There are few more time honored family traditions during the winter months than a trip to the local sledding hill. Whether it’s the rush of sliding down the slopes, or the joy of being together as a family, sledding and tubing are some of the absolute best ways to enjoy the snowy landscape of North Lake Tahoe. Fortunately, your next winter visit to the area offers you multiple exciting options for sledding and tubing like tow-cable assisted tubing hills or great free sledding slopes throughout the region. Keep reading below for all you need to know about the best places for sledding and tubing in North Lake Tahoe.
There are a number of fun and exciting paid-tubing hills in North Lake Tahoe. Unlike sledding, this involves renting large inner tubes specifically designed for sliding on snow. These activities are also held at fully staffed locations, often accompanied by tow-cable systems to help you get back to the top of the slope. This is a great option for families looking for a few hours of fun and who would prefer not to purchase or bring their own sleds from home. Simply show up and they’ll take care of the rest!
Held in the SnowVentures Activity Zone at the base of the mountain, Palisades Tahoe offers a great option for the complete tubing package. There are individual tubing lanes for each rider, and tickets can be purchased for 1 hour increments of fun. This ensures there’s limited crowds in the tubing lanes and you won’t be waiting in long lines for each turn down the hill. Palisades Tahoe does have a minimum height to ride of 40”, so those with very young children might not be able to participate at this location.
Located at the top of Donner Summit, the Boreal Tubing Park is another full service tubing hill that offers 90 minute sessions per ticket purchase. This is a great choice for those who might not mind a bit of a drive, or who want to avoid the weekend traffic at the Palisades Tahoe ski resort. Similar to Palisades Tahoe, Boreal also has a minimum height requirement of 42” inches to ride the snow tubes. However, for families with children younger than 7 years old, Boreal does offer tubing and snow play fun at their sister resort, Soda Springs, just a short drive away from the main resort.
One unique option for families is the Tahoe Donner Snow Play area. Here you can enjoy complimentary snow tubes, sleds, and even snowball makers included with the purchase of a Snowplay Ticket. While there is no tow-cable to pull sledders and tubers back to the top of the slope, here children of all ages and sizes can participate with adult supervision. While walk-up tickets are available, purchasing your ticket ahead of time is highly encouraged.
There are tons of free and paid sled hills in North Lake Tahoe for you to enjoy. While some of these locations will require you to provide your own sled, these can easily be purchased at numerous grocery stores, hardware stores, and markets throughout the area. Just be mindful of local parking regulations whenever choosing to go sledding in North Lake Tahoe.
The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is a local snow play area funded by the local Parks District. Here you and your family can enjoy a range of activities like sledding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and more! For sledding, the Winter Sports Park does require that sleds be rented on site and are included with your ticket purchase for a 90-minute session.
Located in Tahoe Vista, the North Tahoe Regional Park is a great low-cost option for all day sledding fun! For just $5, you can enjoy great winter activities from sledding to building a snowman under the tall pines. North Tahoe Regional Park also offers three different sled hills to choose from (weather and snow permitting), although you will need to provide your own sled to participate.
Located near the summit of SR-431 in Incline Village NV, the Mt. Rose Meadows sled hill is a family favorite for reliable snow and incredible views. Sledding is free and there is plenty of space to accommodate large parties. Be sure to mind the parking regulations along the Mt. Rose highway and get ready to enjoy blissful sledding at 8,500’!
We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome you back for a great winter season. North Lake Tahoe abounds with a myriad of exciting ways for families to get out and play in the snow. Happy sledding and we can’t wait for your next visit!