13 Perfect Sledding Spots Near Sacramento


It is sometimes hard to believe that Sacramento is in close proximity to some of the best places for winter/snow activities. In fact, right now you may be enjoying a warm 60-degree day in the city right now but within just an hour drive you could be up in the mountains, enjoying snowcovered pines. When it comes to winter, Sacramento locals have some great sledding spots to choose from!

1. Adventure Mountain (South Lake Tahoe)

Location

21200 Hwy. 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151

Adventure Mountain is located in South Lake Tahoe which is a 1-hour 45-minute drive from the heart of Sacramento. You can find this sledding hill at the top of Echo Summit, just 2.8 miles east of the Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort.

Hours

Adventure Mountain is open weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm and on weekends and holidays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Cost

Prices for sledding in this area average around $35 during the week and $40 on the weekends. You can also rent equipment for prices ranging from $8 to $40, depending on what you are renting and how long you are renting it for.

For more detailed information on fees and rates visit the Adventure Mountain website.

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This pristine sledding and tubing area is located at the top of the beautiful Echo Summit. The play area is located in a 40-acre piece of land that is covered in pines and a large hill to sled down. The snow on the hill is machine groomed and offers a thrilling and smooth ride.

Upon arrival, you will have your option of sliding down of 15 lanes that exist at this amazing sledding spot. These downhill runs are divided into different sections (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) based upon sledder experience. That being said, there is something for everyone at this snow park!

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This sledding spot is also very convenient because it allows you to rent sleds, inner tubes, and helmets. So no worries if you don’t even own a sled.

After you have gotten your fill of sledding, you can stop by the lodge and warm up. The lodge also offers food and drink options, so you don’t have to worry about packing a lunch!

2. Blizzard Mountain

Location

1111 Sierra at Tahoe Rd. Twin Bridges, CA 95735

This tubing park is also 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the city. Blizzard Mountain is part of the Sierra at Tahoe Resort, which is located in Twin Bridges. The resort is right of Highway 50, which is east of Sacramento.

Hours

The tubing hill is open on weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm and on weekends from 9 am to 5 pm.

Cost

A 2-hour tubing session ranges from $30 to $40 whereas a “Snow Play” or all-day pass ranges from $20 to $30. For more information on ticket pricing, visit the Blizzard Mountain website.

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Tubing at Blizzard Mountain is an absolute blast. If you are looking for a low key and enjoyable tubing experience, this place has you covered! There are multiple groomed lanes to choose from and each of these tubing runs has a start deck that makes getting in the tube and taking of a lot easier.

The best part about this tubing park is that you don’t have to walk back up. All you have to do is grab a hold of one of the two rope lifts to hitch a ride back up to the top.

Additional Things to Know

Tickets at Blizzard Mountain are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to get there early. Keep in mind that the ticket price includes the inner tube rental fee as well.

There is also some stellar skiing and snowboarding runs located right by the tubing park. The ski resort is called Sierra at Tahoe. This resort boasts some amazing runs that you will not wanna miss out on.

3. Nyack Snow Park

“Super fun place for the kids and kids at heart! The runs are perfect for the 2-8 year range. Nice and easy small runs.”

Cody M.

Location

41965 Nyack Rd, Emigrant Gap, CA 95715

The Nyack Snow Park sledding area is a great option if you are looking for something that is even closer to the city. This sledding spot is only an hour and 15-minute drive up I-80 and is located near the town of Emigrant Gap. You can find the sledding area at the Shell Gas Station which is off of exit 156.

Hours

Open daily from 8 am to 7 pm.

Cost

Most people can get away with not pay, however, there is a $20 fee for all-day parking.

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This sledding area is a great option if you want something that is cheap, convenient, and non-commercialized. The hills are simple and most of the time, you must create your own path down the hill.

In addition to that, unlike the big tubing parks, you must make the hike back up the hill in order to ride down again. Most of the hills in this area are perfect for the kiddos. This is good ole’ fashioned sledding at its finest!

Additional Things to Know

Nyak Snow Park is located super close to a convenience store and a Burger King. This is one of the perks of sledding at this spot! Once you have had your fill of sledding you can warm up while eating a hamburger or drinking a hot chocolate. Be sure to bring your own sleds and have fun!

4. Soda Springs Resort (Tube Town)

Location

10244 Soda Springs Rd., Soda Springs, CA 95728

This tubing area is located within Soda Springs resort, which is an hour and a half drive from downtown Sacramento. The resort and its accompanying tubing area are right off I-80 (exit 174).

Hours

Open weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Hours are subject to change so I recommend checking their website.

Cost

Cost ranges from $10 to $90 depending on how many days you are staying, For more accurate and detailed information visit their website.

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The tubing hill located in the Soda Springs Resort is affectionately called “Tube Town” and offers an amazing sledding experience that the family will not forget. The park has 20 groomed lanes and a 400ft surface lift that’ll shoot you right up to the top of the hill.

If that wasn’t enough, there is also a tubing hill for the little ones called Planet Kids. Soda Springs also offers many snow play activities. They have a snow playground, ski and snowboard lessons, and mini snowmobiles for kids ages 6-12! This is one place you will not want to skip over.

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After you have gotten your fill of tubing, you can eat and warm yourself up at the onsite restaurant. In addition to that, the skiing and snowboarding at Soda Springs Resort are second to none! I highly recommend checking them out.

5. Hansen’s Tube and Saucer Hill

Location

1360 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150

This sledding spot is 2 hours east of Sacramento in the town of South Lake Tahoe. The sledding hill can be found at the cross streets of Ski Run Blvd and Needle Peak Rd. and is in the shadow of Heavenly Valley Ski Resort.

Hours

Open daily from 9 am or 10 am to 4 pm or 5 pm. Hours are subject to change. The best way to figure out the exact hours is to call ahead at (530) 544-3361.

Cost

Tickets for people ages 5 and up are $20. Kids 4 and under can sled for free.

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Hansen’s Tube and Saucer Hill is a spectacular and low-key sledding spot. Its 400ft hill is groomed and provides a fast and fun ride to the bottom. There is no need to bring your own sleds and gear, this place has you covered. Hansen’s may not have a lift to take you to the top, but the sheer thrill of the hills makes up for this.

Additional Things to Know

This place provides plenty of free parking and has bathrooms that are conveniently located near the tubing hill. If you have further question, I suggest looking at their website for more detailed information.

6. Granlibakken Ski and Sled Hill

Location

725 Granlibakken Rd., Tahoe City, CA 96145

Granlibakken sledding area is located in Tahoe City which is a 2-hour drive up I-80 from Sacramento. The sledding hill is right off of Highway 89 and is super close to the lake.

Hours

Open daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost

Tickets are $16 per person and include saucer rentals in the price. In addition to that, children 4 and under get in for free.

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Granlibakken’s sled hill is a great place to unwind and enjoy a fun-filled day of sledding. You will be grinning from ear to ear as you fly down the large slopes.

The views are amazing! You are immersed in the snow-covered pines and Tahoe Lake is literally only minutes away.

Additional Things to Know

You can bring your own sleds or tubes, even though a saucer is included in your ticket. Also, keep in mind that if you are staying at the Granlibakken Tahoe Hotel you get a 50% discount on sledding tickets.

This sledding spot also offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. For more information on these activities visit the Granlibakken website.

7. Bear Valley Cross Country

Location

1 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley, CA 95223

Bear Valley Cross County is 2 hour and 30-minute drive from Sacramento. You will find this sledding spot right of Highway 4 and Bear Valley Rd.

Hours

Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.

Cost

A two-hour session costs $14 per person for sledding and $16 per person for tubing. If you are not doing either, there is a $3 access fee per person.

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At Bear Valley, you get the best of both worlds. This spot offers both traditional sledding and tubing on separate slopes. Each of these runs is groomed and provide an amazingly fast and thrilling ride. In addition to that, the prices are quite affordable when compared to the other sledding places.

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This area is also known for its great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails. There are over 3,000 acres and 38 trails to choose from if you want to do either of these activities. I highly recommend giving this place a visit!

8. Playland Tubing at Boreal Ridge

Location

19749 Boreal Ridge Rd, Soda Springs, CA 95728

This tubing park is located in Soda Springs which is around an hour and 45 minutes away from the city. It is a straight shot down I-80 and is right can be found off of exit 176.

Hours

Daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cost

Tickets are $54 for an all-day pass and $39 for 90 minutes of tubing.

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Playland at Boreal Ridge is the place to be during the winter! The tubing park can be found at the far end of the Boreal Ski Resorts parking lot. You are guaranteed to have a good quality tubing experience at this park. Playland offers wide/groomed lanes that shoot you down the hill at incredible speeds.

The tubing area also has a magic carpet conveyer that will shoot you back up to the top of the hill in no time!

Additional Things to Know

Due to the steepness of the hill here and the rule that little kids are not permitted to ride on their parent’s lap, I would recommend coming here if you have older kids. That being said, this place is a must-visit!

9. Tahoe Donner Snow Play

Location

12790 Northwoods Blvd Truckee, CA 96161

This sledding spot is located in the mountain town of Truckee which is about 2 hours from Sacramento. The sledding hill itself can be found near the Tahoe Donner Golf Course and Driving Range.

Hours

Open Fridays from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Cost

Price range from $4 to $41 depending on age and the time of the week you are planning on going. The easiest way to figure out pricing is to visit the Tahoe Donner website.

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This sledding spot is perfect for those who want to get out of the city and have rejuvenating mountain experience. The sledding/tubing hill is perfect for families of all ages and is sure to entertain you for hours. Tahoe Donner is also a perfect place to build a snowman, make snow angels, or start a good ole’ fashioned snowball fight.

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After you are done bombing down the sledding hill you can relax by the fire pit while sipping a nice warm hot chocolate. The TD Eats food truck is always on-site and offers a variety of snacks, soups, and beverages. This is one sledding spot that everyone who lives in or near Sacramento should experience.

10. Leland High Sierra

Location

34033 Leland Meadow Rd Strawberry, CA 95375

This snow play area is located 3 hours southeast of Sacramento in the town of Strawberry. The sledding area is up Leland Meadow Rd, which branches off of Highway 108.

Hours

Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Cost

Price ranges from $19 to $39. For more information, check out the Leland High Sierra Snow Play website.

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Leland High Sierra has been a tuber favorite since 1991. It may be a long drive from Sacramento, but the hills make it worth it. The park offers 12-acres of groomed runs. They also have tow lifts that make your tubing experience that much more enjoyable.

In addition to that, there is a kiddie hill that the little ones will absolutely enjoy. If that wasn’t enough, Leland also has mini snowmobiles that kids ages 5-12 can rent.

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You also have the option of relaxing in the 4,00 square foot day lodge that is right by the tubing hill. This lodge comes equipt with a snack bar and game room. Don’t miss out on this spectacular tubing experience.

11. Kingvale Resort

Location

53010 Donner Pass Rd, Soda Springs, CA 95728

Kingvale Resort is located right down the road from Boreal Resort in the town of Soda Springs. It is a 1 and a half drive up I-80 and is off of exit 171.

Hours

Open on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The parking lot opens at 9 am.

Cost

There is a $20 parking fee and a $10 (per person) entrance fee.

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Kingvale Resort is home to a hill that is a sledder’s paradise. This hill offers groomed runs that are perfect for tubes and sleds. If you don’t have a tube or sled you can purchase one at the resort for $25. To top it all off, this place is located in a gorgeous area! You will be sledding in a winter wonderland.

Additional Things to Know

Be sure to dress warm and be ready to have a fun time! If you have any further questions please check out the Kingvale Resort website.

12. Cisco Grove Tubes R Us

Location

48415 Hampshire Rocks Rd Soda Springs, CA 95728

This sledding spot is also located in Soda Springs, in fact, it is only 10 minutes away from Kingvale Resort. This sledding and tubing area is right by the Cisco Grove Campground and Cisco Grove Gould Park.

Hours

N/A

Cost

There is a $10 parking fee and tickets are $10 per person.

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This tubing park offers an impeccably groomed tubing hill. There are three tubing runs to pick from that offer adrenaline-packed ride to the bottom. Once you are at the bottom you can quickly ride back up the hill on the magic carpet conveyor. This is a great place to go if you don’t want to spend big bucks.

Additional Things to Know

Tubes R US isn’t a very big tubing park and thus can get crowded pretty fast. I’d suggest calling ahead to see how crowded it is.

13. Meiss Meadow and Carson Pass Sno-Park

Location

These two snow play and snow-park areas are located right off of Highway 88 (also known as Carson Pass). Both sledding areas are on opposite sides of the road and are close to the Carson Pass Information Station. These two areas are around 2 hours and 30 minutes from Sacramento.

Hours

N/A

Cost

You must buy as “sno-park” permit which is $5 for a day pass and $25 for a season pass.

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These two “sno-park areas” are great for DIY sledding. The hills in within these parks are quite small but nonetheless are fun to slide down. Both of these sledding spots are not lacking when it comes to beauty. They are in a beautiful area of California and make for great landscape photo ops.

Additional Things to Know

Meiss Meadow and Carson Pass are known for being a great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing spots.

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