It’s Ski Season in Big Bear

We love the snow, and we’re glad to see it finally arrive. If you haven’t already booked your ski getaway, now is the time. Dust off those skis and hurry to place your reservation in one of our luxury cabins before they’re all booked up.

Winter in Big Bear is a wonderful time. In addition to skiing, there are lots of other great activities off the slopes. While we’re often inclined to enjoy winter in Big Bear from the comforting warmth of a hot tub or by the crackling fireplace in one of our luxurious vacation rentals, there are some additional fun things to do in Big Bear.

Big Bear Snow Play offers downhill inner tubing with a delightful twist. They have a “magic carpet” that takes you effortlessly from the bottom of the run back to the top. It’s a great way to enjoy a downhill run without working up a sweat to do it all over again. It’s pretty much all play and no work. Enjoy a thrilling ride down one of southern California’s longest downhill inner tube runs, and then relax on the magic carpet ride back up the hill to do it again. Sign us up!

Snow PlayBig Bear Alpine Slide is another favorite. Experience the fun of a luge run down the hill. You’ll navigate one of the twisting banked concrete runs in your sled as you race to the finish. Treat yourself and your family to an Olympic experience with high banked turns and long straightaways to gain speed. The sleds are individually controlled and run an a combination of teflon pads and wheels. Riders have full control over the speed with fully functioning brakes for the faint of heart.

View all of our Big Bear cabins and luxury estates at this link.  Or give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll help you choose a great property for your perfect holiday getaway.  And if you’d like to explore any of our other destinations, you can be assured that we’re committed to providing top quality cabins, estates, and condos for your next vacation getaway.  Here are links to our other properties in Nuevo VallartaMammoth MountainPark CitySouthern California Beaches, and La Quinta.


Life Has Too Many Regrets. Grab Your Skis and Avoid This One

We’re getting amazing snow in Big Bear right now.   March is upon us, and the skiing is better than ever.  But it can’t last forever; Spring is right around the corner. You don’t want to look back at this time once May rolls around realize you wasted one of your last chances to hit the slopes.  The conditions right now are great.  Don’t put this off any longer.

We imagine nobody will be surprised to learn that we’re in favor of the 4 day work week as long as you plan the other 3 days in one of our luxury Big Bear vacation rentals.  We’re also in favor of using some of those accumulated vacation days you have in reserve.  And we’re continually proposing that our guests just take a few days for relaxation in the mountains.  Call it personal days, impersonal days, or an out of town excursion that involves absolutely no work whatsoever.  This is a perfect time for some days on the slopes and some nights relaxing in a Five Star Vacation Rental in Big Bear.  Order your lift tickets in advance and save some money with this link:

Our weekday bookings are usually much lighter than the weekends, and the same applies to the slopes at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.  Get more time in on the slopes, and enjoy a wider choice of cabins for your time off the slopes.  As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll find even the best restaurants in the Village will seat you immediately.  It’s a great chance to unwind.

After a fun day on the slopes or in the Village, you can look forward to the evenings in your Five Star Vacation Rental. You’ll find each of our properties to be a luxurious delight. Cozy up in front of the fire and just relax with your family. Choose one of our properties with a hot tub, and that’s another great spot to end the day.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway elsewhere, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  A well planned weekend away in a Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate will recharge your batteries and equip the entire family for the challenges back at home.   Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Welcome to 2015. Grab Your Skis!

We had a great time welcoming in the New Year, and we sure hope you did as well.  We did everything in moderation, and woke up with a clear head ready to take in the Rose parade.  New Year’s day was very relaxing, and we’re finally starting to run out of left overs from all the holiday meals.

Like many people, the New Year is always an exciting time for us. We make big resolutions and every year we actually manage to accomplish some of them.  It’s always best to start small, and work your way into the big ones. “Get out of bed, “make breakfast,” and “go to work” are easy and help us feel confident in moving on the larger ones.  Maybe this year we’ll actually get to the really big ones , so we can have the satisfaction of announcing that we’ve established world peace.  And we’ll make the announcement from the top of Mount Everest.  It could happen.

But the easier items on our resolution list are things we really want to do anyway: spend more time with our family and ski more this season.  If your list has a couple of similar resolutions, Five Star Vacation Rentals will gladly help you kill two birds with one stone.

The early storms this season helped create a great base for skiing in Big Bear.  As the storms continue, the condition of the slopes just gets better.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are making snow in between storms, and it has all the makings of one of the best ski seasons we’ve seen in many years.  There’s really no better reason to grab your skis and reserve a few nights in a luxurious Five Star Vacation Rentals cabin.  Even if you don’t ski, there’s plenty of snow fun in Big Bear including sledding and inner tube slides.

Well, maybe there is one better reason:  spending some quality time with your family.  A ski getaway can be a great opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a great downhill run followed by an evening of laughter with your family in front of a warm fire in your Five Star Vacation Rental cabin.  Each of our cabins is selected for their distinctive luxury features.  There’s good reason why we’ve hosted Hollywood starlets and had our cabins appear in film.  Our cabins are stars in their own right, and you’ll understand that best as you relax in the amazing comfort of the one you choose for your next family ski getaway.

You can view all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  Here are links to our other ski destinations in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain.  In the mood for a warmer getaway?  Check out our vacation rentals in  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy some time together, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.



What’s Your New Year’s Resolution? We’ve Got A Suggestion!

If your house is like ours, we’re still finding bits of wrapping paper and ribbons scattered around after our Christmas morning clean up.  The kids are dividing their time equally between playing with their new toys and playing with the boxes they came in.

We had the most amazing Christmas dinner.  Grandma volunteered to cook a turkey with her patented dressing, so it was like Thanksgiving 2.0.  Shortly after the last bite of pumpkin pie was consumed, the dads in attendance dutifully fell straight into a winter’s nap on the sofa and recliner.  We still think this is just a ploy to get out of helping with cleanup, but the moms were especially charitable and no complaints were heard.

As soon as the cleanup began, our thoughts turned to the week ahead and celebrating the new year with our resolutions.  We all agreed that we need to exercise more, manage our money better, and spend more time with family.  Each of these is admirable, but seem to repeat each and every year.  So this year,  we want to share with you a truly great idea that may well take care of all three of these resolutions: Get away to Big Bear in Five Star Vacation Rental cabin or estate.

Yes, we’re likely a wee bit biased on this, but it’s still a worthy idea.  Big Bear is simply breathtaking this time of year, and the recent storms have blanketed the mountain with a good supply of snow.  This means all the snow features are open, and you’ll have more snow activities available to keep you active.  At the bottom of the ski run you’ll be breathless both from the thrill of the run, and the exercise involved.  You can check that one off your list.

Next, we agree that wise money management is essential.  Most families are feeling some of the squeeze from today’s economy.  Thankfully, that squeeze doesn’t need to impact your plans.  A Five Star Vacation Rental cabin in Big Bear is an amazing value.  For about the cost of an average upscale hotel, you can enjoy far more with luxury, privacy, and room to breathe in a Five Star Vacation Rental.  Many of our cabins have hot tubs and lake or forest views.  Couple this with the fully equipped kitchens in our cabins, and you’ll start to see the amazing difference in value you get with Five Star.  And unlike piling the entire family into a single hotel room, your Five Star Vacation Rental has enough bedrooms to allow dad to snore blissfully loud without ever disturbing the rest of the family. That alone is worth the price of admission.

But the most important resolution is spending more time with your family.  A Five Star Vacation Rental is perfect for this.  Unlike a hotel room, with Five Star Big Bear cabins, you can cook your own meals and eat together in your dining room.  Instead of packing up the entire family, piling into the car, and then waiting to get seated in a pricey restaurant, you can just relax and enjoy a meal together in your luxury cabin.  Don’t feel like cooking?  Order take out and relax by the fire as you enjoy each other.  Another resolution accomplished.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway in one of our other ski destinations, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain.  Want to head to warmer climes for your getaway, check out our vacation rentals in  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy some time together, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

Plan Your Winter Getaway!

The long summer and fall have come to an end, and it’s time to start preparing for your annual pilgrimage to the snow in Big Bear.  For some of us it’s far more frequent than just annually, but whatever may be your schedule, now is the time to book your getaway.

We’re already starting to see some promising snow reports, and there’s no real reason to delay your plan.  Here are a few tips to help make your getaway more enjoyable.

Buy your lift tickets in advance. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain share lift tickets and offer a free shuttle between the slopes.  It’s easy to fill your day with one great run after another. Here’s the link to buy tickets online:

Plan a weekday getaway. As the ski season gets into full swing, weekends will be get busier.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are well equipped for big crowds, but many of us prefer ski on lighter days.  Whichever is your preference, be sure to plan ahead.

Book a Five Star Vacation Rental luxury vacation rental cabin. Those first few days back on the slopes may well result in a few sore muscles.  But we’ve got the perfect solution for that.  Most of our Big Bear luxury rentals have hot tubs.  We’ll be happy to help you find the best vacation rental for your getaway.

Check out all of our Big Bear vacation rentals at this link.  And if you’re in the mood for a getaway in one of our other ski destinations, follow these links to view our other properties in Park City, and Mammoth Mountain.  Want to head to warmer climes for your getaway, check out our vacation rentals in  Southern California Beaches and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Your family could use some time away to relax and enjoy some time together, couldn’t they?  Call us today at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you plan a great vacation or weekend trip.

We’ve Got Snow!

It’s one of those phrases that so many of us just love to hear over and over.  Like when your spouse looks lovingly in your eyes, and says, “I love you,”  or when your kid rushes in the door with a beaming face declaring, “I got all A’s!” And add to that list when Five Star Vacation Rentals taps you gently on the shoulder and whispers excitedly, “We’ve got snow!”

It’s our absolute most favorite time of the year.  We feel like a perennial groundhog, looking anxiously to the sky and learning more about weather patterns than a CalTech grad.  Big Bear is an extraordinarily delightful destination any time of the year, but especially so when snow arrives.  This means its time for you to take action while there’s still time.

Now you’ll need to time your visit to meet your specific desires.  Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are getting snow, but neither has announced the exact date they’ll open for skiers.  But don’t let that slow you down. There are plenty of fun hills and snow play around town, but we’re still waiting for the slopes to open up.  It’s a great time to grab the kids and some snow disks for a great weekend getaway.  And you can still prepare for the season by purchasing your season passes for the slopes at this link.

Winter is our busiest season, so it’s important to plan ahead.  We may still have one or two cabins available for Thanksgiving.  As soon as the slopes open up, we’re typically deluged with reservations.  Don’t delay making your reservation to make sure you get that much needed time away in Big Bear!

Just can’t wait any longer?  Some lifts are already open in Park City and Mammoth.  You can book your stay online, or call us at 310-780-3411.  We’ll help you pick out the perfect luxury rental for your family or group.  And remember, it’s a perfect time to plan your Christmas getaway as well.  Book early, so you can have a wider selection of luxury vacation rental cabins in Big Bear with Five Star Vacation Rentals.

Not in the mood for a cold weather getaway?  We’ve got you covered!  Check out our luxury vacation rentals in Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches,  and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will be a great value for your and your family.  Call us today, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

April Events in Big Bear

Spring is quickly closing in on us, but we’ve still got plenty of good skiing weather here in Big Bear.  With a couple of late storms, we usually have good skiing conditions lasting into late April.  And there are some great reasons to start planning your April getaway to Big Bear now.

Each year Bear Mountain and Snow Summit invite Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters & Active Military to take advantage of Honor Our Heros/Uniform Days.  The last opportunity this season will be on April 3 & 4. It’s the resort’s way of showing appreciation for the hard work and sacrifice of these folks.  Just take your valid work identification to any Bear Mountain or Snow Summit ticket window and you will receive a $38.00 lift ticket. Up to a $21 savings!

CATS presents “Mark Twain and the Shakespeare Mystery” A One-Act, One-Man Show by Robin Field. The shows will be on April 5, 6, 10, 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM. Matinees at 2:30 on April 7 and 14. For more details please call or visit their website:
Location: CATS Warehouse Theater at 1117 West Big Bear Blvd
Contact: Tel: (909) 585-4757 Website:

Enjoy the natural beauty of Big Bear with ongoing events at the Big Bear Discovery Center. Gather the family for a 30-minute Nature Walk on Saturdays at 1pm and 2 pm and Sundays at 11 am and 12 noon to learn about the local plant life, wildlife and some very interesting historical facts. Great activity for fami…
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Drive/ Hwy 38, Fawnskin CA 92333
Contact: Tel: (909) 382-2790 Website:

Every Saturday in April the Big Bear Alpine Zoo offers animal feeding tours that allow you to go along with the zookeepers as they visit each of the animals with their meals. It’s a great experience for the kids, and a rare behind-the-scenes tour that you just can’t find at most zoos. The keeper takes time to explain interesting facts about the animals as they are fed — a great opportunity to learn about our wildlife! There’s no additional cost for the tour, but regular admission rates apply for entry into the zoo. Regular Zoo Hours are 10-5 on Saturdays/Sundays and 10-4 on weekdays. The feeding tours usually last about an hour starting at 3pm.
Location: Big Bear Alpine Zoo at 43285 Goldmine Drive
Contact: Tel: (909) 878-4200 Website:

We’ll have more information on fun Big Bear April events in an upcoming blog.  Call us at 310-780-3411 to book your stay.  Browse all of our Big Bear cabins on this page.  If you’re looking for a getaway someplace else, please be sure to look at our luxury rentals in  Park City,Palm Springs/La Quinta Southern California Beaches Mammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Regardless of where you may go, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that Five Star Vacation Rentals is working to make your vacation relaxing and memorable.

March Events in Big Bear

There’s snow on the ground now in Big Bear, but as Spring approaches, temperatures begin rising and the cold of winter is replaced with warmer, sunnier days. The comfortable weather of Spring is alluring, but it can mean limited accessibility to some of Big Bear’s snowier attractions. March is the perfect time to take advantage of Big Bear’s snowy landscape before it melts away. There are a multitude of activities in the area for everybody to explore this time of year.

One such activity is Guided Snowshoe Tours offered by the Southern California Mountains Foundation. On this tour, you can traverse through the San Bernardino National Forest with a tour guide and become acquainted with the natural features of Big Bear through snowshoeing. This is a great opportunity for individuals visiting the area who are interested in exploring Big Bear’s natural beauty, as well as for families looking for engaging and educational activities for kids. Discovering the beauty of Big Bear in wintertime is a treat for adults and kids both. For more information, call (909) 382-2790.

Several snowboarding and skiing events and competitions come to Big Bear in March, too. Whether you are interested in participating in or simply watching these events, there are certainly opportunities for interested visitors. The War of Rails is a skiing competition that takes place on March 2nd and is free to attend. For more information, call (909) 866-5766. Visitors can become involved in a good cause when The United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) also hosts their annual Ski-A-Thon on the same day. Participants enroll to snowboard or ski to raise money for USARC. Additional information is available by calling (909) 584-0269.

These and other snowy events make March the ideal time to plan a Big Bear vacation. After a day of fun activities like these, you will love the comfort and luxury of one of our Big Bear Cabins. Call us at (310) 780-3411 to begin planning your trip!

If you’d like to view our Big Bear vacation rental cabins, visit our Big Bear page at this link.  Planning a vacation somewhere else?  We’ve got luxury vacation rentals available in Park CityPalm Springs/La Quinta Southern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and  Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We realize that you get very little vacation time each year, so we’re dedicated to ensuring that your time spent in one of our luxury rentals will have you enjoying every possible moment.  Call us today, and we’ll help you plan the vacation of a lifetime.

Pack Your Bags! We’ve Got Five Star Luxury Big Bear Cabins and Great Ski Conditions

The recent storms have finally passed, but they’ve left behind some great ski conditions in the Big Bear area.  If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to pack up for your ski getaway, wait no longer!  Check ahead when you come, but the roads are clear with no chains required, so it’s an easy drive to an amazing getaway.  Here’s the current report from Bear Mountain:

There are lots of  beginner jumps and rails at chair 6, while chair 5 is lined with intermediate jumps, hips, jibs, the halfpipes, and a new wall ride. Over on chair 9 there are more intermediate features as well as lots of advanced and some expert features. Chair 9 has lots of skate style down bars, wall-rides, boxes, and tubes of all sorts. We are definitely enjoying the finest park set-up of the 2012-2013 season. Freestyle camp is a great way to comfortable improve with friendly and talented instructors. We are out of the cold front which allowed for some great snowmaking, and back into classic Southern California sun shine …

And here’s the report from Snow Summit:

Park Staff has also made a few new changes to Westridge, including two skill builder boxes and a mini bank halfpipe at the top of Chair 2. After hitting the new features, you have your choice of lapping Summit Run or continuing through the park, which has a new feature count of 32 jibs and 41 snow features! The snow coverage is excellent and we’re expecting sunny skies all weekend long. Be sure to make reservations if you’re headed up for the holiday to guarantee your spot on the snow.

Snow Summit and Bear Mountain limit the number of lift tickets sold each day to reduce crowding both on the slopes and the lifts.  Your tickets will work for either location, and there’ s a free shuttle bus that runs every half hour between the two.  They’ve made every provision to make sure you’re able to get in the maximum amount of skiing on your getaway.  Be sure to buy your lift tickets ahead of time to make sure they’re not sold out.  Here’s the link to their online store:

And of course, we strongly recommend you also be sure to reserve one of our luxury Big Bear cabins for your stay.  We have both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit cabins available, so you can get as close to the slopes as you wish.  We’re experts at helping families put together amazing Big Bear family vacations.  When you couple a great day of skiing with a relaxing stay at one of our luxury resort cabins, the only thing you’ll worry about is how you’re going to get the family to ever leave such fun and luxury.  But not to worry.  We’ll gladly help you book your return stay too!  You can view all our Big Bear cabin rentals at this link.

There’s also great skiing right now at Park City and Mammoth Mountain, so be sure to call us about booking a luxury vacation rental for these destinations as well.

Just give us a call at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be glad to help you book your dream vacation in one of our 5 Star vacation rentals.


More Snow Fun In Big Bear

We’re in the height of snow season, so, if you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you call us to secure your reservation right away.  January is one of our busiest months, and we hate turning guests away!  Call us at 310-780-3411, and we’ll be happy to find the ideal vacation rental cabin for your getaway.

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit

Planning a getaway for some skiing?  Great idea!  Big Bear has terrific skiing available at both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit.  The two slopes are operated in conjunction with each other, so you can ski to your heart’s content at one, and then take a quick trip over to the other.  They even offer a free shuttle service between the two.  All lift tickets work at both locations, so you can just concentrate on getting some serious skiing in.  Several of our properties are within walking distance of the slopes, so you can see how this will make for a perfect ski getaway.  Don’t worry about parking or traffic.  Walk to the slopes, use the free shuttle, and return to your luxury Five Star Vacation cabin rental at the end of the day.  At the end of that day, you  can relax on the plush sofa, close your eyes, and just listen to the crackling fire.  Life really doesn’t get much better than this.

Bear Mountain and Snow Summit limit the number of lift tickets they sell to avoid long wait times.  So be sure to make your plans early, and buy your lift tickets before you go.  Here’s the link to purchase online:

Snow Fun Off the Slopes

While most people think of the great ski slopes when they head to Big Bear for snow play, there’s a lot more to do in the snow without skis.

Big Bear Snow Play is Southern California’s premier downhill inner tube destination.  They have a covered magic carpet lift that transports you to the top of the slope without wearing you out.  For one low entry price, they’ll supply the tube, and you’ll get unlimited runs down the hill.  This is a great choice for families with small children who want to play in the snow, but don’t want to strap skis on the little ones yet.  Visit their website for more details:

The Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain offers an entirely different sort of downhill fun. You kids will get wide-eyed when they realize that you’re taking them for a wild bobsled ride down a banked, twisty hillside track.  It looks and feels almost like the downhill runs in the Olympics, and there’s really nothing like it anywhere else in Southern California.  The runs are open year-round, so even if there’s no snow during your visit, the downhill bobsled runs will be open.  You can get more information on their website:

But the best part of your Big Bear getaway will surely be the relaxing time you spend in your  luxurious cabin offered by Five Star Vacation Rentals.  We’re convinced that our Big Bear cabins are the finest quality luxury homes you’ll be able to find.  And we’re always working behind the scenes to make sure the properties are all kept in top-notch condition.  We want to make sure that your next call to us will be to book another vacation.

View our Big Bear luxury cabin rentals on this page.  We also have luxury vacation rental homes available  in Park City,Palm Springs/La QuintaSouthern California BeachesMammoth Mountain, and Villa la Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.  Each of our vacation rentals is sure to provide your family a vacation you’ll remember fondly for years to come.  Call us at 310-800-5454, and we’ll help you book your next getaway.