Families Can Look To Snow Play Areas As Affordable Alternative To Ski Resorts

January 20, 2019 - 3:28 pm

You want to take the kids to the snow but want to spare the expense of a lift ticket at the big resorts. KCBS Radio traffic reporter Kim Wonderley takes a look at snow play areas in this week's Road Report.

Fun in the snow does not have to include hundreds of dollars in lift tickets. Snow Parks are big fun for little ones, teens and the kid in all of us. Fortunately there are many fun sledding hills and snow play resorts around Lake Tahoe. 

If you're heading to South Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, check out Adventure Park up at Echo Summit. They charge by the vehicle, $40 per vehicle on the weekend, $35 on weekdays. Adventure Park boasts groomed runs for sledding or tubing. There are trails for snowshoeing too. You can bring your own equipment or rent it all up there. There's even a lodge with a great room and fireplace as well as their Mountainside Cafe.

If you're looking for a small, full-service but low-key resort, consider Granlibakken on the North Shore at Tahoe City. Now Granlibakken has long been a great place to teach the little ones to  perfect those first runs on skis. The lift tickets are just $35 for adults and $25 for kids under 12. Along with your lift ticket you also get a pass for the sledding hill at Granlibakken. If you're only interested in sledding for the day, tickets are $17. 

Now if you're just looking to park the car and play, there are numerous state-run sno parks around the Sierra too. The parking lots are first come first served, and generally, there are no facilities except for restrooms. But it only costs $5 for the day or $25 for a season's pass. If you get caught without paying, you can get hit with a $90 ticket. 

Some of the popular sno parks are at Iron Mountain, Donner Summit, Blackwood Canyon, Carson Pass and Yuba Pass. Just search online for "Sno Parks" for the links to buy permits online.