There’s no better place to go to ski when you are in southern California for a day trip! You can easily get to Big Bear Mountain from San Diego in 2-3 hours depending on traffic. My suggestion is to leave early! You want to beat the crowds to the slopes. You can either get a half day or full day pass. On my last trip, we left a little later in the morning and arrived in about 2.5 hours around noon. We opted for the half day pass which gave us until 4pm to ski. The mountain has several runs to choose from in varying difficulties. There is also a sledding area off to the side for those who choose not to ski. Our ski rentals were about $35 and our lift ticket was around $45. The prices of course ride on holiday weekends.