As one of America's greatest playgrounds, the Lake Tahoe area offers plenty of tubing. Most of the large resorts have tubing areas. In addition, there are several smaller tubing spots, including state parks.
Here are four top picks at different areas around the park:
Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe Southwest of Lake Tahoe is Adventure Mountain, for tubing, sledding and snow play. This area is not connected to a large resort so you'll find less crowds and a very friendly environment for families. The mountain has groomed runs and plenty of space. This spot mainly serves locals or folks driving into the area along highway 50.
Adventure Mountain is located at Echo Summit on highway 50. Tube rental is $20 for the day, parking is $18 per day, and the tubing hill is free.
Hansen's Resort Hansen's Resort has a groomed snow tube run that is about 400' long. No lift, so you walk up the side then tube down. It's groomed every day and has walls that hold you in. At the bottom there is a small hill to break your descent.
Hansen's is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. every day and charges $10 per hour. You will find Hansen's off Ski Run Blvd in South Lake Tahoe (close to Heavenly Ski Resort).
Taylor Creek SNO-Park Taylor Creek is located within the California State Park of Camp Richardson. It's on the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe off highway 89. You need to bring your own tube and you must have a "SNO-Park" permit.
California SNO-Park permits are $25 for the season, or $5 per day. They allow access to multiple SNO-Parks throughout the state with a heavy concentration around the Lake Tahoe area. For more on the permits, see http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1233.
Soda Springs North of Lake Tahoe is Soda Springs with Tube Town. They have a moving carpet to transport tubes and people up hill for a fun ride down. They also have a tube carousel for kids.
A pass for Tube Town is $25 per day. Soda Springs also has skiing and snowboarding. If you have a lift ticket for skiing/boarding, it also gives you access to tubing. Soda Springs is the first resort you reach if approaching Lake Tahoe on highway 80 from the west.
For a fun weekend or longer trip, consider circling the lake with tube stops along the way. You'll get great views, experience all of Lake Tahoe, and have some fun tubing breaks.
My experience with winter sports includes over 14 years of snowshoeing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and light winter mountaineering. I am trained in avalanche assessment and emergency procedures, plus basic mountaineering skills using crampons and ice axe. I enjoy leisurely downhill resorts as well as tough treks through the forest.
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