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The skiing opportunities in Big Bear may not be able to compete with the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but it’s all about location—specifically that this location is within a two hour drive of both Los Angeles and Palm Springs. But there are more things to do in Big Bear than winter sports. Indeed, the mountain region’s focal point, Big Bear Lake, is perfect for a summer dip, and the many hiking, biking and kayak routes lend themselves to Southern California’s lengthy warm-weather seasons. So rent a cozy cabin, take a stroll through Pine Knot Village and tackle these 12 things to do in Big Bear.
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