Big Bear Lake Winter Tips  


    Winter chill made its way to the Big Bear Valley today and the primary storm season will be upon us before we know it. Don’t delay. Be prepared for the winter season. The City of Big Bear Lake is dedicated to helping residents. Snow poles are available for purchase at the Civic Center at a cost of $27.00 per pair or $13.50 per pole (including tax).

The Civic Center is located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd. and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Snow poles are only available to City residents.

In addition to snow removal on streets, the City provides berm reduction services to Big Bear Lake residents. When the City declares snow conditions, please keep the following in mind:

Always park vehicles OFF the road or street right-of-way

Shovel snow in driveways to the right side (as you face the road)

Keep roads clear of all snow tools & devices used for shoveling

Place garbage cans behind property line & berm when setting out for pick-up

Mark your driveway entrance with specially marked snow poles

Snow poles help snowplow operators identify a driveway entrance when performing berm reduction services

Keep small children inside when snow equipment is in your neighborhood

Mark fences with 6’ x 2” x 2” stakes, painted red at the top

Whenever possible, wait to clear driveways until snowplow has passed

Do not let children build igloos or caves in the snow banks near streets

Call the City’s Snow Removal Hotline at 909-752-2830 for general information on snow removal, berm reduction and current snow conditions. The hotline is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Approximately one-third of the City’s snow removal costs this season will go towards berm reduction. Berms are reduced only after all streets are cleared and passable. Berm reduction varies based on weather conditions, amount of snowfall and the number of snowplowing vehicles in operation.

In severe weather conditions with snow levels of 16” +, services may not be provided until 24 to 72 hours after snow begins to fall. Snow removal and berm reduction information can also be found on the City’s website,

The City of Big Bear Lake is a four-season resort located in the heart of the

San Bernardino National Forest, approximately 30 miles northeast of San Bernardino. The City serves a population of 5,400 residents and covers a 6.95 square mile area on the west end of Big Bear Lake’s south shore. Recreation is offered year-round, including skiing, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, golf and fine dining.