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

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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

REI
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

 

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Our Top Winter Break Activities to Keep your Kids Busy

winter-breakIt’s winter break for most kids in the Sacramento area and some parents are wondering how to keep them busy.  We have plenty of options in the Sacramento area and here is my top list of things to do with my crazy and active kids:

Sky High Sports is an indoor trampoline center located at 11327 Folsom Blvd in Rancho Cordova.  They have open bounce hours, dodgeball, AIRobics, special days for those with “special needs”, family and great holiday discount packages.  For the kids who are a little older and have lots of energy to burn, this is the place to take them! Admission is $12 per hour.

Bounce U has 2 locations, one in Roseville (7611 Galilee Rd) and another in Rancho Cordova (11280 Sanders Dr).  Both locations offer open play sessions of bouncing fun – all with slides, bounce houses, obstacle courses and more.  Check their website for specific days and times each location is open.  They have two different sessions of open bounce – one for the children who are 7 years of age and younger and one for all ages.  This will help in making sure your little toddlers don’t get trampled by the bigger kids!

Roller Skating and Ice Skating is always a great way to burn energy indoors.  Sunrise Roller Lane (6001 Sunrise Vista Drive, Carmichael) has several weekday sessions to choose from.  Admission is $8 and skate rental is $3.  Skatetown Ice Skating Rink (1009 Orlando Avenue, Roseville) is a premier facility that currently has both indoor and outdoor ice skating available.   Holiday rates include the price of skate rental and are $15 general admission and $13 for ages 10 and under.  Both roller skating and ice skating sessions have “learn to skate” times for those who may not be quite as comfortable on skates.

Check out one of our local museums: California Aerospace Museum, Sacramento Powerhouse Museum, Sacramento Kids Museum and the California Railroad Museum to name a few.  Each museum has interactive exhibits and is a great way to spend time with the kids, learn a few things and stay warm during these cold winter mornings.

Get busy creating a unique masterpiece at Color Me Mine Ceramics studio.  Choose a ceramics option (vase, trinket box, statue, bowl, etc) and spend hours painting and creating your own unique project.  Locations are in Elk Grove, Folsom and Roseville. The cost of the items are dependent on what you choose, but the best part of painting at a studio is that the mess is contained, they do the firing and glazing of the pieces and all the cleanup is taken care of- this is my kind of art project!

So even though it may be cold outside and the kids are bouncing off the walls, you don’t have to resort to turning on the TV and playing video games all winter break.  Go out, explore the city, get active and have fun creating memories with your children.

For information on SNOW PLAY, click here.

By Heather Crivellone