Tubing and Sledding near the Bay Area - 510 Families

Tubing and Sledding near the Bay Area

Want to take your kids to the snow, but skiing is not a goal? We've covered snow play outings for outdoor enthusiasts who aren't afraid to navigate DIY adventures, but on this page, we'll focus on easy snow destinations for Bay Area families.

Squaw Valley Tubing Area: SnoVentures Activity Zone

If you'd be most comfortable with an address to plug into your GPS app, a parking lot to arrive in, and a ticket booth that will give you access to tubing or sledding with your kids, read on!

Snow tubing and sledding places near you

Boreal Mountain (Soda Springs, CA)

This full-service ski resort in the Tahoe area has a tubing area called Playland for families with kids over 42″. Guests pay for a 90-minute session or an all-day pass.  Pass includes access to the tubes and a moving carpet to ascend the hill. Walk-up prices are much higher than advance online tickets, which are dynamically priced with most affordable days being non-holiday weekdays.
Price: $36 for 90-minute session; $44 all day
Distance from Oakland: 178 miles
Website: RideBoreal.com

Soda Springs (Soda Springs, CA)

Catering to the first-time skier and closest to Oakland, Soda Springs offers TubeTown for families with kids over 7 and taller than 42″. Planet Kids is an area for kids 7 and under.  Buy a 90-minute session or an all-day pass for either area. Walk-up prices are much higher than advance online tickets, which are dynamically priced with most affordable days being non-holiday weekdays.
Price: $34 for 90-minute session; $44 all day
Distance from Oakland: 177 miles (affiliated with and next door to Boreal)
Website: SkiSodaSprings.com

Squaw Valley Resort (Olympic Valley, CA)

Sponsor

One of the bigger resorts, with an entire village at the base of the mountain, Squaw Valley has built groomed tubing lanes with a magic carpet just to the left of the ski lifts. A separate admission ticket hut sells passes for “SnoVentures”. You must be 40″ inches to ride. Pro-tip, a free sled hill (BYO sled and walk yourself back up to the top) is located adjacent to the paid one, so plan accordingly.
Price: $42 for 55 minutes, which starts every hour on the hour
Distance from Oakland: 197 miles
Website: SquawAlpine.com

Leland High Sierra SnowPlay (Pinecrest, CA)

A little closer than Tahoe, this East Sierras tubing center is really just that. Park, pay, and start tubing. This is not a ski resort and open days are dependent on good snow coverage. Check the weather, days, and hours before you go.
Price: Weekend rates Over 44″ – All Day: $39; 2 Hours: $31 / Under 44″ – All Day Magic Carpet Mountain: $22/2-Hour Magic Carpet Mountain: $19
Distance from Oakland: 147 miles
Website: SnowPlay.com

Adventure Mountain (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

With a different pricing model, Adventure Mountain enables guests to pay for their vehicles to access this South Lake Tahoe snow park and then permits them to use the facilities all day, however, tubes are not included in the admission price. Rent sleds, tubes, helmets, and other equipment in the lodge or bring your own.

Price: $35 midweek, $40 weekends, and $45 holiday weekends per vehicle entrance fee; sled rental $15/day; tube rental $45/day
Distance from Oakland: 178 miles
Website: AdventureMountainTahoe.com

Hansen's Resort: Snow Tube & Saucer Hill (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

Sponsor

This South Lake Tahoe destination has groomed tube runs for sledding, but no high tech help to get you back up the hill. The run is 400′ long and then you'll walk back up to the top.
Price: $20 CASH ONLY, per person 5 and over, per hour, includes use of saucer. Kids 4 & under are free.
Distance from Oakland: 190 miles
Website: HansensResort.com

Granlibakken (Tahoe City, CA)

A year-round resort and retreat destination, Granlibakken has lodging and a ski mountain, AND includes admission to their sledding area with lift tickets, so you can both ski and sled during one day. Sledding-only tickets are also available and cheaper. Plastic saucers are the style of sled required, and you can use theirs or bring your own.
Price: Sledding-only for resorts guests: $8.50; Sledding-only without lodging: $17; Kids 3 and under sled for free
Distance from Oakland: 190 miles
Website: Granlibakken


Prices may change throughout the season.
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1 thought on “Tubing and Sledding near the Bay Area”

  1. Hi Whitney,
    Thanks for including Squaw Alpine tubing in your article. I hate to be “that guy” but here I am: BYO sledding in the area next to the tubing hill is prohibited, and there are no trespassing signs posted there. BYO sledders are asked to leave. Will you please remove that line from your article? It could otherwise cause confusion for your readers. If you’re looking for more free sled hills, Tahoe Fund has a good updated list: https://www.tahoefund.org/uncategorized/tahoe-winter-sled-hills-2/
    Thanks!
    Liesl

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