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Top 15 Places to Go Sledding, Tubing & Build a Snowman in Truckee

March 7, 2024
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Bring on winter family fun! If you’re not skiing or riding with your family, consider one of the following spots for a day of snow play. All opening dates are weather and conditions dependent and subject to change.

Truckee Sledding, Tubing, and Snow Play Map & Guide

Print or download the Sledding, Tubing, and Snow Play Map and Guide (PDF).

1. Tahoe Donner Snowplay

Kids can enjoy all of the snowplay activities here, like sledding, tubing, snowman building, snowball fighting, and more. There’s a fun sledding hill with monitored tubing lanes, and best of all, you don’t have to pack a thing - sleds and inner tubes are included in the price of admission. This is a great place to bring small children, with gentle hills that are just steep enough for little ones to feel an exhilarating thrill.

2. Sugar Rush Tubing at Sugar Bowl Resort

Get your sweet tooth ready to enjoy Sugar Rush Tubing, opening Dec. 17th at Sugar Bowl Resort. The park will feature multiple lanes for snow tubing thrills with a covered moving carpet to whisk you to the top for more. For the little ones in the family, a Snow Play area will be available with a Rotonda, Burton Riglet Boards and the ever-popular Snow Volcano. Stop in for a 2-hr on weekends and holidays.

Open weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and daily during holiday periods.

3. Planet Kids and Tube Town at Soda Springs Resort

There is so much fun to be had at Soda Springs Resort. Families will love Planet Kids, a snow playground located just across from the ski resort. There are snow “rides,” such as a tubing carousel, and lots of open space for snowball fights, snowman building and whatever else your imagination can think up. While the little ones will enjoy the gentler terrain at Planet Kids, older kids will love spending the day at Tube Town which has up to ten groomed lanes for tubing.

4. Tahoe Tubing at Boreal Mountain California

Tube park located off of I-80 with 3-8 groomed tubing lanes and a magic carpet. Open daily for 90-minute sessions for all ages (height restrictions apply). Tickets must be purchased online.

5. Disco Tubing at Palisades Tahoe

Saturday nights are for disco tubing under the lights! Palisades Tahoe comes to life colorful LED lights, lasers, and live DJs for disco tubing, a unique family activity everyone will love. Tickets available online only.

6. Northstar Village Hike and Tube

Tubing is located mid-mountain just above the Gondola. Tubing tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis only and are available for purchase at the Tickets & Season Pass Office in the Village at Northstar.

7. Glacier Way Trailhead

This area is in Tahoe Donner and has a plowed parking area, trash bins, & plenty of space for sledding, snow play, or snowshoeing. Be sure to take the trail leading out of the parking lot to enjoy a variety of trail loops that lead to beautiful panoramic views of nearby peaks.

8. Donner Lake West End Beach

Truckee's snow play area has got it going on! It offers sweeping views of Donner Lake, easy parking in a large, plowed lot, bathrooms (portapotties), and tons of space for building a snowman or playing in the snow! A Sustainable Truckee sponsorship helped expand snow plowing operations at West End Beach, doubling the amount of winter parking spots to about 60 spaces!

9. Truckee River Regional Park

The Truckee River Regional Park is your one-stop-shop for family fun in the snow with a new sledding hill (conditions dependent). Parking is easy and convenient, and there's no end to flat open fields to build a snowman or nooks and crannies to wage a competitive snowball fight. There is also an ice skating rink! 

10. Donner Summit SNO-PARK, Off I-80

There are no sledding hills at this location, but it's a great spot to build a snowman, wage a snowball fight, or make snow angels. On weekends, you can warm up with fresh donuts and hot chocolate, sold on site! The best way to enjoy the Donner Summit SNO-PARK is to arrive early and display your parking pass on your dash.

Know Before You Go: No camping allowed per Forest Order 17-22-06. Land adjoining the SNO-PARK is private property. NO Recreational use is allowed on the private property. It's a good idea to have a backup plan, just in case parking is full. When that happens, check out the other great snowplay areas on this list.

PARKING PASS REQUIRED NOV 1 - MAY 30: $15/day or $40/season. Passes sold on site during weekends. Buy online ahead of time and bring a printout to display on your vehicle.

11. Johnson Canyon, Off I-80

Enjoy a peaceful escape to Johnson Canyon, a quiet forest with options for everyone who wants to play in the snow. There are gentle hills for sledding, flat areas for making a snowman, and lots of tall pines to take cover behind during an epic snowball fight.

12. Trout Creek Trail - Off Northwoods Blvd.

The Trout Creek Trail is a scenic paved path in Truckee that offers ample plowed parking and open snowy areas for kids to toss snowballs and make snow angels. Start at the Northwoods Blvd trailhead for easy parking and snow access. After getting your fill of snow play, take a beautiful walk down the 1.5 mile (one-way) plowed trail.

13. Old Greenwood Snow Play

When Truckee receives plenty of snow at lower elevations, the Truckee Donner Land Trust will clear the parking area at their Old Greenwood conservation easement on the north-west corner of the Overland Trail exit off of Interstate 80 for a snow play area close to town! Please be aware there are no restrooms or trash facilities, so plan accordingly and pack all garbage, pet waste and sleds out.

14. McIver Dairy Meadow

Located close to Downtown Truckee, McIver Dairy Meadow is a popular sledding and snowplay area that was once the site of a dairy operation. The Truckee River Watershed Council restored McIver Dairy Meadow in 2019, and today, it serves an important role to improve carbon sequestration, increases the quality of the water running into the Truckee River, and provides more habitat for native plants, birds, and wildlife. Take extra care of this sensitive site and consider snow play at one of the other locations on this list. This is an unmaintained snow play area with no trash or restroom services.

15. Donner Ski Ranch

Snow tubing hill for kids and adults of all ages located on Donner Summit. Equipped with a moving carpet. Day of tickets available at the ticket window for 2-hr sessions.

Know Before You Go

  • PACK OUT TRASH & DOG POOP - Help protect this sensitive meadow by leaving the area better than you found it. Bring extra poop baggies for dog waste and pack a reusable bag for trash and broken sled pieces. A good rule of thumb is “If it doesn’t grow here, it doesn’t go here.”
  • RESPECT SIGNAGE - Due to the restoration efforts, sledding at McIver has been relocated away from the sensitive site to allow for rehabilitation and preservation. Please respect signage keeping activity away from the sensitive habitat.
  • PARK IN DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE - Parking is available in the Downtown Truckee parking district, a short walk from the sled hill. DO NOT PARK in front of businesses on Donner Pass Road near the sled hill or in front of the sled hill itself. Parking is prohibited in the street right-of way to enhance safety and to ensure street snow removal and maintenance. Cars parked in unauthorized areas are subject to citation. Note that parking is on busy road with no crosswalk.

Learn more from Town of Truckee and read about the Greening Up McIver Dairy Meadow from the Truckee River Watershed Council.

BONUS! 20+ Miles of Snow-Free Scenic Paved Trails

Did you know that Truckee has an abundance of dog-friendly winter trails that are plowed in winter and clear of snow?! That's right, 26 miles of scenic paved trails for a refreshing walk with your pup, go on a crisp run, or push a stroller. View our Trails, Maps, Access page to learn more!

How to Sled from Take Care Tahoe

Sledding Tips from Take Care Tahoe

  1. Buy a durable sled that can handle the fun and won't break into pieces. Look for wooden, metal, or inflatable sleds - they'll hold up the best! Where to Buy - New & Where to Buy - Used.
  2. Pack out your broken sled and know how to properly dispose of it. Recycle it if you can or toss it in the trash.


Looking for more sustainable travel tips or ways to support Truckee’s environment and local community? Check out the Sustainable Truckee Pre-Arrival Guide for easy actions you can take that make a difference. This guide includes an entire section on how you can Reduce Waste!

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