Run, walk, or dance into the chilly waters of Big Bear Lake on Saturday, April 2 to raise funds for Special Olympics Inland Empire. For just a minimum of $50, you can participate in the coolest event of 2022 – the Polar Plunge. Not only will you brave the cold waters, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn incentives, party with friends, and be freezin’ for a reason: to help support Special Olympics.

Ways To Participate

The Polar Plunge is a wacky, fun event and a unique way to support persons with intellectual disabilities.

Join a team or Plunge by yourself, either way you’ll join hundreds of people that are freezin’ for a reason!

  • Register as a Plunger and create a fundraising page where you can collect donations online.
  • Too chicken to plunge? You can still support the cause through donations while you keep your feet on dry land. Cheer on the plungers as you stay warm in the ‘chicken coop’.
  • Start or Join a Team – Create a team or join an existing team’s fundraising page.
  • Support a Plunger – Want to support a friend? Make a donation.
  • The more you raise, the more you can earn.

What To Expect

The Polar Plunge takes place Veteran’s Park, but there’s more than just swimming to look forward to. A Family Fun Area will include law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (weather dependent), a silent auction, raffle and more.

Costumes are not mandatory but encouraged! Brave the waters as Superman, rock out like a superstar, or dive in with a swimsuit.


  • Friday registration from 5-8 PM at Big Bear Chamber of Commerce at 630 Bartlett Rd.
  • Registration opens at Veteran’s Park (40870 Big Bear Blvd) at 10 AM on April 2.
  • Opening Ceremonies begins at 11:45 AM
  • The Plunge begins at Noon!

Family Fun

A Family Fun area will include many activities, including law enforcement and fire department displays, a rock wall (dependent on weather), a silent auction and raffle, and much more.

How Your Donation Helps

Every dollar raised through the Polar Plunge will help fund Special Olympics Inland Empire programs in

your community. Special Olympics is more than a sports organization, our athletes are twice as healthy as non-participating people with intellectual disabilities. We also offer free health screenings, nutrition and wellness programs, and leadership opportunities for our athletes. Special Olympics Health is made possible by a generous gift from Tom Golisano and Golisano Foundation.

Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

The Special Olympics Athlete’s Oath

All Special Olympics programs are free to the athletes and their families. When people with and without intellectual disabilities connect on the sports field, hearts and minds are opened and barriers are broken down.

Contact Event Coordinator Abbey Leffler at 951-703-6502.


As we have been enjoying spectacular, spring weather the last several weeks, I got to thinking how very much I love this time of year in Big Bear. It brought to mind a post of mine from several years ago at this time and I decided to share it once again. Yes, Big Bear is a beautiful wintertime destination and is what we are known for, but it is not only a wintertime destination. Enjoy!

As winter in Big Bear Lake has come to a close, I can’t help but look forward to spring and summertime in the mountains. I love the warming days and cool nights, the flowers and trees blooming, the blue skies….truly beautiful.

Big Bear Spring

One of the most surprising things to me is that most people believe that Big Bear is strictly a winter destination – no more than a ski town. I can’t even count how many guests ask me what we do up here the rest of the year. Or, when I suggested that they visit us in spring or summer, they asked “but what is there to do?”

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I guess I take it all for granted because I moved to Big Bear as a small child in 1977 with my family, but truly winter is my least favorite season in Big Bear. Don’t get me wrong, the snow is beautiful and I do enjoy skiing, but there is just so much more to do in the other months. Lake activities such as kayaking, fishing, boating and more, golfing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, the zoo, go-karts, ropes courses, climbing walls, ziplines, the alpine slide, and waterslide. The list goes on and on!! Not to mention the shopping and restaurants in The Village, art shows, wine walks, car shows, music events, theater offerings, and holiday events – including the annual Independence Day fireworks show.

While ‘June gloom’ gets you down, we are enjoying sparkling blue skies! When you are sweating it out in July, we are putting on a light sweater for our evening walks. Seriously people, it is GORGEOUS up here in the spring, summer, and fall!! And guess what? It is less expensive to enjoy Big Bear in the “off” seasons as well. Do yourself a favor and come up to explore Big Bear Lake in the warmer months. You will be amazed at our perfect weather and how much there is to do up here.


RS Vacations offers cabins of every size and location. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for your sweetheart or want to have a fun weekend with family and friends, we have what you are looking for. Do you want to bring up the boat and need a lakefront with a private dock? We can help you. Looking for something close to the National Forest to do some hiking? You’ve come to the right place! Plan to do some shopping in The Village? We have cabins within walking distance. Golfing or Mountain Biking? A whole bunch of cabins close by. We have some really great specials from time to time, so check out our packages and specials page.

Keep an eye on this blog (subscribe!!) for what’s going on and visit our website at RSVacations.net to check out our wide selection of cabins. Book your Big Bear Cabin today!! See you soon!

Happy New Year!!

El Dorado Fire Update #8
September 22, 2020 – 5:30 pm
As a result of firefighters gaining additional containment on the El Dorado Fire over the past several days, Fire incident commanders have ordered the fire advisory for the Big Bear area to be lifted effective immediately. There are currently no restrictions on travel to and from the Big Bear Valley.
Thankfully, the threat to Big Bear from the El Dorado Fire has been greatly reduced due to the dedicated work of Fire personnel over the past two weeks. The City greatly appreciates their hard work!
Unless the fire becomes more concerning to Big Bear, this will be the final update from the City of Big Bear Lake regarding the El Dorado Fire.
The City will initiate additional public communications as necessary for any future threats from the El Dorado Fire or any new emergencies impacting Big Bear Lake.
Frank A. Rush, Jr., City Manager – City of Big Bear Lake
El Dorado FireUpdate #5
September 17, 2020 – 5 pm
The City of Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley remain under a fire advisory for this weekend due to the El Dorado Fire, and visitors are still encouraged to postpone trips until after the fire threat has passed.
Although not an imminent threat to Big Bear Lake at this time, the El Dorado Fire is still a significant concern for our community. It is important for our community to be as prepared as possible IF an evacuation warning or order becomes necessary, and we are still seeking to minimize the population in the Big Bear Valley to enable a faster, more efficient evacuation IF ultimately necessary.
The El Dorado Fire has continued to burn in the same general area for the past few days, and the northern edge remains just south of SR 38, approximately 5 1/2 miles due south of Big Bear Lake. Fire personnel continue to work hard to contain the fire, and efforts are focused on preventing the fire from crossing SR 38. Thus far, their efforts have been successful, and the City greatly appreciates their diligent efforts.
The El Dorado Fire (thankfully) does not pose an imminent threat to Big Bear Lake at this time, but it remains a significant concern and we continue to closely monitor the threat to our community. City officials remain in close contact with Fire officials, and will adjust our guidance for our community if / when necessary due to changing conditions.
Much of the terrain between the El Dorado Fire and the City of Big Bear Lake is steep and rugged, and SR 38 and the Santa Ana River are key trigger points for future Fire management decisions. IF the El Dorado Fire crosses SR 38, it is possible that an evacuation warning will be issued. IF the fire crosses the Santa Ana River, it is possible that an evacuation order will be issued.
The City encourages everyone to remain vigilant, continue to monitor the fire status, and plan accordingly if the fire threat escalates.
Map Below Courtesy of ESRI US Wildfire Reports – 5 pm 9/17/2020
The City of Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley remain under a fire advisory due to the El Dorado Fire, and this advisory is intended to raise community awareness about the potential threat to our community from the El Dorado Fire.
Neither the City of Big Bear Lake nor any other communities in the Big Bear Valley are under an evacuation warning or an evacuation order at this time. Residents should continue to monitor the City’s email updates (subscribe by clicking here), the City’s website, the City’s Facebook page (City of Big Bear Lake – City Government), on Twitter (@CityofBBL), or on Instagram (citybigbearlake) for the most current information pertaining to the City of Big Bear Lake.
The next step, IF it is eventually warranted, is the issuance of a formal evacuation warning, which will direct our residents to prepare for a potential evacuation order. The purpose of the evacuation warning is to provide ample time for residents to gather important documents, medications, clothing, and pet supplies, and make other arrangements IF an evacuation order ultimately becomes necessary. IF an evacuation order is issued, residents will be advised to leave Big Bear immediately due to an imminent fire threat.
All residents are advised to closely monitor the El Dorado Fire, and take appropriate precautions based on your individual circumstances. Everyone is always under a voluntary evacuation order at all times, and if you have special needs or concerns, please make appropriate preparations based on your specific circumstances.
Be safe!
Frank A. Rush, Jr., City ManagerCity of Big Bear Lake39707 Big Bear Blvd. PO Box 10000, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315Phone: (909) 866-5831 | Fax: (909) 866-5491www.citybigbearlake.com

RS Vacations Big Bear is doing its part to help everyone stay safe and healthy.


We want you to know that we take cleaning and disinfecting seriously, and our cleaners are trained and supplied with specialty cleaning supplies that are designed to kill the virus on all surfaces. Each cabin is thoroughly cleaned and made ready just before your arrival.

Although we are still stocking our cabins with basics including paper towels and toilet paper, supplies are limited. During your stay in Big Bear please plan on bringing your own groceries, and extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. if you think you will need them. We only have 2 grocery stores and many items are out of stock – and that’s just with our local residents shopping.  Bringing your own groceries, and extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. will assure you have everything you need for a great getaway, and will save you time and frustration in the grocery store.

Here are links to the most current COVID-19 Information:

California COVID-19 Response Page

CDC Coronavirus Page

FEMA Coronavirus Response Page

Federal Government COVID-19 Page

Big Bear has a chance for a quick snow storm tonight adding to our already fantastic snow totals received so far this year! The ski resorts and snow play areas arekeep-calm-and-think-snow-5 going strong and it is the perfect time to come up and enjoy the mountains.

In addition to skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, take some time to visit The Big Bear Lake Village. Here you will find shops of all kinds as well as a variety of food and drink options. In the evening, sip some hot chocolate next to one of the outdoor fireplaces or check out some live music at one of the local nightclubs. Take a look at the flyer below to see some of the special events happening around town this weekend.

Don’t forget that Presidents Day Weekend is right around the corner so be sure to visit our website to book the perfect cabin for your mountain getaway. We have several cabins still available including homes with spas, a cabin with an absolutely fantastic game room, pet-friendly cabins, a condo at the base of Snow Summit, and more! Book your Big Bear Cabin today before they’re all gone!!

1.16.20Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com


Beautiful fall weather continues in Big Bear Lake this week with highs in the 60’s, lows in the 20’s, and lots of sunshine. Take advantage of these fantastic conditions to see the explosion of autumn colors all around the Valley. Some suggestions? Take a hike to Castle Rock, ride the chairlift at Snow Summit and mountain bike down miles of trails, take a 4 x 4 expedition through the back country, fly through the forest on a zip-line adventure, take a lake cruise and see the colors from below or take a helicopter tour and admire the beauty of the mountains from above. There is so much to do in Big Bear and this is one of the most enjoyable times of year to experience it!

The Oktoberfest continues this weekend along with many other “spooky” themed activities such as Zombie Lazer Tag, Pumpkin Smash Zipline Tours, and more! Check out the flyer below for details and head to RSVacations.net to book a cabin for your Big Bear getaway!!

Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

A beautiful, autumn weekend is in store for Big Bear Lake with seasonal high temps in the upper 50’s to low 60’s and lows in the 30’s. It will be a little breezy and exactly right for a fall weekend in Big Bear!


Willkommen to the 49th Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest! The fun continues this weekend so grab some friends and head on up for some fun, food, music and BEER!

Get a jump start on the winter season and enjoy real snow, snowboarding competition, and live music at Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails at Bear Mountain.

Come and see what these fantastic annual events are all about! RS Vacations has cabins available and we are featuring lower off-season pricing! Head over to our website and book today!!

There is still so much to do and enjoy in Big Bear! Fall is the perfect time for Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, strolls through The Village, Zip Lining, listening to live music, and so much more. The crowds have thinned, our prices have dropped and the weather is gorgeous!! Come on up!

If you are planning to join us for the holidays, be sure to book your cabin with us soon, as our calendar is starting to fill up. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the magic of the holidays in Big Bear. RS Vacations has all sizes of cabins with awesome amenities and un-matched customer service! You will not be disappointed!! Book a Big Bear Cabin today!

Weather courtesy of BensWeather.com

Hello, Fall!

RS Vacations Big Bear would like to wish you a happy fall season! Autumn is a wonderful time to visit the mountains and prices are at their lowest of the year. Find and book your perfect cabin at RSVacations.net and get away this fall!!