There are several great places to go sledding around the Tahoe area. Some of these slippery slopes are located at various ski resorts like Tahoe Donner, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and at the top of the Heavenly Gondola area. These sled parks are maintained and groomed and some have sled lifts back to the top of the run. The cost of these areas range from about $10-$30 an hour with specials for half-day passes.
There are also some free areas to go sledding around Tahoe. However, these areas are not maintained and the quality of the snow may not be as good. You will also have to watch out for trees and other people sledding.
PAID PLACES TO GO SLEDDING AND TUBING AROUND LAKE TAHOE
The two lane tubing hill at Kirkwood is fairly gentle allowing kids 2 and up who can ride independantly and hold on to the ropes for their tube to enjoy the hill. It’s serviced by a rope tow. No personal equipment allowed at Kirkwood. Fee includes tube rental.
$14/for one hour, $20/all day
One of the few places that offer night tubing in addition to day time tubing. Special features include moving carpet, groomed tubing lanes, and quality tubes. No private sleds or tubes allowed.
$25/2 hrs (over 42″Tall), $15/2 hrs (under 42″ Tall – mini tubing)
Soda Springs Winter Resort
Soda Springs has a 6 lane tubing hill serviced by a 390′ magic carpet. You must be at least 42″ tall to ride the tubing hill. Fee includes tube rental. No personal equipment is allowed. Access to the Tubing Hill is included with lift tickets or can be purchased separately. For little ones under 8, there is a separate tubing Planet Kids area that has an age appropriate tubing hill serviced by a mini magic carpet as well as a tube carousel. Access to Planet Kids also includes a learning area for beginner skiiers and snowboarders.
Tubing Hill – $25/person (all day), Planet Kids – $25/child under 8 (all day)
Although Tahoe Donner is a member community, their facilities are open to the public for a fee. There is a groomed sledding hill that is open to any age and a 2 lane tubing hill that you must be over 36″ to ride. No tow ropes or lift avaialble. Sleds and tubes are provided by Tahoe Donner. No provide equipment allowed.
Adults: $14, Kids 4-12: $7, Under 3: Free (these are public rates)
The Squaw Tubing Hill has 2 lanes. Tickets often sell out on weekends. Must be 4 and up to ride the tubing hill.
$16/hour (any age)
The Tubing Hill at Northstar has 2 groomed runs. Tubes and riders are transported by tow lift to the top of the hill and tubers can slide down one at a time or in daisy chains. Saucers and/or sleds are not permitted in the Tubing Area. Must be at least 35″ to tube and be able to ride independently and hold one to handles.
$21-23/hour, $12-14/additional hour (any age and includes tube rental)
Granlibakken Ski Area
Granlibaken has a machine groomed snow play area. Fee includes saucer rental. No tubes, tobaggans or metal sleds are allowed.
$10/person (includes saucer rental – all day)
Heavenly Ski Resort
The Heavenly Tubing Hill has 5 lanes that travel over 500′ with a 65′ vertical drop. It’s serviced by an enclosed magic carpet lift. Fee includes tube rental and no private tubes are allowed. The tubing hill is located at Advetnure Peak which can only be accessed via ski runs or the Heavenly Gondola. Prices of Gondola Ride is not included in the Tubing Fee. Must be 40″ to ride. For younger kids, you can rent a sled at Adventure Peak and and enjoy the gentle sledding hill which isn’t serviced by a tow rope or lift.
Tubing – $30/hour (any age), Sledding – $10
This 2 lane tubing run has high banks and turns for a thrilling 400 ft ride. No rope tow or magic carpet, but a stairway leads you back up to the top of the run.
$10/hour, 4 and under free
The two lift-accessible tubing lanes have a start deck for easy take-off and a gentle run-out that will allow a comfortable stop. Tubing fee also gives you access to the Blizzard Mountain Snowplay area complete with firepits, s’mores and snowplay toys. Any age can tube, but kids under 44″ must ride with an adult.
$30/2 hours (any age)
FREE PLACES TO GO SLEDDING AND TUBING AROUND LAKE TAHOE
North Lake Tahoe
Hwy 89 South, just past the Truckee River and the Y.
Mellow slope with parking across the street.
North Tahoe Regional Park
At the end of National Ave., North Lake Tahoe, CA
Hill for sleds, saucers, tubes, etc. with a $5.00 day use fee.
Mt. Rose Highway
Location: Mt. Rose Highway (Hwy. 431). Undeveloped area 8 miles up.
Top of Mount Rose Highway
In the open snowfields of Tahoe Meadows.
South Lake Tahoe
Heavenly California Lodge
Location: above the Heavenly parking lot just off Keller Road.
The slope is mellow and perfect for young kids who might have a hard time climbing a big hill
Highway 50 at the Airport
Just across the street from the airport is some open land with good sledding hills of varying speeds. Parking can be difficult.
Hwy 28, just off of Hwy 50 (about 9 miles south of Incline Village). Steep and fast runs with trees.
Between Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade (207) where they meet. The hills on the far side of the ball fields are great for sledding. Parking is free and plentiful.
Half way up the grade there is spot where you can pull over. The hill is behind some trees on your right. It’s a small but steep hill with trees.
Incline Village Snow Play Area
A gentle hill on Fairway Blvd, next to Chateau Clubhouse in Incline Village
Hope Valley Sno Park – Hwy 88 west of Pickett’s Junction
Heading towards Kirkwood, soon after turning onto Hwy 88, but before the first bridge over West Carson River). Free for sledding and tubing, but there is a $5 day use fee.
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