By Alyssa Green
There’s snow in the Sierras, and just in time for President’s Day weekend! If you plan on taking the kids up to enjoy the fresh snowpack, here are a few California and Nevada snow parks and resorts that are family friendly and somewhat reasonably priced.
Bear Valley Country and Adventure Company – This cross country area has sledding and tubing hills for ages 3 and up. Sledding is $11 per person, tubing is $16 per person and inlcudes sled and tube. Located on Hwy 4, 45 miles northeast of Angels Camp.
Boreal Mountain Resort– One of the more conveniently located snow play areas to Sacramento, Boreal’s Playland boasts a well-groomed tuning area with lanes and a moving carpet. Cost is $25 per person for a 2-hour session which includes tube and access to the moving carpet. Located just off I-80 near Donner Summit.
Granlibakken Resort – This smaller and quainter resort costs just $10 per person for full day access to the sledding hill which includes a sled or saucer. Children 2 and under are FREE. Located off Hwy 89 near Tahoe City.
Leland High Sierra Snow Play – Covering 30 acres, this snow park has 18 groomed sled hills for children of all ages from “mild to wild.” Cost per person is anywhere from $12 to $30 depending on age and whether you want to walk up the hill the or get a lift via the tow. Sleds and saucers are included in the prices. Located near Dodge Ridge, 6 miles east of Strawberry on Hwy 108.
Soda Springs Winter Resort – Tube Town, Soda Spring’s snow play area has groomed tubing lanes, 20 long flumes with twists and turns, a 400 foot magic carpet ride and a Planet Kids zone for smaller children.. Cost is $25 per person for all day fun.
Tahoe Donner – Groomed sledding hill with 2 monitored tubing lanes and 6 unmonitored sledding lanes. $11 per person, ages 12 and older, $7 for ages 4-12, and ages 3 and under are FREE. Sleds are included in price. Located off I-80 at the Donner Pass Road exit.
Yuba Pass – A California Parks and Recreation Sno Park, Yuba Pass offers a premier snow play area with cross-country skiing, and groomed snowmobile trails. This is a “bring your own sled” and “find your own hill” type of area, so no costs are required other than a $5 parking permit which must be displayed on your car’s dashboard. Click here to purchase a parking permit online. Location is on the south side of Hwy 49 at Yuba Pass.