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Big Bear Lake, CA

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Beautiful Big Bear lake in Autumn

Big Bear Lake in Autumn

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Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk

Stanfield Marsh Boardwalk

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Homes on lake, Big Bear Lake

Houses on Big Bear Lake

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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
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.

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Ski Southern California
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.

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Winter Holidays at the Lake
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.

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Something Spicy in Summer
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.

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Go Fish — for Trout, Bass and Catfish
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.

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