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Plan Ahead & Get on the Slopes Quicker
Nestled in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Mountain Resort is a short, scenic drive from most Southern California locations. Explore this page to learn how to get here safely, where to park, and how to shuttle in for free to our twin properties, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.

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.
    • Directions

      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.
      Snow 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
      Bear 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)
      3 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.
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      Hwy 330 / Hwy 18 - Running Springs

      Shortest Distance

      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.

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      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 Direction Map Hwy 18 Direction Map
      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.

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      Directions

      3 Ways Up & 3 Ways Home

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      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.
    • 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.

      CHAIN INSTALLATION

      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.
    • Parking

      Paid parking will be extended to all Big Bear Mountain Resort lots – including remote lots – on select dates, including weekends (Friday-Sunday) and holidays during the 21/22 season; $20 per car, per day. 21/22 BBMR & Ikon Pass holders can park for free in remote lots* on a first come, first served basis. To park for free in a remote lot, just present your 21/22 season pass to the parking attendant upon arrival.

      *Subject to availability. Does not include Upper Lot parking.

      Single-day parking tickets can be purchased in advance online. Guests will receive a confirmation email with a parking barcode. To check in, present your parking barcode to the parking attendant upon arrival.

      21/22 Paid Parking Dates


      December 10-12, 17-31
      January 1-9, 14-17, 21-23, 28-30
      February 4-6, 11-13, 18-21, 25-27
      March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
      April 1-3

      Parking in all lots is available on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability. Prices and dates may change without notice.

      Parking lot capacities are subject to change based on multiple factors, including snow accumulation and vehicle distribution. When arriving to Big Bear, follow posted signs and/or staff instructions to be directed to the nearest available parking lot. To ensure the safety of our guests and community, we strongly advise against walking to/from the base areas from remote lots. BBMR has partnered with Mountain Transit this winter to provide free shuttle service throughout the Big Bear Valley, including to/from remote lots.
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      21/22 Premium Parking Pass

      Unlimited Access to Upper Lot

      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 ticket window 9 AM - 3 PM daily (9 AM - 1PM on Thanksgiving, Nov. 25).

      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. 3, 2021 through the end of the winter season in March/April Valid only during the 21/22 winter season

      To check Premium Parking Passes are still available, please call 844.GO2.BEAR.

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      Day Parking Rate

      Purchase Online & Scan at Parking Gates

      $20 paid parking will be extended to all BBMR lots – including remote lots – on weekends (Friday-Sunday) and holidays during the winter season per car, per day. 21/22 BBMR & Ikon Pass holders park for free in all BBMR remote lots* on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to availability.

      *Does not include Upper Lot parking.

      21/22 Paid Parking Dates


      December 10-12, 17-31
      January 1-9, 14-17, 21-23, 28-30
      February 4-6, 11-13, 18-21, 25-27
      March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
      April 1-3
      Guests with advance parking ticket reservations will receive a confirmation email with unique barcodes directly on it. To redeem, present your parking barcode to a parking attendant and scan your barcodes.

      Locate Your Confirmation Email


      After your lift ticket purchase is complete, you will receive a confirmation email receipt entitled "Big Bear Mountain Resort Reservations." Your confirmation email will have barcode(s) for all lift tickets purchased. To ensure deliverability, please add reservations@bbmr.com to your safe senders list.

      If you are unable to locate your confirmation email, check your junk/spam folder or call 844.GO2.BEAR to speak to a reservation specialist. Please note, call and chat volumes may vary. We appreciate your patience.

      Take a Screenshot


      Mobile and Wi-Fi service can vary greatly in the mountains due to multiple factors, including device type, service provider, and weather conditions. Therefore, we highly recommend taking a screenshot of your lift ticket barcode(s) prior to arriving to ensure availability when using the pickup boxes. To screenshot your barcode(s), refer to your device instruction manual.
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      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.

    • Shuttles

      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!

      Parking Shuttles


      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.

      Intermountain Shuttles


      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 MountainFrom 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, 2/19-2/20
      Mountain 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.

      Big Bear Mountain Transit red line shuttle map

      Find More Routes

      Big Bear Mountain Resort does not own or operate the Mountain Transit. For details and schedule information, visit mountaintransit.org.
    • Accessible Parking

      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.

      To Snow Summit

      To Bear Mountain
    • Drop-Off Zone

      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.

      To Snow Summit

      To Bear Mountain
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