Big Bear CA–Helicopter Flightseeing

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Ski runs in the summer sun at Big Bear
Flightseeing above Big Bear, CA aboard Helicopter Big Bear with pilot Roy Harding. Photo: Tom Wilmer

When most people think of Southern California, the first thing that comes to mind is sprawling LA–and not 10,000 foot-tall mountains and ski resorts. But less than a two and half hour drive from the heart of Hollywood, you will find Big Bear California. The village and the base of the Big Bear ski slopes are 7,000 feet above sea level. Far from just a wintertime experience–Big Bear is a happening year round destination for SoCal natives and tourists from around the world. During the summer months, hiking, biking and lake activities are all consuming. If it’s your first time at Big Bear, a highly recommended, fun introductory activity, that will give you a true birds-eye perspective of the pine-forested mountaintop realm is to sign up for a sightseeing helicopter flight. Flights start at just $35 for a seven-minute airborne adventure—And trust me, the experience is so dramatic and thrilling it will feel like you were an hour in the air. We took to the skies with Helicopter Big Bear’s chief pilot, Roy Harding. Come along for a conversation with Roy about his operation. It’s the only airborne flightseeing company in town.

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Helicopter Big Bear ready for take off
Helicopter Big Bear a great way to get the lay of the land. Photo: Tom Wilmer