Big Bear is the go-to location for winter ski resort vacations in Southern California. With both the Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts available for family fun, everyone from beginners to advanced skiers can find ways to amuse themselves in the snow during the winter months. Residents of Los Angeles and other areas who are planning Big Bear vacations have a few different village and town options to consider. Whether you’re looking for hotels or Big Bear vacation rentals near village amenities, these mountainside locations are your best bets for quick and easy access to the slopes without a lot of travel time in between.



If you’ll have a large group focused on getting as much skiing and snowboarding in as possible, you may want to hone in on finding a house in the Moonridge neighborhood. A rental house in this village places you right next to the Bear Mountain resort, and there’s a variety of different rental options to consider at different price points. There are plenty of good online options for finding rental houses in this area, and professionally managed cabin rentals may also be available from local property companies. Common amenities at these properties include hot tubs and porches for even more access to wintry scenery.

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear vacation rentals are also in abundance at Big Bear Lake, which offers access to both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts. Staying in this part of the mountain gives you the chance to book a rental with a spectacular lake view. The lake, which is a popular place for water activities in warmer weather, is generally not open for these activities in the wintertime. The hotels and rental houses near Big Bear Lake have more of a scenic quality when they offer a view at this time of year.

If you want a winter getaway but aren’t necessarily interested in skiing, Big Bear Lake is a good choice for other recreation and activity options in the area. Helicopter tours and other outdoorsy pursuits may be arranged with local businesses, though some may be closed for the season. Most of the focus here is on snow-based activities in the winter.

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A popular location for vacation homes, Sugarloaf is a more of a residential area, which means that rentals are much more common here than hotel lodgings are. Named for the summit of the mountain above, Sugarloaf is a more affordable area, with homes tending to be a bit less ritzy. If you’re considering potentially buying property in the area, you may want to look for rentals in Sugarloaf in order to see whether the area is right for you.

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