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Big Bear Lake's leading cottage rental company with resort,
lake, group services, heated pool, barbeque area and more.
Come enjoy and preserve the beauty of California's pine forest
while staying in a private cabin or cottage. Golden Bear has
a perfect size cabin or cottage for any group from 2 to 23. The
entire five acre resort property accommodates up to 204 people.
Top family vacation spot: one of the best family vacation spots.

Golden Bear Cottages is an historic Big Bear resort perfect for your next family or group retreat. Set on in San Bernardino National Forest, Golden Bear is a AAA Diamond-rated resort with four seasons of outdoor adventures. Its 28 historic cabins provide a beautiful big historic five-acre property offering fully-restored, rustic lodgings with all the amenities of home. Onsite you'll find a refreshing heated pool and Jacuzzi with giant outdoor TV, perfect for catching a sports event or movie. Hike into the national forest or catch a shuttle to the three close ski resorts. Golden Bear Cottages is centrally-located, only a mile west of the Big Bear village. 
Price Range: off-season $79 - $799, high season $99 - $899 (group per person costs as low as $29 per day) 
Size: 28 Units
Open Season: Year Round
Kids Allowed: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest City: Big Bear Lake
Nearest Lake/River: Big Bear Lake
Languages: English and Spanish  
Resort Types: Family Resorts, Fishing Resorts, Historical Resorts, Mountain Resorts, Ski ResortsGroup Resorts, Fishing Resorts 

Accommodation Types: Cabins and Cottages of big and small sizes

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Southern California Tour Bus Group Resort Destination with mountain accommodations from 20 to 200 guests at Golden Bear Cottages AAA approved big historic mountain resort.
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Group Vacation Rental Cabins close to the Lake and Village! Sleep groups of 20,30,40,50, up to 200. Hosting  religious groups, family reunions, student retreats, weddings, big and small group team building and business retreat meetings...



Big Bear Lake Sports Travel: Tips on having an active resort group or sports team vacation in Big Bear Lake, California from real travelers who stayed here 

Posting to this site started March 12, 2005 07:43 PM

Golden Bear Cottages is a family friendly Christian resort in Big Bear...cabin availability and rental rates... check here and see rate calendar

Group Rates - 5 cabin reservations or more

Meeting Space. Big and small group cabins

Dining room of newly remodeled group cabin #13. Big cabin sleeps up to 15 guests
  Big living room new group cabin #13. Remodeled big group cabin #13 full kitchen.

Sports Team Travel Lodging Resort Reservations, AAA approved

Activities and events in the Big Bear Valley include hiking and trail information, mountain biking and running, guided Bald Eagle Tours or off-road adventures. Team travel accommodations for sports teams of all sizes are available. The Golden Bear Cottages Gift Shop and Visitor's Information Center is staffed with knowledgeable family associates (real local people) who have answers to all of your questions, including the weather. They will direct you to the best information about family and group lodging, dining and how to find special vacation values. You'll also find maps for hiking, biking, fishing, boating, swim beaches, parks, picnic and recreational areas. Back country trail maps for the entire San Bernardino National Forest.  Stop by for directions to The Discovery Center, The Moonridge Zoo, the Big Bear Museum, the Big Bear Lake Preforming Arts Center, local marina discounts at Pleasure Point and our three ski resorts. Serving the travel accommodations needs of the sports team market and the entire youth and adult sports community: Baseball team travel, Softball Teams, Basketball Teams, Cheer Teams, Running Clubs. Golden Bear Cottages is your best place for Big Bear's big group cabin lodging and accommodations in Big Bear Lake, California. Track Clubs love to run at 7000 foot elevation in Big Bear Lake, California. Providing the best altitude fitness. Located in the mountains of western Big Bear Lake ... Our largest cabin, a seven bedroom guest lodge sleeps up to 24 guests, our 5 bedroom sleeps up to 18, our newly remodeled 4 bedroom has 4 fireplaces and sleeps up to 15, our various 3 bedroom cottages sleep up to 11, we have many 2 bedrooms that sleep up to 8 and our one bedroom cottages sleep up to 6 people. When we have larger retreats and adult running camps for larger groups, they use some or all of our other 27 cabins right here on our five acre resort at Golden Bear Cottages that accommodates over 200 guests for large group retreats in Big Bear Lake's biggest group resort cabins.  SO CAL HIGH SCHOOL LEADERS RETREATS,SO CAL MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERS RETREATS,SO CAL GRADE SCHOOL LEADERS RETREATS



 My girlfriend and I drove to Big Bear to spend a getaway at the Golden Bear Cottages! This was our second stay at the cottages and of course, DON always tends to make us feel like family. He really listens to your wants in a cabin and offers you the best cabin to suit your needs. The cabins are cozy and equipped with all the essentials for cooking (or town is just a mile away for your eating pleasure). If you have plans to visit Big Bear, be sure to check out Golden Bear Cottages. We won't stay anywhere else when we plan a vacation or just an overnight getaway to Big Bear Lake! We also posted our top review on TripAdvisor for everyone else to see how nice Golden Bear Cottages is go for a vacation or getaway.
                                                                                                                                                                                      J.C. & Pamela
                                                                                                                          San Diego, CA 02-01-14                                                                                                                                                                  

"Nice stay at a world famous Big Bear resort"

"What a nice stay in Big Bear! We rate Golden Bear 5 of 5 stars! Just like the last reviewer I saw on TripAdvisor, I too won a weekend trip to Big Bear for 4. A two night stay at world famous Golden Bear Cottages & tickets to the Oktoberfest. When we arrived they had a 2 person cabin reserved for us b/c the trip was suppose to be for 2 pp but the radio station told me 4pp so I went up with my husband & 2 children. It was a little awkward at first. But, Lisa at the front desk called her Dad about the mix up & after she hung up with him she went ahead & upgraded us to a bigger cabin at no extra charge. Thank you so much. The retreat cabin was nice. Just what I had hoped for in a cabin retreat in the mountains. It was warm, comfortable & very cozy. All the rooms in the cabin are decent size. The 2 recliners in the living room were pretty comfy! Me & my husband actually fell asleep in them on our 2nd night. There were 4 beds upstairs, 2 full or queen & 2 twin size. They were comfortable & the bedding was very warm! There is also free wi-fi. There was an outside area near our cabin where my kids loved to run around, take pictures of the hundreds of  large trees & collect pine cones. After pulling into the resort for the first time, I noticed that I had actually stayed there about 10 yrs ago with 4 other families in one of their larger cabins which is 5 bedrooms. The owner Don gave me a tour of the newly upgraded cabin before we left on Sunday. It's awesome! Very nice & roomy! All the appliances looked to be newly upgraded & the bathrooms were big with jacuzzi baths. I am planning our next trip there with a group of a few other families to go back when it is snowing in Big Bear Lake."
Leslie M
Eastvale, CA 10-23-2013
Best place for mountain lodging accommodations and service

"I made my first trip to California and tried this place at the recommendation of a friend. It was a great experience, the staff was helpful and friendly. They recommended GOOD places to eat and even offered coupons. This review will also be posted on TripAdvisor for other family's and groups to find out about this great Big Bear Lake resort. I believe that Golden Bear Cottages is truly the best place for mountain lodging accommodations and service."
J Cohen

Tom's River, NJ 08-08-2013


Golden Bear Cottages Vacation Club

Review of program details and service
by Gerald D. Stovall Sr.
May 14, 2009

Our family recently joined the Vacation Club at Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake. We had been to Big Bear Lake many times before, so we decided to find out if we could save some money by joining the vacation club. We are very impressed with the savings, service and flexibility of this new vacation club program. We get to vacation in the size cabin that fits our family's needs for five days or more each year for up to five years. The price was 40% less per day than we had paid before and we get to go anytime there is a cabin available. The first time we used the program, our size cabin was not available the days we wanted to go... so the great staff at Golden Bear Cottages upgraded us at no extra charge! Boy, isn't that refreshing! That has never happened from the timeshare company we belong to, and we paid many times more dollars for that vacation! I think it is safe to say we are going to be very happy with our Vacation Club purchase at Golden Bear Cottages. Thank you so much to the staff for all their superior service!


QUICK GETAWAYS Big Bear Lake, California Is Above the Clouds
by Sandy Zimmerman

  No one needs to tell us how busy life has become. But, I have found a release for stress and the place to find relaxation: Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear Lake, California, a Christian family and group resort property.
At Golden Bear Cottages resort in Big Bear Lake, get ready for boating, charter fishing, hiking, an Alpine Slide, zoo, nature nights, hunting for gold, tubing, mountain biking, golf, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, wildlife viewing, shopping, parasailing, Sierra Belle sightseeing boat, and mountain fun! You can even take the Trolley and ride around the lake ($3 for the day). These are just a few of Don and Karen DiCarlo's (owners of Golden Bear Cottages Resort) suggestions. They have researched all of the things to do in the mountains and compiled a list of activities, mountain nightlife, along with suggestions, and will answer your questions.

  During their first visit to Big Bear Lake, Don and Karen DiCarlo fell in love with the mountains and bought the Golden Bear Cottages six years ago. Walk among the 500 Pine trees that are around the Golden Bear Cottages, recreation area, and everywhere else within the 6 acre resort. Some of these 200 year old trees measure from 4-5 feet wide. You have all the outdoor recreational facilities for adults and children without leaving the resort: heated pool, spa, sand lot volleyball, ping pong, horseshoes, basketball, shuffleboard, large cedar swings, and sandbox.

  Summer movie nights bring everyone to the pool for free cartoons and a movie on their 60" big screen T. V. Sit at the large outdoor firepit at night to get together with the other guests. You can even use Golden Bear Cottages Karaoke equipment, or choose from 50 or more games and thousands of movies. They even have a quaint gift shop.

  Whatever reason you are visiting Big Bear Lake, the Golden Bear Cottages Resort staff can assist you. If you are planning a wedding, they can make all arrangements. Groups, clubs, and businesses visit Big Bear for meetings, retreats, family reunions, and parties.

  Golden Bear Cottages are more than just cottages, they actually resemble small to medium size mountain log homes. With 28 cabins and a 3,800 square foot retreat lodge, they have room for couples, families, and as many as a 202 person group. Each cottage is different, but they all have a fireplace, kitchen, and color T. V.'s. Their romantic separate Jacuzzi rooms seat up to 6 people. I love the Honeymoon Suite, a restored log cabin hunting lodge built in 1921. You can watch T. V., movies, or the crackling of the fire from the Jacuzzi. This suite and many others have high fences for privacy. The high log ceilings and bent twig swing in the front porch adds to the atmosphere.

  Each cottage has it's own private driveway, patio, BBQ, and picnic table. Cottages: $79- 699; high season- $99-799; Rates for military, law enforcement, senior citizens, AAA, large group packages, and Off-season week day specials. Golden Bear Cottages, celebrating their 84 years as great family resort. 39367 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA. (800)-461-1023. They speak Spanish too !Hablamos Espanol! Websites are: , , and


See Big Bear on ziplines
Posted: 15-Feb-10
in Big Bear: Action Zipline Tours
   Fly-by-wire thrills for hire

Action Zipline Tours lets you see Big Bear on ziplines

  Sandra Emerson, San Bernardino Sun Staff Writer

  Posted: 02/14/2010 07:23:04 PM PST

  Rhonda Ciolek was somewhat nervous before strapping on a harness and flying through the forest in Big Bear Lake on a cable.

But the thrill she got from zipping through the trees at 30 to 40 mph was something she'll never forget.   Ciolek's ride was with Action Zipline Tours, touted as the first accredited zipline tour company in Southern California. Tours are available for individuals, families and big groups.

Action is owned by Belinda and Ron Bain of Laguna Niguel. After nearly 1 1/2 years of going through the permitting process with San Bernardino County and the Association for Challenge Course Technology, Action officially opened to the public Friday.   Ciolek lives next door to the Bains and was able to try seven of the nine ziplines during a soft opening Jan. 16.

"I'm really glad that they found something that they really like," Ciolek said. "I've been passing out fliers trying to get people to go and try it, and I'm hoping their business will be successful."   Belinda Bain, a contractor for 22 years, decided to open the business after falling in love with the sport. It is a great addition to the outdoor lifestyle that defines Big Bear! 

The Bains began looking for property to buy to start their own zipline tour company. They found property zoned for recreational use off of Highway 38.   There are nine lines, aircraft cables that hold 60,000 pounds. Teams of 14 can take the tour at a time and they are guided by professionals.

"It's just kind of neat that people say they go to Hawaii and zipline. It's just nice that you can do   something like that right here in SoCal," Bain said.

By opening the zipline company, Belinda Bain was hoping to give people yet another reason to drive up to Big Bear with their friends and families. "I'm hoping people will come up and spend the day in Big Bear," Belinda Bain said.

One of the local partners in Big Bear is Golden Bear Cottages lodging resort. Group and family lodging packages are available for zipline enthusiasts at Golden Bear Cottages. Call 1-800-461-1023 for lodging and group accommodations and package rates.   Action Zipline Tours

41647 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315       909-866-0390;

Golden Bear Cottages Big Bear Lake resort

39367 Big Bear Blvd. (Hwy 18), Big Bear Lake, CA 92315  909-866-2010 or 800-461-1023;

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Big Bear Resorts primed for long snow season
Lots of snow for Big Bear

Resorts primed for snow season

Hopes high after big early storms, start of Winter

  Mike Cruz, San Bernardino Sun Staff Writer

  Revised and updated

Arriving for check-in at the Golden Bear Cottages resort office ...... snowing in Big Bear Lake at Golden Bear Cottages

  BIG BEAR LAKE - In the crisp noon air, a group of snowboarders carved S-shaped trails in the snow Saturday as they glided down runs at Bear Mountain Resort.

While some boarders sailed off jumps, others simply enjoyed the cool smooth ride to the bottom on their brightly colored snowboards. Now a choice: Do it again or rest at the bottom and wait for friends.   Funky beats played through the resort's sound system at its nearby massive outdoor deck. The smell of tasty fare cooking on the grill wafted through the air. From scores of tables, people swapped stories about their day and watched others glide down the slope.

"This is the place to be," said Eldon McCarthy of Carlsbad, who watched the scene from the deck. Bear Mountain's atmosphere has "a super mellow vibe" where locals embrace everybody.   "It's the kind of place where you can just clear your head, even if you don't snowboard," said the 21-year-old McCarthy.

Local ski resorts and lodging properties hope other outdoor enthusiasts also see them as the place to be, as the holiday season kicked off last Saturday. The resorts hope for a swell in attendance as people go on vacation, kids get out of school and colleges go on winter break.     "Today was one of the best," said snowboarder Brian Kim, 25, of Orange County. "This is definitely a good place to come this winter. Lots of snow here!"

Kim says the best thing about Bear Mountain is the terrain, which offers a lot for intermediate and advanced boarders. Of course, the resort also offers lessons and help for beginners.     Bear Mountain's sister resort, nearby Snow Summit, boasts similar conditions but caters more to families and less to the young adult demographic. Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, Big Bear Ice Garden outdoor ice rink and Big Bear Snow play are all open and ready for the snow season. With early openings in October for all and forecasts for an El Nino winter, the resorts are setting up for a welcomed long season.  

"The season got off to an unbelievably early start," said Chris Riddle, marketing director for Bear Mountain, which opened Oct. 30 with the help of an unseasonable cold snap that rolled through Southern California. "It's actually our second earliest opening on record," Riddle said.   Conditions are good: an 24 to 36-inch base with all lifts available for the holidays, and more storms to come. A down economy could have an even more diminished impact on local resorts if forecasts for a longer, wetter El   Nino winter holds true and helps draw crowds. Meterologists say an El Nino weather pattern will bring more moisture to California and snow to Big Bear.   "This has the feel of a great season," the general manager said in a news release. "With our early opening, El Nino looming, and the economy recovering, we feel very positive about the upcoming winter."     Long range forecast / discussion...March through April
--It looks like March should be busy as Pacific storms will be in good supply. After a break next week, next Friday through Sunday (March 10th-12th) another low pressure system moves through, this time with better snow potential, and possibly moderate totals. Winter is far from over. 
is looking like THE time to hit the slopes in SoCal this winter. We believe much more Spring snow coming in March and April.

  Bear Mountain resort is also doing well despite the economy, says general manager Brent Tregaskis. The resort, he says, is a practical escape for people who want to have fun snowboarding and skiing without having to book a flight or travel out of the area.

  About a two-hour drive from Orange County or Los Angeles - about an hour from San Bernardino - is all that's needed. Hotels such as Northwoods and Best Western and private cabins for rent like Golden Bear Cottages  abound near the ski resorts. Many restaurants available and great shopping in the Village too "We think it's a very good, reasonable value!"  CHECK  here for a great Big Bear snow video from you tube

  Have a wonderful winter mountain snow season. Remember: giving and sharing with our fellow man will bring you the greatest reward and satisfaction. Remember us when planning your Winter holiday getaways, and remember this quotation from naturist John Muir..." The mountains are calling, and I must go!"

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  Are you looking for a family friendly vacation in Southern California? If you live in Orange County, California and don't want to drive, but still want to stay in a hotel so you can feel like you are getting away for a Memorial Day or Labor Day vacation, you can stay at the Disneyland Hotel and enjoy some family fun at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Knott's Berry Farm. There is one thing you need to know about the Disneyland Hotel and that is that hotel is very expensive during the summer, but very enjoyable if you have the extra money. If you live outside of Orange County, California, this is a great family friendly Labor Day vacation that you and your family will love. The Disneyland Hotel is right next to the Downtown Disney District and has over 969 rooms. The Disneyland Hotel has added 19 new rooms that have a theme to either Mickey Mouse or the Disneyland Princesses. The character rooms have two twin beds that are available adjoining a standard room. The Disneyland Hotel has a beautiful Never Land themed pool for your family to enjoy.

If you love the mountain air, the Golden Bear Cottages in Big Bear, California has big historic mountain cabins that is family friendly Labor Day vacation and is AAA approved. The world famous Golden Bear Cottages has 28 cabins with prices ranging from $89 for a one-bedroom cabin up to $799 for a seven-bedroom retreat cabin per night for your family weekend or weeklong family vacation getaway. That makes it one of the best resorts and best places to stay. Some of their cabin rentals are pet friendly with fenced yards. The Golden Bear Cottages is a quiet mountain resort that has a heated pool, spa, and many year-round outdoor activities for your family. Take a look at the beautiful photos from the Golden Bear Cottages Gallery of cottages, special pictures of families, events and groups.

The beach is always a great place to get away for a family friendly Labor Day or Memorial Day vacation. The world famous historic Hotel Del Coronado, which was built in 1888 on beach front property, is a great family friendly Labor Day vacation in San Diego, California, especially for kids. They have a year round Kids Camp for ages 4 - 12. The Hotel Del Coronado has a pool, a Jacuzzi, surfing and kayaking lessons. There is a spa treatment for teens; a Coast Club Teen lounge during the summer; kid bikes, boogie board, and wet suit rentals. For two adults and two children, the price is around $295.00 to $630.00 for 2 adults and 2 children each night. You can view photos of the Hotel Del Coronado Photo Gallery or the Hotel Del Coronado Consumer Photo Gallery.

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USA Top 20 Family Vacations award
Story Posted February 05, 2012
. Golden Bear Cottages has just been named to USA Top 20 Family Vacation Resorts by  again for 2012. Ten straight years: Top Big Bear Family Vacation Lodging Spot!

  Golden Bear Cottages resort received the first award while they were celebrating their 80th anniversary. They have received many other family lodging and group awards over the years: 1977 AAA approved lodging facility. In 1999 Diamond Rating from AAA. In 2000 AAA Travel guide top rating. In 2004 Best rating in Big Bear. In 2005 Las Vegas Tribune's Top Travel award, and also in 2005 Platinum lodging award from and the Better Business Bureau AAA top lodging award. Golden Bear Cottages is also a founding member of the Big Bear Lake Resort Association and they have been a proud member of the Big Bear Lake Chamber of Commerce for many decades: family vacation: a top selection in best family vacation spots with full amenities, fresh towels, linens and daily maid service.

  Golden Bear Cottages is the only resort or cabins in Big Bear to be named to this Top 20 list. They are also the only Southern California Resort cabin property to make the Top 20 Family Vacations award list.  Want a great fishing spot? Golden Bear Cottages has been named to the list of TOP 12 FISHING LODGES in America by

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We went to these folks to rent a pontoon boat. Their prices were excellent which is good but the staff were all very friendly and helpful. They actually show you how to operate the controls etc. so don't worry if you are not a boat person, they will get you sorted out quickly and efficiently. Excellent boat rental.

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We rented a kayak here for an hour. It was $20 and quite a bit of fun. We got pretty soaked paddling around the lake so be sure to wear a swimsuit. Whatever you bring with you will get wet (ie. camera, wallet, etc).

Skip cheesy Swim Beach (UGH.. so glad we didn't get out of the car when we saw that one) and get a cheap boat. We would definitely like to try one of the pontoons next time. The smallest sized one (up to 4 people) was $65 an hour. There was a coupon with us for 20% off if you stayed over 2 hours on a weekday.. they have the coupons over at the Alpine Slide place.


I did some research about boat rentals in Big Bear before deciding to rent from Pleasure Point.  What sold me?  Their prices were the best.  What would make me go back?  The super friendly staff who give great instructions (I had never driven a pontoon or any boat for that matter before), the clean, well maintained boats, and the great price.  

The staff was really helpful with getting us all set up.  They helped the baby get into her life vest (which she thought was super cool - buy hey, she's 2) and they welcomed the dog too.  The instructions were clear and they helped us get back into the slip afterwards.  Just a really nice operation here.

So if you're headed up to Big Bear and know you wanna rent a boat for some fun on the lake, give these fine people your money.


After a careful research, I chose Pleasure Point Marina for their reasonable price and good reviews. We rented a medium-size boat that holds about 8 people for $95 an hour. An hour is plenty if you're only considering of just cruising around.

Even though it was a warm day, the wind was strong a chilly. A blanket is a must and even if you don't have any plans of going in the water, I would recommend bringing towels.


The staff was really nice and the location was great. Lots of parking.
The pontoon we rented was spacious and clean, had a cd player, lots of storage....well maintained.

Mabye it was just a great day and any other place would have been fine as well, but I really enjoyed the trip from this company.


i came here and rented a kayak for 2 and it was $20. i think that's a reasonable price! i didn't really compare thlough, just read the reviews here and everyone said it's the cheapest! also we were 10-15 minutes late and they were totally chill! so great service!

their kayaks are in good condition too. i would highly recommend them!

one hour of kayaking was enough for me though, pretty tiring! wore sneakers which wasn't very smart, our butts got soaked.
they offer other things too, like the electric boat that was $35 an hour. but I didn't try it,

since they close at 5pm

tip: wear flip flops, your feet/legs/butt will get wet. try not to bring anything in case, but they did give us a bag to hold things in. also check out their website, get discounts at Golden Bear Cottages resort office at 39367 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


Hwy 18, JUST 8 Miles West of Big Bear Lake
Running Springs, CA 92382

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Overall: 5 of 5

  Family Friendly: 5 of 5

  Downhill Terrain: 5 of 5

  Terrain Park: 4 of 5

  Apres Ski: 4 of 5


  January 11th, 2007

  We took our whole family to Snow Valley ski resort last weekend. We were going to go to BearMountain, but when we saw the special ski ticket deals offered at Golden Bear Cottages on the internet we tried Snow Valley. The experience was fabulous. We had a quick drive from Golden Bear Cottages (our resort cabin lodging site) and then snow boarded all day long. We had so much fun, we purchased tickets at Snow Valley to return the next day. We had another great time the next day and the conditions were superb. This was a great way for Golden Bear Cottages guests to be introduced to another great snowboard and skiing option. Thank you, the Ald family.

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Sal Satori, from:So Cal...Review for Snow Valley Ski Resort


Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 *****Jan. 4, 2007


  This hill is a gem, often passed by those on the way to Big Bear. For the better advanced terrain, make sure to proceed to the very back/top of mountain. You can't see this area from the lodge.

You can ride some nice steeps all day here without any lines, even on very busy weekends and holidays. I prefer this resort over Big Bear Mountain.


Karen D.,from: So Cal...Review for Snow Valley Ski Resort

Overall Rating: 4.8 out of 5 *****
Jan. 29,2007

We took our whole family to Snow Valley ski resort last weekend. We were going to go to Bear Mountain, but when we say the special ski ticket deals offered at Golden Bear Cottages we tried Snow Valley. The experience was fabulous. We had a quick drive from Golden Bear Cottages (our resort cabin lodging site) and then snow boarded all day long. We had so much fun, we purchased tickets at Snow Valley to return the next day. We had another great time the next day and the conditions were superb. This was a great way for Golden Bear Cottages guests to be introduced to another great snowboard and skiing option. Thank you.


Overall Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Family Friendly: 5 out of 5
Downhill Terrain: 4 out of 5
Terrain Park: 4.5 out of 5
Snow Valley and Northwoods Resort-- Reviewed Feb. 1st, 2007.
  Very family friendly. I liked the Ski/Snowboard learn package that Northwoods Resort offered. Being a beginner it was nice to have all in one information. The mountain was perfect. We were able to go at our own pace and relaxed on the deck area where you can watch all the fun. The shop at the resort had everything you need and is also priced family friendly. I strongly recommend this ski resort and Northwood Resort for lodging.

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  Big Bear quality skiing is just two hours from L.A.

  By CARY ORDWAY  Travel Editor

  The folks from Colorado or the Sierra Nevada may chuckle just a bit when you say there is good skiing near Los Angeles, but our eye-opening trip to Big Bear in January proved that, for us, it definitely was worth the trip. Wide-open cruising, sunny skies, high-speed quads, no lift lines and lots of fresh snow - Could you ask for anything more?

  Some of the snow, we should add, is man-made, but the operators of Big Bear Mountain Resorts are quick to point out that snow is snow, and man-made snow is, indeed, real snow. It just was shot from a gun, not sprinkled from the heavens.

  We've skied most of the great ski areas in the Northwest, from Whistler to Sun Valley to Mt. Bachelor, all the way down to California's Squaw Valley so we do have some basis for comparison. Sure, Big Bear is not as elaborate or varied in terrain as the mega ski resorts and, without Mother Nature's help, it's not likely to have the giant moguls or twenty inches of fresh powder you might encounter where there is naturally more snow.

  But the mountains that offer skiing and snowboarding at Big Bear Lake do offer plenty to keep you busy. We focused entirely on just one of three areas -- Snow Summit -- and it had our worn-out thighs begging for mercy after just a few hours. With no lines, it's basically ride-and-go -- hop on one of the high-speed chairlifts to the top of the mountain, then ski or snowboard down about 1200 feet of vertical and do it all over again.

  One important note here: Our skiing was Thursday and Friday, not during the weekend. The Big Bear ski areas draw from such a huge metropolis - all of the L.A. Basin is within a couple of hours' drive - that the ski areas actually turn away customers on weekends in order to keep the lifts and runs from overflowing. The limit we're told is 7,000 visitors on any given Saturday or Sunday.

  Limiting the number of visitors to a ski area speaks volumes about the management of the area - especially when you consider that the Big Bear ski areas have invested $6 million recently in upgrading their snowmaking to the point that they can cover 100 percent of the runs with man-made snow. We liked the idea that Big Bear is concerned about their visitors' experience when the reality is they could just open the flood gates and probably never run out of customers from the huge L.A. market.

  The snowmaking is possible as long as there are cold temperatures - in the 20's - and the Big Bear areas have their snowmaking down to a science. Early in the year they adjust the snow to be a little wetter and thus icier when it freezes, which becomes a good solid base on which to add more layers of snow. The top layer is applied as needed and is a drier snow giving visitors the feeling of a light dusting of powder. During our visit, daytime temperatures were in the low 30's so we thought the runs might be icy - not so, however. The snow's texture allowed for excellent control.

  The type and amount of snow are just part of the skiing experience and, for many, the scenery becomes another important consideration. Here, Big Bear does not disappoint - most of the runs have wide, expansive vistas looking down to Big Bear Lake, making the scenery reminiscent of some of the skiing around Lake Tahoe.

  With 300 days of sunshine each year, Big Bear - even in winter - offers better weather than most West Coast ski resorts. On our second day, temperatures reached about 40 degrees and the skies were clear blue, so that put it pretty close to spring skiing conditions at most other resorts.

  If you're into quality skiing, it's well worth taking a couple of vacation days and experiencing mid-week at Big Bear. We're long past those days when we used to get up at dawn, drive hours through snow, sleet and ice and then spend a few frost-bitten, shivering hours braving icy wind or worse, fog. The catch phrase we used to ask ourselves: "Are we having fun yet?"

  On our Big Bear trip, we drove two and a half hours from the San Diego area on Thursday with plenty of time for skiing once we arrived. Later, we relaxed at a great hotel, went out for some great food and slept like babies. The next day we chowed down on a huge throw-cholesterol-to-the-wind breakfast and still had several hours of quality skiing before it was time to head home.

  We stayed at the Northwoods Resort and Conference Center, one of the larger facilities at Big Bear Lake with a variety of accommodations. These units are mountain lodge style with lots of special touches to make you feel like you're not staying in an everyday hotel. Decor is Adirondack style and rooms feature hand-crafted furnishings. Suites feature gas-burning fireplaces, in-room spa tubs and a wet bar. We found the service friendly and the whole facility quite convenient - only a mile or so from the ski area.

  The Big Bear area has, in fact, one of the best selections of getaway-style lodgings anywhere in the state. The "cabin in the woods" experience is alive and well, whether it's staying in a resort or renting your own cabin at Golden Bear Cottages by the day or week. There are also some of the best bed-and-breakfast inns available anywhere in California - this area has it all.

  Big Bear Lake is popular with visitors both in winter and in summer, so there is a resort infrastructure that has built up over the years. The downtown shopping area is quaint and funky with its art and gift shops and no shortage of places to enjoy a good meal. Barbecue or steak restaurants are popular in Big Bear, but there is a variety of other choices including Mexican, Chinese and other selections.

  For breakfast, there has to be no better place than the Grizzly Manor Cafe, where the owner's opinions are dished out pretty much in proportion to the food. This is one of those hole-in-the-wall places where there are so few tables that, on a busy weekend morning, you'll have to stand in line to get in. Once inside you'll be treated to cheery waitresses and the middle-aged, owner-cook who makes a point of visiting with the patrons and offering up some humor in the process. The food, we discovered, is everything your doctor told you not to eat: pancakes bigger than the plates, tasty sausage, eggs and potatoes fried in flavorful grease. Portions are about twice what anyone should be eating, so order light and you'll come out about right. Prices are quite reasonable.

  Driving to Big Bear, only the last 45 minutes of your drive will be on winding roads. This isn't much of a problem in good weather but, if storms are present, the drive can be slow - especially on weekends. When the main highways to Big Bear (330/18) are congested, the ski areas advise that visitors consider using Highway 38, which approaches the resort from the southeast side through Redlands. While a little bit longer, it is much faster than getting delayed in traffic on the other routes.


  WHERE: Big Bear ski areas are about a two-hour drive east from Los Angeles. The two areas operated by Big Bear Mountain Resorts are Snow Summit, the best choice for intermediate skiers, and Bear Mountain, the best choice for hotdog skiers and snowboarders. Just 8 miles West of Big Bear Lake on highway (330/18) is Snow Valley, another fine ski resort. Snow Valley gives you a third choice for family friendly skiing and boarding.

  WHAT: Big Bear Lake is a popular year-round resort area. In Summer, the water activities and mountain activities like hiking and mountain biking draw visitors. In Winter, it is the skiing, snowshoeing, snow play and other winter activities.

  WHEN: Year-round. Skiing lasts from about November through April, sometimes longer. The lake is open from about April through October.

  WHY: The area is relatively close to the 20 million people living from San Diego to Santa Barbara and, at a 6,800-foot base level, offers a climate unlike anyplace else in Southern California.

HOW: For information on skiing & boarding in Big Bear, call 909-866-5766 or visit For family skiing and snow play, call Snow Valley at 909-867-2751 or visit .  For more information on the Northwoods Resort, call 800-866-3121 or visit  For more information on Golden Bear Cottages Resort, call 800-461-1023 or visit the resort cabins site at


Pets are allowed: Golden Bear Cottages Big Bear Lake Pet Policy 

Pets are allowed in the designated Pet Friendly cottages ONLY.


The following rules are provided in advance for a pet's stay:


1. The pet(s) is to be on leash at all times when outside cottage.


2. The pet(s) will be in a crate or a carrier if left unattended in cottage.


3. Golden Bear Cottages housekeepers will not enter a cottage to do 'Maid


Service' if pet(s) are not in a crate or a carrier.


4. Clean up of pet grounds after pet is always required. No pets in pool area.


5. You are responsible for damages and/or extra cleaning caused by your pet.


6. A $100 cash deposit may be required, or we may charge your credit card for damages.


7. Each pet fee is $10 per day. NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE.


8. The pet(s) are not allowed on furniture. We have pet quilts and crates you may check out in the office
for a nominal rental fee as available.

9. Please bathe your pets before traveling to Golden Bear Cottages. You may not give them a bath in the cabin!

Southern California Tour Bus Group Resort Destination with mountain accommodations from 20 to 200 at Golden Bear Cottages AAA approved historic mountain resort...


Nearby Big Bear Lake attractions and activities:
Alpine Slide, Arcades, Alpine Trout Farm, Antique shops, Convention center, Discovery center, Fitness and exercize, Golf, Hiking, Horseback riding, Ice skating, Ice cream shops, Off-road Adventures, Performing Arts Center, Mountain biking, Mountain Animal Zoo, Movie theaters, Lake Marinas, Night clubs and bars, Public swimming, Shopping in Big Bear's historic Village, Shooting range, Solar Observatory, Skiing, snow boarding & Cross country skiing, Zipline Tours.
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A response from President Don DiCarlo to the nature of rant Internet reviews:

  Why do we see so many unhappy people ranting on the Internet in the form of reviews?

  I believe it is their human nature. So many people are much more likely to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to hurt someone or thing than we would normally take to compliment it. How may times have you written a review about the places you frequent the most? Have you written a review about your favorite grocery store, clothing store, gas station, yearly vacation spot or dry cleaners? Probably not, because you are already satisfied and you will see them next time. It is far easier for us to remain anonymous and complain about something we believe should have been done, than we are to take important time out of our day to compliment someone with whom we are satisfied. There are no consequences for saying whatever you want, truthful or not on an Internet review site. It is far easier than discussing the matter and solving it with the person or company you have a disagreement with, because that might be confrontational or you may not get what you want. You may really believe you are right, but there are always two sides to every story. Complaining about an issue you feel strongly about on the Internet has no threat of reprisal from a court or other authorities, even if what you say is completely one sided and untrue. An untruthful dispute almost always looses when seen by impartial people! People who love to rant now have this protected forum and these unhappy personalities continue to rant on the review websites. Most happy normal people simply continue going back to their favorite places because they are satisfied. They do not write any reviews because they have busy lives and are not normally motivated enough to go through the hassle of writing a review. For the kind people who do take the time to share good memorable experiences, we commend you.But, because of human nature the website operators will go on making money from us while we only believe we are getting correct information. Think about it.

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