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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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