by: LiLing Pang
Sledding is no longer just sledding. More and more ski resorts in Lake Tahoe are carving out special areas for groomed tubing runs. Using special equipment, these resorts are able to carve tubing runs with high walls so that you can travel fast and take sharp turns. Many of the ski resorts also have tow ropes or magic carpets to save you from having to climb back up the slippery hill. Most charge between $10 to $30 for adults and kids alike for the extra squeals, ropes tows, and equipment rental.
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GROOMED TUBING HILLS AROUND LAKE TAHOE
This list is organized from the north end of Lake Tahoe to the south-end of Lake Tahoe.
Location: Truckee Area - I-80 at Castle Peak Exit on Donner Summit.
One of the few places that offer night tubing in addition to day time tubing. Special features include moving carpet, groomed tubing lanes, and quality tubes. Not private sleds or tubes allowed.
Price: $25/2 hrs (over 42"Tall), $15/2 hrs (under 42" Tall - mini tubing)
Hours: Subject to change. Until 8pm on Fri, Sat, Holidays.
Location: 1 mi. east of I-80 at Soda Springs Exit. Near Donner Lake
Soda Springs has a 6 lane tubing hill serviced by a 390' magic carpet. You must be at least 42" tall to ride the tubing hill. Fee includes tube rental. No personal equipment is allowed. Access to the Tubing Hill is included with lift tickets or can be purchased separately.
For little ones under 8, there is a separate tubing Planet Kids area that has an age appropriate tubing hill serviced by a mini magic carpet as well as a tube carousel. Access to Planet Kids also includes a learning area for beginner skiiers and snowboarders.
Prices: Tubing Hill - $25/person (all day), Planet Kids - $25/child under 8 (all day)
Location: North Shore Area of Lake Tahoe - North Woods Blvd., 1/2 mi. off I-80 at Truckee-Donner Exit.
Although Tahoe Donner is a member community, their facilities are open to the public for a fee. There is a groomed sledding hill that is open to any age and a 2 lane tubing hill that you must be over 36" to ride. No tow ropes or lift avaialble. Sleds and tubes are provided by Tahoe Donner. No provide equipment allowed.
Prices: Adults: $14, Kids 4-12: $7, Under 3: Free (these are public rates)
Location: North Shore Area of Lake Tahoe - SnoVentures Lodge - Skiers can take the gondola to the tubing hill – it’s located in the east corner of the parking lot at the base of the mountain.
The Squaw Tubing Hill has 2 lanes. Must be 3 and 36" tall to ride the tubing hill.
Prices: $20/hour (any age)
Location: North Shore Area of Lake Tahoe - mid mountain above the Gondola
The Tubing Hill at Northstar has 2 groomed runs. Tubes and riders are transported by tow lift to the top of the hill and tubers can slide down one at a time or in daisy chains. Saucers and/or sleds are not permitted in the Tubing Area. Must be at least 35" to tube and be able to ride independently and hold one to handles.
Prices: $21-23/hour, $12-14/additional hour (any age and includes tube rental)
Hours: Weekdays 12pm-4pm, Weekends and Holidays: 10am-4pm
Location: Just south of Tahoe City on Granlibakken Rd.
Granlibaken has a machine groomed snow play area. Fee includes saucer rental. No tubes, tobaggans or metal sleds are allowed.
Prices: $10/person (includes saucer rental - all day)
Location: South Lake Tahoe - At the top of the Heavenly Gondola (Adventure Peak)
The Heavenly Tubing Hill has 5 lanes that travel over 500' with a 65' vertical drop. It's serviced by an enclosed magic carpet lift. Fee includes tube rental and no private tubes are allowed. The tubing hill is located at Advetnure Peak which can only be accessed via ski runs or the Heavenly Gondola. Prices of Gondola Ride is not included in the Tubing Fee. Must be 40" to ride.
For younger kids, you can rent a sled at Adventure Peak and and enjoy the gentle sledding hill which isn't serviced by a tow rope or lift.
Prices: Tubing - $30/hour (any age), Sledding - $10
Location: South Lake Tahoe on Ski Run Blvd near Heavenly
This 2 lane tubing run has high banks and turns for a thrilling 400 ft ride. No rope tow or magic carpet, but a stairway leads you back up to the top of the run. No minimum age or height to ride. Under 4 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Prices: $10/hour, 4 and under free
The two lift-accessible tubing lanes have a start deck for easy take-off and a gentle run-out that will allow a comfortable stop. Tubing fee also gives you access to the Blizzard Mountain Snowplay area complete with firepits, s'mores and snowplay toys. Any age can tube, but kids under 44" must ride with an adult.
Prices:$30/2 hours (any age)
Hours: Daily 10am-4pm
Location: South Lake Tahoe Area - Kirkwood Meadow Drive off Hwy 88. Near Red Cliff's Day Lodge
The two lane tubing hill at Kirkwood is fairly gentle allowing kids 2 and up who can ride independantly and hold on to the ropes for their tube to enjoy the hill. It's serviced by a rope tow. No personal equipment allowed at Kirkwood. Fee includes tube rental.
Prices: $14/for one hour, $20/all day
Hours: Weekends 12-5pm
Location: Near Dodge Ridge, 6 miles east of Strawberry on Highway 108
Covers 30 acres, with 18 groomed sled hills for various ages, from mild to wild. Sleds and saucers included in ticket price.
Prices: $12–30 depending on age and walk-up versus tow-up
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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FREE PLACES TO GO SLEDDING AND TUBING AROUND LAKE TAHOE
At these locations, you'll be skiing and tubing at your own risk. In some cases, you might be trespassing on private property.
North Shore Lake Tahoe
Locaiton: Hwy 89 South, just past the Truckee River and the Y.
Mellow slope with parking across the street.
North Tahoe Regional Park
Location: at the end of National Ave., North Lake Tahoe, CA
Hill for sleds, saucers, tubes, etc. with a $5.00 day use fee.
Mt. Rose (Nevada)
Location: Mt. Rose Highway (Hwy. 431). Undeveloped area 8 miles up.
Top of Mount Rose Highway
Location: In the open snowfields of Tahoe Meadows.
There is lots of room for snow play here. Snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, sledding.
South Shore Lake Tahoe
Heavenly California Lodge
Location: above the Heavenly parking lot just off Keller Road.
Easy access and ample parking. The slope is mellow and perfect for young kids who might have a hard time climbing a big hill
Highway 50 at the Airport
Just across the street from the airport is some open land with good sledding hills of varying speeds. Parking is difficult.
"F" Street and Margaret Avenue
Offers different choices for how steep you want to go. There aren’t many crowds. There are a good number of trees that make it exciting for some and scary for others. Can be dangerous for young kids.
Location: Hwy 28, just off of Hwy 50 (about 9 miles south of Incline Village). Steep and fast runs.
Location: Between Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade (207) where they meet. The hills on the far side of the ball fields are great for sledding. Parking is free and plentiful.
Location: Half way up the grade there is spot where you can pull over. The hill is behind some trees on your right. It’s a small but steep hill. Can be dangerous because you slide right into a row of trees at the bottom.
Incline Village Snow Play Area (Nevada)
Location: Fairway Blvd, next to Chateau Clubhouse in Incline Village
A gentle hill.
Hope Valley Sno Park - Hwy 88 west of Pickett's Junction
Location: Heading towards Kirkwood, soon after turning onto Hwy 88, but before the first bridge over West Carson River). Free for sledding and tubing, but there is a $5 Day Use Park Fee
Don't miss our tips on how to enjoy the snow for less in "Winter Fun for Less Than A Lift Ticket"
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updated: November 17 2012 by LiLing Pang
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