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Big Bear Lake – Alpine Slide Big Bear has accumulated so much snow this season that it earns
top honors with an A+ for a spring break getaway. Here students can escape from textbooks,
term papers and pop quizzes and do what they really want to do – play in the snow.
Big Bear has all of the components for an ideal spring break getaway, including quality snow,
mild temperatures, mostly sunny skies and an easy drive that’s close to home. Combine that
with a variety of family-fun offerings at Alpine Slide Big Bear – which includes snow tubing,
Mineshaft Coaster, Soaring Eagle zipline ride, go-karts and Alpine Slide ride – then it becomes
apparent why Big Bear’s favorite amusement area gets an A+.
“Students deserve a break from school and we offer the perfect spot where they can enjoy
some time off,” said Alpine Slide Big Bear General Manager Julie Eubanks. “We have so many
fun attractions, it’s like having all-day recess on a supersized playground!”
Big Bear is experiencing its best natural snowfall in more than 13 years. Merge that with Alpine
Slide’s snowmaking efforts and the results are stupendous! Families that seek to capture
memories this spring break are in good hands because Alpine Slide Big Bear anticipates snow
play well into April.
Its snow-tubing hill is open daily through Easter weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; depending on
snow conditions, it could extend even deeper into April. Night tubing is every Friday and
Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As a spring-break bonus, night tubing will operate every night
March 31 to April 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Mineshaft Coaster, the first and only mountain coaster in California, offers a rather unique
twist to have fun in the snow, too. This one-of-a-kind thrill ride, commonly referred to as a
mountain coaster, is the only amusement-style thrill ride in Southern California that has the
capability to operate over, around and through snowy terrain. Mineshaft Coaster is built
directly into the mountainside and stretches over one mile on a stainless-steel-tube track. The
Mineshaft Coaster has all the bells and whistles of a roller coaster, such as steep descents,
hairpin turns, tunnels, bridges and 360-degree corkscrews. What makes this ride even more
desirable is the rider actually controls the speed of the coaster cart, which can reach maximum
speeds of 30 mph.
The Soaring Eagle is a family-friendly, dual-seated zipline ride, the first and only of its kind in
California, that gives its riders the sensation of flying high above Big Bear. The exhilarating ride
gives guests of all ages an opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of Big Bear’s scenic beauty
below, before zipping back down to the base area in a flash.
Rounding off the fun activities is the Alpine Slide, which is the only authentic bobsled/luge track
in California. Experience twists and turns on the quarter-mile-long concrete track. Plus, there’s
a go-kart track, putt-putt golf, video arcade and family-priced snack bar.
Alpine Slide Big Bear, located at 800 Wildrose Lane (just off Big Bear Blvd.), is open daily from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all of its attractions. Mineshaft Coaster, The Soaring Eagle and go-karts will
also remain open at night during spring break extended hours.
For height requirements, pricing for each attraction and general information please visit
AlpineSlideBigBear.com or call (909) 866-4626.