If you plan to sled, tube or toboggan, first be sure that you are not parked illegally, in the roadway or in a residential driveway and, if on the San Bernardino National Forest, be sure to display an Adventure Pass on the dashboard before leaving your vehicle. Big Bear offers two developed snow play areas, Alpine Slide and Snow Play, at either end of Big Bear Lake on the Boulevard/Highway 18. The Big Bear Ranger Station reminds sledders to pick a safe location, away from roads, large rocks and trees. Also, don’t sled or tube in unfamiliar terrain, as snowdrifts can conceal steep cliffs and other drop-offs. Visitors are reminded to “know before you go” so, to access recreational information on the forest, call the Big Bear Ranger Station at 909/382-2790 or visit the website of the San Bernardino National Forest. The Big Bear Discovery Center also offers guided snowshoeing trips on the San Bernardino National Forest, including a special 4pm tour on New Year’s Day; for more information call 909/866-3437. Have fun sledding and, remember, leave only footprints when done enjoying your snow play.
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