Four Tahoe-Area Snow Parks that are just a Hop, Skip and Jump from Sacramento


Grab your sleds, snow gloves and get ready for some fun!  Snow play with your family is just a couple of hours away – and for the first time in several years, you can be guaranteed plenty of snow in the mountains. Whether you choose to intertube, sled, ski or snowboard, there are plenty of options for snow fun.   Here is a list of our top choices for family snow play.

Boreal – Conveniently located on I-80 at Castle Peak Exit on Donner Summit, they are now open 9am-9pm, 7 days a week for skiing and snowboarding. If you would rather just play in the snow then check out Boreal Playland Tubing Park.  They offer snow tubing equipped with 2 moving carpets, groomed tubing lanes and tubes to rent.  Admission ranges from $10- $49.  Along with other resorts in the area, they also offer ski and snowboard lessons.

 Granlibakken Resort – Located off Hwy 89 near Tahoe City, this smaller snow park is perfect for families with younger children.  Open 9am-4:30pm daily, they have a groomed snow play area and for $16 per person, you can rent and use their saucers and play area for the day. They also offer a season pass for $50- this is a great deal if you plan to visit the Tahoe area several times this year.

Soda Springs Resort/ Planet Kids – Planet Kids is best described as a snow playground featuring tubing carousals, tubing lanes, ski/snowboard learning areas, snow volcanoes to climb and more. This unique facility is designed specifically for children (age 7 & under) to experience winter and play in the snow. For $50, your child can ski and/or snowboard all day long.  Rentals are included in the admission price as well as full access to the Snow Mountains, intertube carousel and more.

In addition to Planet Kids, Soda Springs also offers lessons, lifts and Tube Town.  This is geared for children and adults 42″ and taller where a moving carpet is designed to escalate up the mountain so you can zip and zoom down the hill in your tube! $50 for an all day pass. Located approximately 1.5 hours above Sacramento and off of Hwy 80, Soda Springs makes for a perfect winter family day trip.

Tahoe Donner – Located off I-80 at the Donner Pass Road exit, they offer a groomed sledding hill with several sledding lanes and the opportunity to try out snowshoeing as they rent snowshoes to adults and children.  Admission into the snow park ranges from$9-$25 for an all-day pass to tube and play.  Ski and snowboarding lift tickets are an additional charge.

This is a small list of the local snow parks; you can even just pull off the road and find several hills with people sledding down (my favorite way of exploring the snow).   Make sure you dress appropriately, and if you need suggestions of where to purchase or rent gear, here are some options:

Any Mountain
392 Roseville Square, Roseville

1148 Galleria Blvd, Roseville 2425
Iron Point Rd, Folsom
1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento

Land Park Ski and Sport
4207 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento

Clark’s Snow Sports
212 Harding Blvd, Suite N in Roseville
So gather up your warm jackets, some hot cocoa and cameras and hit the slopes with your family (don’t forget the sun block and lip balm) and make some memories in our local winter wonderland!

By Heather Crivellone



Spend President’s Day Weekend Playing At Nearby Sierra Snow Parks

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.