Tubing and sledding are great ways to introduce your children to adventuring in the snow. While you will need to get an early start from the Bay Area it is possible to make a day of it in one of these five great mountain locations. Make sure you check the forecast and location websites before heading out as availability is often dependent on snow and weather conditions. 

photo: Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite

Tenaya’s sledding and tubing hill is set in the world famous Yosemite park in a gorgeous forest setting. The sledding hills, both a big hill and a kiddie one, are complementary to guests of the resort. You can rent sledding discs, if you don’t have your own, $15 for half day and $25 for a full day. If you want to do more than just tubing and sledding, the Ultimate Winter Fun Pass offers a variety of stimulating activities including a guided snowshoe hike, ice skating and archery sessions.

The Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 
559-692-8985
Online: tenayalodge.com

Cost: $15/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 days and times.

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photo: Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company

Spicer Sno Parks

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. You will have to come prepared as aside some non-flush toilets there are no amenities so pack a lunch and some warming drinks.

South side of Highway 4 at Spicer Road
Bear Valley, CA 
209-795-1381
Online: gocalaveras.com/spicer-sno-park

Cost: Passes are $5/day or $25/season pass plus a service fee of $1.95. Sno Park passes can be purchased online at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov

Open: Hours are dependent on natural snowfall. Check the website for days and times.

photo: Soda Springs Mountain Resort

Soda Springs Mountain Resort

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.

10244 Soda Springs Rd.
Soda Springs, CA 
530-426-3901

Onlineskisodasprings.com

Cost: For the Planet Kids Zone, you get one parent in free to the area with purchase of a child’s ticket. Tickets can be bought online and vary between $10-$50 depending on the day.

photo: Northstar

Northstar

Visitors to the Northstar California Tubing Hill, located 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. If you exhaust the kids early on the hill there’s tons to do in surrounding North Lake Tahoe from tours to exhibits to shopping.

5001 Northstar Dr,
Truckee, CA 
530-562-2267
Onlinenorthstarcalifornia.com

CostWeather & snow conditions permitting: First Hour $43. Additional Hours $32. Tubing tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only and are available for purchase at the Tickets & Season Pass Office in the Village at Northstar.

Open: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends and holidays, Noon-4 p.m. other days

photo: Management & Guests of Leland High Sierra Snowplay Inc.

Leland Snowplay

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. After a days sledding you can warm and feed up at the lodge which features indoor and outdoor dining areas and a snack bar.

34033 Leland Meadow Rd,
Strawberry, CA
209-965-4719

Online: snowplay.com

Cost: All Mountain (child must be taller than 44 inches) All Day Pass $31, Lower Mountain (must be smaller than 44 inches) All Day Pass $19.

Open: Regular Winter Hours: 10am to 5pm

Where do you take the kids to hit the sledding and tubing slopes? Let us know below!

—Martin Spierings