ALPINE SLIDE BIG BEAR–Fun for all seasons at Alpine Slide Big Bear! Ride signature bobsleds that you control–which never need snow–down two quarter-mile long tracks filled with banked turns and long straightaways. Summer sees refreshing fun on the double water slide, two flumes filled with cascading water, and in winter there’s tubing fun on the snowplay hill. And enjoy Putt `N Around go-karts and miniature golf all year long! Time for a break? Head inside the recently expanded lodge for family priced snack bar and video games.
800 Wildrose Ln. • Big Bear Lake, CA (909) 866-4626 www.alpineslidebigbear.com
Fast Times at Alpine Slide!
There’s the recently-refurbished double water slide with brilliant blue gel coat. Blue nonslip sidewalk. And of course the neverending blue Big Bear sky that’s always high above.
Chase away the blues with a day of play at Alpine Slide. The double water slide is sliding as good as new or even better after gel coat was applied by Teca Aquatics, same company that works on water parks around the country including Raging Waters in San Dimas. Both of the flumes have new dark blue surfaces allowing the cool, cascading water to flow with less resistance, making for great rides down long straightaways and a myriad of turns. And guests notice.
“I’ve ridden it and it’s nice,” said Alpine Slide’s Scott Voigt. “It’s smooth as can be which makes for faster sliding.” He would know, having literally grown up at Big Bear’s favorite recreation area on the water slide.
Flume #1 is considered the slower of the two, with a more gentle descent at the beginning but a series of sharp turns at the bottom that really whip riders around. Flume #2 on slider’s right drops quickly at the onset of the ride and takes riders through a series of gyrating turns. Both rides end at the bottom by splashing sliders into the solar heated pool.
Water slide rides are inexpensive—just $15 for an all day pass, 10 rides for $10, or two bucks each. Going to be around for a few days or coming back later in Big Bear Summer? Season passes are just $49 valid Sunday through Friday or $69 anytime. A great way to beat the heat, and parents who don’t want to play don’t have to pay to get in, unlike the soaking they get at other water parks. Spread a blanket out on the grass or take a seat on one of the two outdoor decks and soak up rays while the kids play.
For more fast times at Alpine Slide, try the signature bobsled ride of the same name. Experience many of the same gravitational forces Olympic bobsledders feel while navigating sleds you control through high banked turns and long straightaways.
Each sled sports teflon runners and ball-bearing wheels so it glides down the two quarter-mile long cement tracks as effortlessly as if the course was made out of snow and ice.
First-time youngsters and cautious parents can apply a little brake to slow down and creep down the hill at a controlled pace—one track is designated for slower sledding. There isn’t an amusement park ride around on which riders have this much control, which is why the Alpine Slide is truly suited to all ages and ability levels. Unlike amusement park rides, skill counts on Alpine Slide and people get better the more they ride.
Alpine Slide is also home to Putt `N Around go-karts and 18-hole miniature golf course, filled with water hazards, breaking greens and “sand traps.” Go-karts feature 5.5 horsepower Honda motors and a slew of safety features like professional three-point restraint systems similar to those found in race cars, rack and pinion steering well-suited to negotiating the track’s tight twists and banked turn, even roll bars.