Sledding & Tubing
Call tubing and sledding venues before you go to confirm they're open on that day. Things happen.
Tahoe Meadows at Mount Rose (Directions)
This sledding and tubing hill is not privately owned or maintained. Dress warm and bring your own sled. Visitors park along the sides of Mount Rose Highway, and climb up the snow bank to the sledding hill. Of course, it's also free and open anytime. That's the upside. The downsides: parking is dangerous. If you go with young children, use extreme caution. Another downside is that there are no nearby restrooms.
North Tahoe Park: (530) 546-4212: Open 10a to 4p. (Directions)
Sledding at North Tahoe Park is, without a doubt, the best kept sledding secret at Lake Tahoe. In the winter, there is a free small sledding hill at the park entrance, watch out for the boulders.
Then there is a larger hill at the upper parking lot, which you have to pay to use.
It is a 'no frills' option that will allow a large group to have fun for a minimal amount of money. Take good directions with you; it's nestled in a remote area of the park. Once you get there, you'll find parking on paved lots, public restrooms, machine-groomed sledding hills. For $5 per person you can sled all day. They even provide you with a sled. There is no food service, so you might want to pack a lunch.
Granlibakken: (800) 543-3221; Open: 9a to 4:00p (Directions)
Sledding is just one of the activities you'll find at Granlibakken. It is a full-service ski resort, ideal for beginners. All the amenities of a resort can be found here, including parking, restrooms and food service. Sledding Area (open daily)
Rates are $14 per person, includes saucer rental and sledding all day. Holiday rates are $15 per person. Lodging guests receive ½ off sledding/skiing tickets at Granlibakken (no tubes are allowed).
Hansen's Resort: (530) 544-3361; Open 9a to 5p (Directions)
Hansen's Resort is a hotel, right next door to Heavenly Mountain Resort, that also has a tubing run. If you stay at the hotel, the tubing is free. If you're not a hotel guest, you pay by the hour: Hansen’s offer snow tube and saucers with the price of admission. For guests ages 5 years and older, the first hour is $20, and each additional hour is $15 per guest per hour. Children younger than 4 years old tube for free, when accompanied by a paying adult. Full day passes are available only to cabin guests of Hansen’s Resort. Restrooms and a somewhat small parking lot are nearby.
Northstar-at-Tahoe: 800.GO.NORTH (1.800.466.6784) or 530.562.2267; Open: Noon to 4p Weekdays, 10a to 4p Weekends and Peak Season (Directions)Northstar limits the number of tickets they sell for the tubing run. Tubing tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only and are available for purchase at the 'Tickets + Season Pass Office' in the Village at Northstar. Gondola ride to the tubing venue is included. Allow time to park your car and ride the shuttle to Northstar Village, where you will catch the Gondola to the tubing venue. This venue has abundant amenities. Restrooms are nearby. The price for one hour: Adults: $35 for the first hour, $25 for each additional hour.
Don't send your kids on their own. Parents are required to sign a liability release form for all tubers under the age of 18. All riders are required to be at least 42" in height, fit inside the tube AND be able to independently hold on to the handles on the tube. More than one person on a tube is NOT allowed - parents cannot ride with their child in the same tube. Parents may ride holding on to the child's separate tube down the hill. Saucers and/or sleds are not permitted in the Tubing Area.
Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadow Tubing: 800-403-0206: Open: Sun-Fri: 11am-4pm, last session 3pm // Sat: 11am-7pm, last session 6pm (Directions)
Squaw Valley offer tubing only, no sledding allowed, weather and conditions permitting. Tickets are sold at SnoVentures Activity Zone. A limited number of tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. There are four tubing lanes, and a covered ‘magic carpet’ available to take tubers to
the top of the tubing lanes. Adult and child-size tubes are offered. Regular season pricing is $29 per person, per session. Sessions are 55 minutes long.
Heavenly Mountain Resort: (775) 586-7000; Open: 10a - 3p (Directions)
Gondola ride to the tubing venue is an additional charge. Gondola prices: Adults: $30; Teens: $26; Child: $20. Children under 4 are free. The tubing venue is located at Heavenly's Adventure Peak, elevation 9,123 feet. When you arrive at Adventure Peak, the price for the tubing run is an additional $30 per hour. (For adults that's $30 for the Gondola and $30 for the tubing session.) Riders must be at least 42 inches to ride. This venue has abundant amenities. The resort claims more than four lanes that are 500 feet long, with a 65 foot vertical drop.
You might also like to go on a horse-drawn slide ride.