Hit the Slopes: Snow Play Adventures Abound Near the Bay Area

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It’s no secret that the best snow-filled days are spent out on the slopes or sledding down a giant hill with family and friends. The best part is, whether you’re an avid skier or if snow tubing is more your vibe, the closest snow to the Bay Area is just a drive away. Dust off those winter coats, put on your leg warmers and get your snow play on at one of these tubing and sledding hills near the Bay Area!

Palisades Tahoe, Tahoe

New Name Alert! Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is now Palisades Tahoe. Located in Olympic Valley,  their SnoVentures Activity Zone provides fun for the whole family. Online reservations are recommended and a face mask with two or more layers is required of all participants. Ikon Pass holders receive free snow tubing every Tuesday.
Cost: $42/weekday, $49/weekend or holiday
Dates: Offered daily beginning Friday, December 17
Online: palisadestahoe.com

Disco Tubing: In addition to traditional snow tubing, Palisades Tahoe offers Disco Tubing complete with colorful LED lights, lasers and live DJs for the ultimate disco tubing experience. Reservations are required, though guests do not have to be a season pass holder to access this activity. New this year is a nighttime tubing series called Friday Night Lights. 
Cost: $59
Dates: Begins Saturday, December 18 from 5pm-8pm, daily December 26-31, then every Saturday through March 27, 2021
Online: palisadestahoe.com

1960 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley, CA 

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Granlibakken, Tahoe

Operating since 1920, Granlibakken's popular 300-foot sledding hill is perfect for a day's worth of slopes. Bring the kids for their first sledding experience or sign them up for skiing and snowboarding lessons. Additional Fun: The $5 s'more kits are a hit with the littles to enjoy around the fire pits.

COVID-19 precautions: Sledding sessions are 1 1/2 hours with 30 minutes between sessions to clear the hill. Tickets must be purchased online. Masks are required and distancing protocols are in place. 

Cost: $20-25/person for a full day pass. Free for children under 3 and 50% off for lodging guests.
Open: Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Mon. and daily during holiday periods, mid-December through March.

725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 
Online: granlibakken.com

Adventure Mountain, South Lake Tahoe

Nestled on over 40 acres at the top of Echo Summit, Adventure Mountain is South Lake Tahoe's main stop for sledding, tubing and snow fun. It is family owned and operated, offering up to 15 machine-groomed sledding runs and plenty of space for snow play. Be sure to stop by the lodge for some hot cocoa by the fire. You may buy, rent or bring your own equipment. Helmets are encouraged.
Cost: Day use entry fee: $40 midweek, $45 weekend and $50 holidays
Open: Weekdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., weekends and holidays 9 a.m.-3:30p.m., final entry 3p.m., December through April, weather and snow permitting

Nebelhorn, Hwy 50, Echo Summit
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Online: adventuremountaintahoe.com

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Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, Tahoe City

Outdoor fun awaits at this family-friendly sledding hill located adjacent to Lake Tahoe. Disc rental is included with your reservation, but no outside sleds allowed. Reservations are required and limited walk-ups will be permitted. In addition to the sledding hill, there's an outdoor ice skating rink and you can rent snowshoes.

Cost: $15/resident, $5/non-resident
Open: Nov. 26-Jan. 3

251 N. Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA
Online: tcpud.org

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Hansen's Resort, South Lake Tahoe

Hansen's Resort is home to a super-fun sledding and tubing hill. The snow tube run is about 400 feet long and great for all ages. Check the website to find out current snow conditions. Snow tubing sessions are an hour long.

Cost: $30/hour ages 5 and up, 4 and under free with paying adult

1360 Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Online: hansensresort.com

Other Sledding Hills in Lake Tahoe

Check out these other sledding hills if you are in the Lake Tahoe area: 

  • Mt. Rose Sledding Hill
  • Donner Summit Sno-Park
  • North Tahoe Regional Park
  • Spooner Summit Public Sledding

You can find more information about these sledding hills here

Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company

Spicer Sno Parks, Bear Valley

Within four miles of Bear Valley there are three parking locations where you can find nice slopes to get your tubing fix. Lake Alpine Sno-Park is the pick of the bunch with some long, fast runs. Aside from some non-flush toilets there aren’t many amenities so pack a lunch and some warming drinks.
Cost: Passes are $5/day or $25/season pass plus a service fee of $1.95. Sno Park passes can be purchased online
Open: Hours are dependent on natural snowfall. Check the website for days and times.

South side of Highway 4 at Spicer Road
Bear Valley, CA 
Online: gocalaveras.com/spicer-sno-park

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Tamarack Sno-Park near Shaver Lake

Tamarack Sno-Park is located between Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake, about a 3.5-hour drive from the Bay Area. You'll need to purchase a parking permit before you arrive, which you can get here

Online: ohv.parks.ca.gov

Soda Springs Mountain Resort

Soda Springs Mountain Resort, Soda Springs

The Soda Spring Mountain Resort is home to Tube Town, a huge tubing area with up to 20 lanes and a 400-foot surface lift to get you back to the top! The resort also caters specifically to kids with an area called Planet Kids—a playground that contains tubing carousels, tubing lanes, ski and snowboard learning areas and snow volcanoes to climb.

Cost: Tickets are required for parents and children for the Planet Kids Zone. Check their website for 2021 updates and pricing as rates vary per day.

10244 Soda Springs Rd.
Soda Springs, CA 

Onlineskisodasprings.com

Management & Guests of Leland High Sierra Snowplay Inc.

Leland Snowplay, Strawberry

A snow hill set in the Sierra Mountains provides a deluxe environment for tubing. Four small lanes are reserved for the littler kids to enjoy and gentle lifts guide you to the top of the hills. Tired of tubing? There are also separate play areas for snowman making, playing in snow castles and a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Added Bonus: You can warm up and grab a bite to eat at the lodge featuring indoor and outdoor dining areas and a snack bar.

Cost: All mountain (child must be taller than 44 inches) all-day pass $29-$43, Lower mountain (must be smaller than 44 inches) all-day pass $21-$24.

Open: Regular winter hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays. 

34033 Leland Meadow Rd,
Strawberry, CA

Online: snowplay.com

Northstar

Northstar, Truckee

The mountains are calling. Visitors to the Northstar California Tubing Hill in North Lake Tahoe, can enjoy an exciting ride down a 200-yard hill. Take the tow lift to the top of the hill and do it all again, either one at a time or in daisy chains with your family. Need a rest? Take in a local tour of North Lake Tahoe or even do some nearby shopping.

CostWeather and snow conditions permitting tubing tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis only and are available for purchase at the Tickets & Season Pass Office in the Village at Northstar. Call the office for current rates.

5001 Northstar Dr,
Truckee, CA 

Onlinenorthstarcalifornia.com

Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite

Tenaya’s sledding and tubing hill is set in the world famous Yosemite National Park in a gorgeous forest setting. There are two sledding hills, a big one for all and a kiddie one--both are complimentary to guests of the resort. You can rent sledding discs for $15 for half day and $25 for a full day. Want more fun? Teyana also offers a guided snowshoe hike, ice skating and archery sessions.

Cost: $17/person for two hours, free for lodge guests. Tubing tickets available on first come, first served basis.
Open: Hours are dependent on natural snowfall. Check the website for dates and times.

1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 

Online: tenayalodge.com

—TaLeiza Calloway-Appleton & Kate Loweth

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