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.
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