SB Forestry Service Tips for Snow Play: $5 Adventure Pass Required

Simone Graham – Editor: U.S. Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest:  Good morning! Planning to visit us for some snow play? Awesome! Welcome! A few reminders to make your visit fun and successful:

1. Snow attracts LOTS of people to the mountain. Plan ahead, consider leaving early and be prepared for the possibility of traffic delays, in some cases hours. If you can, consider visiting midweek.

2. Chains: You need chains to be on mountain roads or you risk being turned away at Caltrans checkpoints. They are for yours and everyone’s safety. Spinning out and sliding are not fun. As of Nov. 30, chain requirements are lifted. Check Caltrans 8 for road conditions if the weather changes. 

3. Place trash in receptacles or take it with you. In past years, we’ve experienced a high volume of broken plastic sleds left across the mountain. Eeek!

4. Recreation passes are required for many areas popular for snow play. They include Aspen Glen in Big Bear (pictured here from Friday morning) and areas along Highway 18 near Snow Valley (you’ll see signs about displaying a recreation pass). If you do not have an annual pass, $5 Adventure Passes can be purchased at many local stores and gas stations, as well as the Big Bear Discovery Center located on the North Shore.

5. Parking: If an area is crowded, move on until you find another area. Do not block the road and driveways. Visitors often congregate at the first pullout with snow, but more often than not, the better snow is farther up.

6. Enjoy, it’s wonderful to experience your public lands and snow in Southern California.

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