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Tubing and Sledding near the Bay Area

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What parents need to know for 2022 sledding and tubing: Masks are required throughout these winter season resorts. You won’t be going inside for cozy lodge access: food options will be limited or not exist, if you need to warm up you’ll need to do it in your own car so bring blankets and dry clothes. You may need to reserve tickets, entry, timed appointments, and rental equipment in advance. Check your county’s travel restrictions before you go.

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.

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Palisades Tahoe Tubing Area: SnoVentures Activity Zone (pre-covid pic, please wear masks)

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 an area reserved for Tahoe Tubing and Snow Play for families with kids over 42″. Guests pay for a 90-minute session or an all-day pass.  The 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 the most affordable days being non-holiday weekdays. Cashless in 2022.
Price: Starts at $49 for a 90-minute session
Distance from Oakland: 171 miles
Website: RideBoreal.com
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Soda Springs Mountain Resort (Soda Springs, CA)

Catering to the first-time skier and closest to Oakland, Soda Springs offers Tube Town 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: All-day passes starting around $45; 90-minute prices are TBD
Distance from Oakland: 170 miles (affiliated with and next door to Boreal)
Website: SkiSodaSprings.com


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Palisades Tahoe (Olympic Valley, CA)

One of the bigger resorts, with an entire village at the base of the mountain, Palisades Tahoe (formerly known as 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-tips: a free sled hill (BYO sled and walk yourself back up to the top) is located adjacent to the paid one, so plan accordingly. Ikon Pass holders receive free tubing every Thursday.
Price: $42 for 55 minutes, which starts every hour on the hour
Distance from Oakland: 190 miles
Website: PalisadesTahoe.com
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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. More about Leland Snow Play.
Price: Weekend rates Over 44″ – All Day: $29 / Under 44″ – All Day Magic Carpet Mountain: $21
Distance from Oakland: 157 miles
Website: SnowPlay.com
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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: $40 midweek, $45 weekends, and $50 holiday weekends per vehicle entrance fee; sled rental $15/day; tube rental $35/day (with a $5 surcharge for vehicles with more than 4 passengers)
Distance from Oakland: 171 miles
Website: AdventureMountainTahoe.com


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Tube Tahoe (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

This snow park is designated solely for tubing, featuring 500 ft long lanes for as many downhill thrill rides as your family can handle. Visitors must climb up the run with their tubes. There is also a separate smaller incline for little tubers (2 and under) to enjoy (and a good place to rest before trekking up the hill). Guests pay for a 90-minute session, which includes one rental tube per person. Weekend and holiday rates are more. Parking, restrooms, and shop with snacks, drinks, and snow gear onsite.
Price: For 90-minute sessions: Adults (13 & older) $50-$55; Children (12 & under) $40-$45; Children tubing with adult (5 & under) $20-$25; Spectators (all ages) $10 – $15
Distance from Oakland: 176 miles
Website: TubeTahoe.com

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Tubing is the only thing at Tube Tahoe in South Lake | Photo: Parul Patel

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

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: $30/hour CASH ONLY, per person 5 and over, includes the use of tube or saucer and parking. Kids 4 & under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Distance from Oakland: 183 miles
Website: HansensResort.com
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Granlibakken Sledding (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 must use theirs. Sledding tickets are 90-minutes in duration with 30 minutes or time for cleaning in between sessions. They must be purchased in advance.
Price: Sledding: $25 per person for weekday 90-minute timed session, $35 weekends and holidays, $40 for twilight weekends; Kids 3 and under sled for free
Distance from Oakland: 194 miles
Website: Granlibakken.com
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Playing on the hillside in the snow at Tube Tahoe | Photo: Parul Patel

Prices may change throughout the season.
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