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Tubing and Sledding near the Bay Area

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What parents need to know for 2021 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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Squaw Valley 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 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: Starts at $29 for 90-minute session
Distance from Oakland: 178 miles
Website: RideBoreal.com
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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: in 2020 it was $34 for 90-minute session; $44 all day
Distance from Oakland: 177 miles (affiliated with and next door to Boreal)
Website: SkiSodaSprings.com
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Squaw Valley Resort (Olympic Valley, CA)

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
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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: $27 / Under 44″ – All Day Magic Carpet Mountain: $21
Distance from Oakland: 147 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: $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

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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. Hansen’s is a set of
Price: $30 CASH ONLY, per person 5 and over, per hour, includes use of saucer and parking. Kids 4 & under are free.
Distance from Oakland: 190 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 can use theirs or bring your own. 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: $20 per person for 90-minute timed session; Kids 3 and under sled for free
Distance from Oakland: 190 miles
Website: Granlibakken
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2 thoughts 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

  2. I’m really disappointed with you publishing this post – California is still under a travel restriction to not travel more than 120 miles from your home for non-essential travel: https://covid19.ca.gov/travel/
    And the Bay Area is still under a mandatory 10-day quarantine if you travel outside Bay Area counties: https://sf.gov/news/mandatory-travel-quarantine-still-effect

    Encouraging people to travel at the snow at this time for recreation is encouraging people to break these public health rules that are put in place to keep community spread down and keep the vulnerable members of our community safe – including the elderly and POC who have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. I can’t believe the level of blind privilege being shown here.

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