Big Bear Lake is a holiday destination in California’s San Bernardino County, offering a wealth of outdoor activities and picturesque natural scenery. You could plan your visit to a Big Bear vacation rental for summer, when you can enjoy a variety of water based recreation, or on winter, when skiing is available at one of the two resorts nearby.
If you arrive at Big Bear self-catering accommodation between December and February you could enjoy Snow Summit or Bear Mountain, which are both set on the south shore of the lake. Snow Summit is an extensive ski and snowboard destination, offering 31 runs evenly weighted across all three ability levels. There are also 14 lifts here and 100 inches of snowfall, complemented by snowmaking facilities throughout.
Also close to Big Bear self-catering vacation accommodation is Bear Mountain, which boasts almost 200 skiable acres and 24 different runs, all spread across three different peaks. This resort played an important role in the development of snowboarding as an activity after it established the world’s first first freestyle park.
In the summer there are even more activities available close to Big Bear vacation rentals. On the lake you can go water-skiing, jet-skiing, take jet boat rides, go kayaking or canoeing, or try wake-boarding. Meanwhile on the lakeshore there are comprehensive facilities for sports like tennis, bowling and golf, with a crazy golf centre and nine-hole course in a spectacular upland setting. The scenery here is perfect for exploring on foot, by bike or on horsebak, with a host of trails guiding visitors through forests and over peaks.
One way to get in touch with the considerable natural beauty in the county surrounding Big Bear self-catering holiday accommodation is to head for the San Bernardino National Forest home to spectacular natural features including waterfalls. At Bonita Falls you’ll find a set of waterfalls some 400 feet in height and best enjoyed in the winter months. Meanwhile Palm Springs is within a two-hour drive and boasts all kinds of outdoor recreation.
At a Big Bear self-catering holiday villa you can expect pleasantly warm summer temperatures, with lots of sunshine. In fact there are some 320 days of sun a year here. Winters bring about 120 inches of snowfall and low temperatures from November to March.
Los Angeles International Airport sits just over two hours from Big Bear self-catering vacation rentals and offers flights to and from London-Heathrow (LHR) via Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, British Airways, American Airlines and Air New Zealand.