Big Bear 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular – July 2-4


How do you spend your 4th of July? Have you ever considered spending it in the mountains? Big Bear has a spectacular Fireworks show that is shot from a barge near the center of the lake and is visible nearly everywhere in the Big Bear Lake Valley with some great ways to watch. Please keep in mind that tickets are limited so buy your tickets early. Attendees are also reminded that no ice chests will be permitted in the viewing area and no outside alcohol, no outside food, and no pets please. There will be a security check at the entrance.

Ways To Watch The Fireworks

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  • Take the Scenic Sky Chair to the top of Snow Summit and look down from “Above the Boom” (limited tickets/capacity available – so best to purchase tickets in advance) while enjoying a fully catered Southern-Style BBQ dinner, live music and free activities like facing painting, and bounce houses for the kids.
  • Rent a boat at one of the several marinas on the lake. This is a great way to see everything in a relaxing environment.
  • Watch from Captain John’s on the beach with live Reggae music. It’s Rasta Mon!
  • On the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel Tour Boat.
  • Watch at the annual Rotary Club Big Bear Lake Fourth of July Lakefront Fireworks and BBQ at the Marina Resort on Lakeview Drive with food and live entertainment. You will make new friends and new memories!

This years festivities will span the entire long weekend with live music (including classic rock acts like Ted Nugent) and events for kids of all ages.

What Time Are The Fireworks?

Fireworks start at 8:45 p.m. on July 4th
No personal fireworks allowed in mountain communities.

Get the whole schedule here and buy tickets here. You can also look at a designated map of parking areas here.

North Pole Tubing Park At Mountain High Resort

Do you love the snow but aren’t a skier or snowboarder? Then perhaps tubing is the thing for you! The North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High Resort is the closest facility for snow tubing in Southern California with up to ten lanes when fully open, two moving carpets and custom tubes.

Just beware that Children under 36 inches tall are not permitted for safety reasons. So if you are a family with little ones just be aware of that little golden rule and also heed the other rule that children 36 to 42 inches must accompany a parent in a separate tube.

What are the hours?

Traditional Operating Hours

8:30am – 5:00pm weekends and holidays through mid-March.

How much does Tubing Cost?

8:30AM – 10:00AM $20
10:15AM – 12:15PM $25
12:30PM – 2:30PM $25
2:45PM – 4:45PM $25

  • 36-42 Inches w/ paying adult: $15
  • Tubes are included in the ticket price.
  • Children 36 to 42 inches must accompany a parent in a separate tube.
  • Children under 36 inches tall are not permitted for safety reasons.


Tips For Tubing

  • Wear water-resistant, layered clothing that can be added or removed as the weather changes.  That includes warm gloves and a hat or beanie.
  • Wear protective sunscreen and UV-certified sunglasses even on overcast days since ultraviolet rays can penetrate the cloud cover.
  • Bring a change of clothes  in the car in case you want to change.
  • Tickets can not be purchased in advanced so arrive early to prevent the off chance that they are sold out.

Should you forget any of these important items, the Mountain High Sport Shops, located at both resorts and in the town of Wrightwood, carry the latest in clothing and equipment for winter enthusiasts.

Do I need to fill out a waiver?

You sure do. Click here to download a copy in advance.

To learn More About Mountain High Skiing and Snowboarding click on the photo below.

Family Guide To Skiing and Snowboarding At Mountain High



Spending time together as a family reaps major benefits in addition to creating happy memories.  If there is one thing I have learned as a mom these past 14 years, it’s that spending individual time with each child doing something active and trying new things can really strengthen the maternal bond.

So what does a mom do to make some epic memories? Go skiing for the very first time with my teen! Yup, I am a 40 year old mom who has never been skiing in her entire life and neither have my kids. The thing is, I really have no excuse. We live in Southern California and snow is a rare occurrence, however, we only live a couple hours from the mountains so snow is easily accessible.

Mountain High resort in Wrightwood, CA is located just 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Orange County so we chose to go there for our first time. The Resort consists of three separate mountains: West Resort, East Resort and North Resort. Mountain High offers a wide variety of lifts and trails, a world-class terrain park, an outstanding winter sports school and the region’s largest tubing area. Night skiing and snowboarding are available seven nights-a-week during peak season and snowmaking covers more than 80 percent of the slopes. Mountain High traditionally operates from mid-November to mid-April.

Tips on Driving To Mountain High


  • Chains are rarely needed on the way to Mountain High, especially if you have a car with AWD, however, this week Mountain High saw the season’s largest storm which dropped up to 17 inches of snow turning Mountain High into a winter wonderland almost overnight. Always bring chains just in case. We brought them and did not need them.
  • Arrive Early! Plan to arrive early (between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. is best), as the parking lot at the West Resort fills up quickly on snowy weekends. If you arrive later and the parking lot is full, overflow parking is available on State Highway 2.
  • Carry an ice scraper or commercial de-icer, a broom for brushing snow off your car, a shovel to free your car if it’s “snowed in”, sand or burlap for traction if your wheels should become mired in snow and an old towel to clean your hands.
  • Check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures. Also, let your car warm up for 10-15 minutes before leaving. You may want to add special solvent to your windshield washer reservoir to prevent icing. Also, stand your wipers up for the day. Lifting wipers away from the windshield means they won’t freeze to the glass.

Rental Equipment VS. Own Equipment

Rent or own is the question of many visitors. Mountain High has a full selection of top-of-the-line equipment tuned to the highest standards.  They also have one of the largest rental fleets in the region meaning  they have the skis and snowboards that are just right for you! A $400 credit card deposit is required on all ski and snowboard rentals. 

As a first time skiier I obviously did not own any equipment so we used Mountain High’s equipment. The rental process is smooth and seamless but you should familiarize yourself ahead of time with how to put on skiis/snowboards. It will save you a lot of frustration as I struggled a bit throughout the day.

As for snow clothing, I high recommend you invest in some super warm and waterproof gloves. Your fingers will thank you. Goggles and a helmet are also extremely important. Just because there is powdered snow does not mean you can’t injure yourself or your skull. Trees, poles and other skiiers are obstacles and you should always protect yourself.

To see rental prices click here.


Lessons At Mountain High

Lessons are available seven days-a-week at the West Resort and on weekends & holidays at the East Resort. If you plan to take a lesson, it is best to park at the same area.  At the West Resort, students meet beneath the Bullwheel Bar & Grill and, at the East Resort, directly across from the ticket windows.  They really appreciate it if you arrive at the Meeting Area 15 minutes prior to your lesson. Here are the prices for adult and child lesson prices.

My son and I took a beginning lesson together and laughed more than I think we ever have in our entire lives. I must have fallen what felt like a dozen times while my son blew everyone away with his natural ability to catch on. This was by far one of the best bonding experiences we have had together. Just him and I and the snow. I can say that after 90 minutes of instruction I felt like I was confident enough to ski down a hill. And I did. But not very gracefully. Oh well, I got up and tried again and even though I looked like a fool I had a great time. My son talked about how much fun he had all night when we got home and when he woke up the next morning he had already planned another trip back with his friends.

Snow boarding looked like a total blast too!  We even saw little 3 and 4 year old shredding on snowboards. It was the cutest thing ever!

Another fun way to bond with your teenager is to have a snowball fight! Of course we could have built your average snow man but why would we do that when we throw snow at each other like a bunch of hooligans?


Places To Eat At Mountain High


For On-Mountain Dining, The east resort has the Grand View Bistro at its summit plus the Angeles Crest Cafe and Gold Rush Grill at the base. The Bullwheel Grill, located just above the west base area, has the best food at the resort. Plus you’ll find delicious burgers and mouthwatering chicken sandwiches at the Big Pines Barbeque at West and The North Pole Grill at North.

Kids will enjoy delicious hamburgers, french fries, chili bowls, sandwiches and more!

After a cold day of skiing and snowboarding you can also warm up with some hot chocolate or grab a cocktail or a beer! I was super excited to see my favorite Jack Daniels covered in snow.

What does a typical Day At Mountain High Look Like?

Just watch our video!

Ski Free On Your Birthday

Celebrate your birthday at Mountain High! Receive either a FREE lift ticket or a FREE tubing ticket on your actual birthday just by showing a valid photo I.D. Ticket is nontransferable and cake is not included.

Complete this Complimentary Ticket Release and present it at the ticket windows to redeem your complimentary ticket.

Discounts and Deals

Winter sports can be expensive, especially if you are a bigger family like us (5) so Mountain High has a bring a friend for fun package for just $119.


The BFF package includes:

  1. 8-Hour Lift ticket for you. ($74 Value)
  2. Half Day First Timer Package for a friend. ($99 value)

Includes a 1 Hr &45 minute lesson, rentals, and an 8-Hour “Lower Mountain” lift ticket.  Ages 13 & up. Lessons at 10am or 1pm.

$173 value for just $119.  You save 30%!  Both ticket and lesson must be used the same day.  Valid any day, non-holiday.  Not valid November 26-29, December 17-31, 2016.  January 1-8, 14-16, February 18-20, 2017.


Stay connected with all the action at Mountain High by visiting, calling 888-754-7878 or following on Twitter @mthigh.

Learn about the North Pole Tubing Park in Wrightwood by clicking here.







Winner will receive 2 adult and 2 child lift tickets for any day of their choice. **Please note that restrictions may apply.

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See Penguins In Paradise At Hyatt Regency Maui


See Penguins In Paradise At Hyatt Regency Maui

In celebration of Penguin Awareness Day, Hyatt Regency Maui will be honoring it’s seven African Black-Footed Penguins On Friday, January 20, 2017. This species of penguin is listed on the IUCN red list of endangered species due to a combination of threats they face in the wild, however they have successfully reproduced and reared six of the seven current penguins right on property at Hyatt Regency Maui.

Guests can learn more about these captivating creatures, including its eldest penguin Oreo, who is 32 years old, and twin penguins Mai and Tai. Following the penguin feeding, guests are invited to partake in penguin cookie decorating, take pictures with the resort’s penguin mascot, capture a moment at the photo booth, and watch as the seven playful penguins eat, swim and waddle around. Penguin lovers can join the fun by following on social media and sharing their penguin photos at #PenguinInParadise.

 Special Penguin Feeding

Who wouldn’t want to see cute little birds dressed up in a tuxedo get fed? I know I would!!! Fortunately the Hyatt Regency Maui invites guests to a special penguin feeding at 9:30 a.m. that will take place in the Atrium Lobby at the penguin habitat. Guests can learn more about these captivating creatures, including its eldest penguin Oreo, who is 32 years old, and twin penguins Mai and Tai. Following the penguin feeding, guests are invited to partake in penguin cookie decorating, take pictures with the resort’s penguin mascot, capture a moment at the photo booth, and watch as the seven playful penguins eat, swim and waddle around. Penguin lovers can join the fun by following on social media and sharing their penguin photos at #PenguinInParadise.


Atrium Lobby Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive Lahaina, HI 96761

For more information about Hyatt Regency Maui’s African Black-Footed Penguins and Penguin Awareness Day, please contact 808.661.1234 or visit


The Perfect Itinerary to Experience Mammoth Sized Adventures in Mammoth Lakes

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Can you believe there is less than a month before school starts back up?  Are you Looking for somewhere to unwind before the fun is over? Perhaps at a place where you can maximize your family vacation?

Look no further, because the travel experts at Natural Retreats have created the perfect itinerary for you to experience Mammoth Sized Adventures in Mammoth Lakes! Explore the hidden wonders of the west while enjoying the simple pleasures that California has to offer.

Bonus: Their collection of handpicked homes in Mammoth Lakes are perfect for large groups of people so the more the merrier!


Devils Postpile National Monument

Sightsee at Devils Postpile National Monument and uncover the tidy lumber pile created by giants! This pile of 60-foot basalt columns is a unique sight you are yet to forget! Check out this unique formation of this National Historic Monument that began a little less than 100,000 years ago, filling the depths of the valley to 400 feet.

Take advantage of this incredible monument and experience the viewing from a bird’s eye view and challenge yourself to a short but steep trail to the top and chill out and unwind to the Rainbow Falls.

Mammoth Lakes Basin

Tired of exhausting yourself on those hiking trails?

Take an afternoon and unwind at the Mammoth Lakes Basin! If you’re feeling like mixing up your afternoon activities and you’re looking for a time of solidarity, visitors are encouraged to take a boat out on the lake and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Pack your fishing rods and bathing suits and enjoy some time in the sun liaising on a kayak or canoe and check out all the hidden swimming areas around the lake!

Insider tip: please note the signs in certain areas of Horseshoe warning visitors about areas of highly concentrated carbon dioxide gas in the soil. Swimming destinations in these areas are not permitted.

Weekend Festivals, Events and Unique Movie Screenings

Want to unwind this summer and enjoy your weekends kicking back with a glass of wine? Catch a unique movie screening or experience a world-renowned food and wine experience!

This summer, Mammoth Lakes brings a festival or event nearly every weekend, available for a variety of taste interests!

Catch a movie screening at the Annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival or soak up the sounds at Chamber Music Unbound whilst enjoying a delicious cuisine from world-renowned chefs complemented by some craft beer and live music at the Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

The Mammoth Village Fest has been recognized as the “World’s Highest Rib Cook-off”. So get yourself involved this summer and take advantage of a free three-day event at The Village at Mammoth and indulge in authentic dishes from local restaurants competing for the title of Best Ribs, chili and chicken. Accompanied by world-class musicians, an art walk and a beer and wine garden, this is a festival you won’t want to miss!

Summer Recreational Activities

Fly fishing in Mammoth Lakes ($205 Per Person!)

Cast your fishing road this summer or winter in the Eastern Sierras!

What better way to enjoy your weekends than kicking back with your fishing rod overlooking the crystal clear waters of Convict Lake!?

Stocked with Rainbow, Brook, and Brown trout throughout the summer season, the Mammoth Lakes Basin is a great place to come with a prize catch! Feel free to explore other options and discover the June Lake Look that encompasses four lakes! The Xplore team are happy to connect you with one of the many area outfitters who will provide equipment or guides!

Mountain biking in Mammoth Lakes ($17 Per Person!)

Conquer over 80 miles of singletrack and a summit that reaches more than 11, 000 feet at Mammoth Lakes!

Between the beginner-friendly Discovery Zone, the endless singletrack cross country trails, and the gravity-fed trails of the Derailed Zone, the Mammoth Bike Park is a dream of a mountain bike destination for a wide range of skill levels. For those that want to explore their rebellious side, get some airtime on The Bus Stop techno rock and pull some G’s through the Monolith pipeline! Or alternatively, take a quiet tour through the Eastern Sierras.

Kayaking & SUP Boarding in Mammoth Lakes ($25 Per Person!)

What’s more satisfying than paddling your way through one of America’s greatest Western wonders?

Explore the incredible Mono Lake, often described as one of the most other worldly landscapes in the U.S! Discover its rich ecosystem of both water-dwelling creatures and birds and discover your inner-explorer!

For those that want to kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery you can float your way past the sandy beach of Horseshoe Lake and soak in the fascinating tree snags that line the shore. For any internal inquiries about this activity please ask the Xplore Team and they will be sure to connect you with outfitters who can provide you with all the necessary equipment for your water excursion!


Eager to see what’s on for a night on the town?

For the family that loves a good laid back, family-friendly dining area, Mammoth Tavern is the place to be! Enjoy a widespread selection of cuisines amongst a lofty atmosphere with fantastic mountain views and happy hour for all of those cocktail lovers!

For the couple that enjoy a glass of red and some fine dining – look no further! The Lakefront Restaurant offers a romantic dining scene overlooking widespread views of the lake to compliment any meal!

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