10 Best Sledding and Tubing Places in Lake Tahoe

By Shanie Matthews | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Lake Tahoe is buried in snow.

Everywhere you go there are gigantic walls of white. What does this create? A plethora of ways to enjoy the fun that comes with a ton of snow!

A few weeks ago we chatted about places to go snowshoeing. Right alongside that is another favorite winter-weather pastime: sledding.

I have gathered the top 10 places to enjoy the thrills of slip, sliding away that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Continue reading for Lake Tahoe’s best sledding spots.

  1. Granlibakken Tahoe: For those staying on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe or in Tahoe City, a great place to enjoy sledding is at Granlibakken. This tiny hill offers a superb space for all ages to enjoy a little saucer time. They offer sled rentals with their lift ticket, allowing for a price-effective way to enjoy sledding for the entire day. One point to keep in mind: Forms of sledding other than the saucer are not allowed, i.e. tubes, toboggans and sleds.
  2. Tahoe Donner Snow Play Area: For those in the Truckee area, this is your best bet for enjoying both sledding and tubing. Access is an all-day affair, and there are sled and tube rentals available. The terrain at Tahoe Donner is perfect for younger children.
  3. Soda Springs: Soda Springs has its very own Tube Town. Within this little village for tubers, you will find 20 different lanes for experiencing the thrill of tubing on 400 vertical feet of drop. Tube Town does limit the number of tubers allowed to play at one time. To help ensure that you will be able to access the tubing area, you can buy tickets on their website.
  4. Squaw Valley: Squaw Valley has an area set aside just for tubing, SnoVentures. This small sledding hill is located on the far east side of the parking lot and is perfect for learning how to ski and finding excitement on a tube. The tubing area has a magic carpet to ferry you back to the top without fatigue. There is a limit to how many tubers are allowed on the hill, but new sessions start on the hour, every hour, so if you have patience, you’re sure to enjoy the thrill of gravity.
  5. Heavenly Lake Tahoe: If you are enjoying your Tahoe time on the south side of the lake, Heavenly Lake Tahoe offers a spectacular place for tubing with their 500 vertical feet of sledding excitement. They offer a magic carpet ride back up to the top. A bonus for this sledding area is the stunning view of Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac.
  6. Boreal Mountain: One of the great aspects to Boreal, if you are coming from Sacramento or the Bay area, is that you will avoid a little bit of travel time. For sledding fun Boreal offers an authentic tubing area that is made for enjoyment. For example, they limit the amount of tubers to make certain the lines remain minimal. To make things quicker, there is a moving carpet ride to get people back to the top with ease. They offer full-day tubing passes or tickets that apply to a 90-minute session of tubing.
  7. Mount Rose Snow Play Area: A free place to sled is located right off Mount Rose Highway for easy access. The public snow play area is on the left side of the road before you hit the summit, when coming from the lake. This is a pretty large area and is able to accommodate large groups.
  8. Sierra at Tahoe: The Sierra at Tahoe Blizzard Mountain play area offers an exceptional tubing area. There’s a rope tow to help bring you back up the mountain, and they offer sledding rentals.
  9. Incline Village Snow Play Area: If you are spending your time in Incline Village, there's a great little sledding area that is perfect for those who don’t need a lot of speed. With a gentle sloping hill and quick access to the Chateau Clubhouse, it is perfect for the little ones, as getting out of the cold is simple. This is a free place to sled, but be sure to bring your own form of sledding.
  10. Spooner Summit Snow Play Area: A super popular place for free tubing is the Spooner Summit Snow Play Area. Be sure to arrive early as parking is limited and can be hard to come by later in the day.

Please be sure to visit our Daytime and Nightlife events sections to learn about fun outings to pair with your sledding excitement.

Photos by Tahoe.com

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.