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Big Bear Lake

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Beautiful Big Bear lake in Autumn

Beautiful Big Bear lake in Autumn

Stanfield Marsh boardwalks, Big Bear Lake

Stanfield Marsh boardwalks, Big Bear Lake

Homes on lake, Big Bear Lake

Homes on lake, Big Bear Lake

When Angelenos say they're going to the mountains, they usually mean Big Bear, where a collection of Alpine-style villages surrounds a 7-mile-long lake. The south shore of the lake is busy with ski slopes, animal parks, a gorgeous B&B, water sports, lodging, and restaurants. You'll find quiet country walks, biking trails, and splendid alpine scenery along the north shore.

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Big Bear Alpine Zoo

This zoo with a cause is a rehabilitation facility for injured or orphaned animals. Visit bears, owls and bobcats before they are returned to the wild.

Big Bear Alpine Zoo

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Ski Southern California

Snow Summit is one of the best spots to ski in Southern California. You'll find runs for all levels, plus night skiing. Snowboarders are welcome, too.

Ski Southern California

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Winter Holidays at the Lake

Strolling musicians and Victorian-style carolers perform in the village. On New Year's Eve, torch-bearing skiers zip down the hills of Snow Summit.

Winter Holidays at the Lake

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Something Spicy in Summer

Every July, Big Bear Lake hosts its famous chili cook-off, with more than 40 cooks competing for the best recipe. Come taste-test and listen to live music.

Something Spicy in Summer

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Go Fish — for Trout, Bass and Catfish

Bring your poles and lures. Licenses can be obtained at sporting goods stores and marinas. If you're a serious angler, consider booking a charter trip.

Go Fish — for Trout, Bass and Catfish

Image Credit: Robert Harding/Getty Images

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