort to Resort
Big Bear Mountain Resort offers shuttle service between Snow Summit and Bear Mountain every 30 minutes on select dates throughout the season. Leave your car in the parking lot and take the free 10-Minute shuttle ride between Bear Mountain and Snow Summit. Intermountain Shuttles operate daily starting mid-December.
From Bear Mountain From Snow Summit • Operates daily*
• Leaves on the :15 (quarter-hour) and :45 (three-quarter-hour)
• Starts at 8:45AM
• Ends at 4:45PM during Regular Hours
• Ends at 5:30PM during peak and holiday dates**
• Shuttle loads at the Southwest corner of the upper Main Parking Lot
• Operates daily*
• Leaves on the :00 (hour) and :30 (half-hour) - Starts at 9AM
• Ends at 4:30PM during Regular Hours
• Ends at 5:15PM during peak and holiday dates**
• Shuttle loads next to Big Bear Sports in the upper Main Parking Lot in the morning, and in front of the Candy Store in the Afternoon
*Operating hours may vary due to business volume and/or adverse weather conditions
**21/22 peak and holiday dates: 12/17-1/9, 1/15-1/16, 2/19-2/20Mountain Transit
From Hotel/Town to Resort
Mountain Transit’s new Free Big Bear Trolley service is here! Three convenient routes (Red, Blue, Gold) take riders to most of the visitor attractions and amenities in Big Bear, including the ski resorts, Boulder Bay, The Village, Supermarkets and the Airport. For the first time, public transit will serve the Big Bear Airport on a scheduled route. This transportation service will offer convenient and reliable transportation for both locals and visitors and help eliminate traffic congestion and car pollution in the Valley.
Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are located off the Red Line on the Mountain Transit. Click the image below to expand the map.
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Big Bear Mountain Resort does not own or operate the Mountain Transit. For details and schedule information, visit mountaintransit.org. rich-text, responsive-table
On-site accessible parking is located as near as practicable to primary entrances, on the paved areas of the property. Please note that Parking Control operates in a manner responsive to the needs of our guests who display state-authorized DMV disabled person (DP) or disabled veteran (DV) license plates, a placard, or a permit. Persons issued state plates, a placard, or a permit must have a state issued disabled I.D. card in their possession. These spots are free and are available first come, first serve.
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Big Bear Mountain Resort guests are welcome to use the guest drop-off zone for easy loading/unloading of belongings and equipment. Turn on your hazard lights and follow the orange parking lot signs. Paid parking tickets/pass not required for drop off.
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