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Top 8 Places to Go Sledding, Tubing & Build a Snowman in Truckee

Siobhan Kenney
January 20, 2022
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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 snowplay.

Recreate Responsibly

Thanks for doing your part to RECREATE RESPONSIBLY & LEAVE NO TRACE while sledding or play in the snow. Keep our slopes clean by picking up trash and taking home broken sleds.

NEW Sustainable Truckee Winter Recreation Map (Beta)

Check out NEW digital, interactive map of Truckee. It shows sledding, snow play, ice skating, downhill and cross country skiing, trailhead parking, outdoor sports shops, scenic paved paths and more!


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!
  2. Rent a sled or saucer from a Truckee-Tahoe retailer. Just here for a day? View a list of rental locations in this sledding guide.
  3. Pack out your broken sled and know how to properly dispose of it. Recycle it if you can or toss it in the trash.


1. West End Beach

Truckee's newest 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!

2. Johnson Canyon

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.

3. 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.

4. Donner Summit SNO-PARK

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: 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.

5. 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.

6. Donner Memorial State Park

You won’t find a ton of sledding hills at Donner Memorial State Park, but it sure is one of the most scenic spots in Truckee-Tahoe to play in the snow! Just a short walk will bring you down to the beach where you can marvel at the frozen lake (when temperatures allow) and make a snowman with Donner Summit as your backdrop. Wide-open trails and vistas give it an “off the beaten path” feel, making it an ideal location for an intimate family adventure in the quiet of the State Park’s forest setting.  

7. 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.

8. 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.  

BONUS - 22 Miles of Snow-Free Paved Paths!

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, 22 miles of scenic paved paths 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!

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