‘Tis the season to plan your next snow day adventure! Whether you’re an avid skier or sledding is more your speed, the closest snow to the Bay Area is just a few hours away. Pack up the car (once the stay-at-home order is lifted) and get your snow play on at one of the tubing and sledding hills near the Bay Area. It’s going to be epic!

photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Tahoe

Located at the base of Squaw Valley in the SnoVentures Activity Zone, this activity is fun for the whole family to enjoy. 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: Begins Friday, December 18 and is offered daily

Online: squawalpine.com

Disco Tubing: In addition to traditional snow tubing, Squaw Valley is offering Disco Tubing for 2020/2021. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is bringing SnoVentures Activity Zone to life 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. A face mask with two ore more layers is required of all participants.

Cost: $59

Dates: Begins this Saturday, December 19 from 5pm-8pm, daily December 26-31, then every Saturday through March 6, 2021

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
1960 Squaw Valley Rd.
Olympic Valley, CA 

photo: Nella DuBon-Koch

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. Visit Rusty's Kitchen to refuel on tasty taqueria options, warm beverages, snacks and more. 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.

Granlibakken Tahoe
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: $35 midweek, $40 weekend and $45 holidays

Open: Weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekends and holidays 9 a.m.-4 p.m., final entry 3:30 p.m., December through April, weather and snow permitting

Nebelhorn, Hwy 50, Echo Summit
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 659-7217
Online: adventuremountaintahoe.com

Tahoe City Winter Sports Park, Tahoe City

This family-friendly sledding hill is located just adjacent to Lake Tahoe. Disc rental is included with your reservation, no outside sleds allowed. This year they are requiring reservations and no walk-ups are allowed. Each session runs 1.25 hours. In addition to the sledding hill, there's an outdoor ice skating rink and you can rent snowshoes. 

Cost: $12/resident, $5/non-resident

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

photo: iStock

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

photo: 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 are no 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 
209-795-1381
Online: gocalaveras.com/spicer-sno-park

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

photo: 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: 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.

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

photo: 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. After a day's sledding you can warm and feed up at the lodge which features indoor and outdoor dining areas and a snack bar.

Cost: All mountain (child must be taller than 44 inches) all-day pass $27-43, Lower mountain (must be smaller than 44 inches) all-day pass $21-24.

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

34033 Leland Meadow Rd,
Strawberry, CA
209-965-4719
Online: snowplay.com

Not Currently Open for 2020/2021

photo: Northstar

Northstar, Truckee

Editor's Note: Closed for the 2020/2021 season. 

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.

CostWeather and snow conditions permitting: first hour $43. Additional hours $32. 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.

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

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

photo: Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite

Editor's Note: Temporarily closed due to stay-at-home order. Check back for updates. 

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 at $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.

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.

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

—Kate Loweth, Nella DuBon-Koch and Martin Spierings

 

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