Big Bear is beautiful all year round and February is no exception. The weather is mild, the mountainsides and driveways are still lined with snow, the slopes are filled with skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and tubers, the streets and shops are not too crowded, and the lake is full of colorful ducks ice skating on the frozen surface. In other words, it is a perfect time to visit.
I began a recent getaway to the mountain paradise at the Honey Bear Lodge (www.honeybearlodge.com), where I checked into a comfortable one-bedroom room, with a full kitchen, two beds, a sleeper sofa, two cable TV’s and a classic wood burning stove in the living room to keep us warm.
Honey Bear Lodge boasts cozy accommodations in a mountain paradise
Besides cozy accommodations, the Honey Bear Lodge is also centrally located in town. It is only about a mile drive to the Snow Summit ski Resort, and a short walk from “The Village,” Big Bear’s charming downtown community of shops, restaurants, art galleries and pubs. So after acquainting ourselves with the room and the thin, 7,000-ft air, we decided to explore some of the miles of nearby trails on foot, or snowshoe.
To fully enjoy the activity, while not having to worry about getting lost, we decided to join a tour with Action Snowshoe Tours. The company, which offers daily snowshoe tours in Big Bear’s wooded back country, has experienced an upswing in reservations due to the amount of snowfall Big Bear has received so far.
Action Snowshoe Tours offers a great way to see Big Bear by Snowshoe
Action Snowshoe Tours are suitable for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts. The tours offer guests an opportunity to experience Big Bear’s scenic winter landscapes, learn about winter ecology and nature. Action Snowshoe Tours supplies all equipment, which includes snowshoes and trekking poles. Guests are treated to hot cocoa after each tour.
“This is an opportunity to get into the outdoors and experience a deeper connection with nature,” says Belinda Bain, owner of Action Tours Big Bear. “Snowshoeing is a great avenue for fitness too, but best of all it’s downright fun.”
A trek into the forest via snowshoes is undoubtedly one of the best ways to enjoy the true bliss of Big Bear Lake’s picturesque winter scenery. The rapid growing winter sport is easy to learn, widely accessible, and a casual workout.
An expert tour guide leads tours and teaches the tour group about winter ecology, animal tracking, and flora/fauna identification. A passenger van transports guests to the designated trail where guests will experience nature first hand. “The trails we’ve selected for the tours are pristine and absolutely breathtaking,” says Bain. For more information on snowshoe tours, call 909-866-0390 or visit: www.ActionSnowShoeTours.com
After snowshoeing we drove to Vons Market and picked up a bottle of wine, some rib eye steak and garlic bread, and enjoyed a home-cooked meal by the wood-burning fireplace back at the Honey Bear Lodge.
In the morning, we walked about 10 minutes to the lake, where we found a gorgeous scene of snow-capped mountain peaks towering over the semi-frozen lake. We also found flocks of colorful ducks slipping and sliding across the frozen lake surface.
Big Bear Lake is speckled with frozen patches playful
For more information of visiting Big Bear Lake, visit: www.bigbear.com or call 800 4 – BIG-BEAR.