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:
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