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[ Sleigh Rides, Dog Sledding, Ice Skating, Guided Snowmobile Tours and Rentals, Snowmobiling Areas, Tubing, Saucers & Sledding ]

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Sleigh Rides

  • Borges Family Sleigh Rides
    • Experience an old fashioned sleigh ride in one of several antique European Sleighs. Be sure to bring your camera, a Borges storyteller will snap a photo of you and your companions on the sleigh with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe in the background. Sleigh Rides are from 10:00am to Sunset (about 4:45). Each sleigh is equipped with warm blankets for snuggling. Sleigh rides cost $20.00 per adult and $10.00 per child under 11 years old.
      • Hwy. 50 and Loop Rd., Stateline, NV - E-mail or Call: (800) 726-RIDE or (775) 588-2953 for details.

Dog Sledding

  • Husky Express
    • Have you ever wanted to ride on a sled sliding over snow behind a team of eager huskies? Join 30-year veteran musher Dotty Dennis and her dogs for an exciting and memorable winter adventure. The five-mile rides last about an hour - depending on how fast the track is. We have sleds available with a load limit of 375 pounds each which is approximately two adult size people and one or two small children. Daily by reservation only. $100 for adults and children over 60 pounds and $50 for children under 60 pounds with a minimum charge per sled of $185.00, under 3 years old - free. Box trail lunch can be provided with advance notice for only $10.
      • Gardnerville, NV - Call: (775) 782-3047 for reservations and details.
  • Running Creek Sled Dogs
    • Dog sled rides that tour the meadow at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Prices are $45.00 per child (under 60lbs.) and $85.00 for adults (toddlers 2 and under and infants ride free with a paid adult). Running two teams of purebred Siberian Huskies, each ride runs between 35 and 40 minutes. We can accommodate infants, elderly and the physically challenged. Please make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. First ride available is at 8:00am and the last ride is at 11:00am. Bring your cameras/ video cameras and we will stop and take pictures for you.
      • At the entrance of Kirkwood Mountain Resort: 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA. E-mail or Call: (775) 266-4720 for reservations and details.
  • Sierra Sled Dog Adventures
    • Sit back in a comfortable sled while an experienced musher guides a team of strong, friendly huskies through pristine forests and meadows of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Glide through the backcountry of Tahoe National Forest under blue skies of mid-day or take the full moon tour and experience the forest floor in the soft, ethereal glow of moon light. Depending upon the package, backcountry dog sled tours run between 45 minutes and 2 hours. Rates: 4 mile tour $60, 7 mile tour $100, 18 mile tour $240. Exact departure sites vary upon tour but are typically north of Truckee.
      • Truckee, CA - Call: (530) 412-3302 for details and reservations.

Ice Skating

  • Olympic Ice Pavillion
    • This 100' x 200' Ice Rink overlooks the Lake and is located at High Camp at Squaw Valley. The rink hours are from 11:00am to 9:00pm. The rink is also available for private ice skating lessons, broomball and private rink closures. Cancellations within 48 hours of rink closure must pay 100% of the contracted price.
      • High Camp, Squaw Valley USA, Olympic Valley, CA - Call: (530) 581-7246 for details or for group sales - (530) 581-7107.
  • Resort at Squaw Creek
    • Experience outdoor ice skating at this all-natural, beautiful rink. Can be reserved for large groups and parties and is open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm weather permitting.
      • 400 Squaw Creek Rd., Olympic Valley, CA - E-mail or Call: (530) 583-6300 ext. 6813 for details.
  • South Tahoe Ice Arena
    • The South Tahoe Ice Arena is a full service state of the art ice skating facility. This facility consists of a regulation NHL size sheet of ice, locker rooms, snack bar, retail store, arcade and party rooms. This public facility offers ice skating and hockey lessons as well as public skate sessions. And what a better place to hold your child's birthday party.
      • 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA - E-mail or Call: (530) 542-6262 for reservations and details.
  • Village Ice Rink at Kirkwood
    • Take in breathtaking views while gliding across Kirkwood's 6000' Village Ice Rink. The outdoor rink is open throughout the winter, weather permitting, Friday-Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and 6:00pm on Saturdays and Holidays. Adults pay $6 for a two hour session, or $9 with skate rentals. Children are $6 (price includes skate rental if needed). Please add $3 during holiday periods.
      • Located at Hwy. 88, Kirkwood, CA - Call: (209) 258-6000 for details.
  • Village at Northstar year-round Ice Skating Rink
    • Located at the heart of the Village at Northstar, the ice rink is the place to gather with outdoor fire pits, a s’mores kiosk, boutiques and restaurants surrounding it on all sides. Perfect for an après ski outing, the 9,000 square foot rink is open days and evenings and will also offer entertainment on select dates throughout the season. The ice-skating rink provides entertainment and activity value for the Northstar Resort guest. In summer months, it transforms into a roller-skating rink, and can be matted up for events such as wine tastings, farmer’s markets, and art shows in the Village.
      • Skate rentals are $5 and skating is free.
      • Call (530) 562-3689 for more information.

Guided Snowmobile Tours and Rentals

  • Lake Tahoe Snowmobiles
    • Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours has been expertly guiding tours since 1985, and is North Lake Tahoe's premier snowmobiling operation. Our exciting tours are designed for all ages and ability levels, and travel on over 100 miles of trails through the pristine National Forest offering spectacular views of the entire lake. Tours are scheduled for 3 times a day (11am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 4:30pm).
      • Located at the Summit on Hwy 267 (between Kings Beach and Truckee), Truckee, CA. E-mail or Call: (530) 546-4280 for details.
  • Cold Stream Adventures Inc.
    • Friendly, personable, family owned company that leads 2 hour tours outside of beautiful Truckee. Cold Stream also specializes in customized all day tours, personalized by you, group functions (including business) and access to a wilderness lodge. Curve around corduroy and visit secluded areas. Take in the beauty of a winter blue sky and freshly dropped powder. Then, stop by Cold Stream's private 2 bedroom cabin and indulge in some warm refreshments and snacks, provided by Cold Stream, and kick your feet up for a while - a great finishing touch to an adventure filled day. 2 hour tours begin at 11:00pm and 1:00pm. Please arrive one hour early.
      • 11760 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA - Call: (530) 582-9090 for details and reservations.
  • Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters
    • Take a wilderness snowmobile adventure on over 200 miles of groomed trails weaving through 650 square miles of Tahoe National Forest. Off trail, you can experience incredible high mountain cross-country riding on untracked powder. We'll be operating 7 days a week. Experience the backcountry magic of winter on our totally private trails. The skies are blue, the snow abundant, and the ride is unforgettable. Tahoe Holidays and Christmas dates fill early. Backcountry snowmobile overnight lodging available.
      • E-mail or Call: (530) 546-8667 for details and reservations.
  • High Sierra Snowmobiling
    • During the winter months be sure to come visit our snowmobile track and rentals. This is a great fun-filled idea for family groups as everyone can take a turn on the smooth snowmobile track with beautiful views of Lake Tahoe while you ride! Rentals are available by the 1/2 hour and cost $50.00. No reservations are required, as we operate on a first come, first serve basis.
      • Located at the Old Brockway Golf Course, 7900 N Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA. E-mail or Call: (530) 546-9909 for more information.
  • Lake Tahoe Adventures
    • Scenic backcountry tours led by experienced, professional guides. Drive ATV's in the Pine Nuts or the dramatic desert of Nevada, snowmobile in beautiful Hope Valley, or ride in a rugged Jeep or the amazing Hummer. Reservations required. Tours available 7 days a week, year-round.
      • Located at 3071 Hwy 50, South Lake Tahoe, CA. E-mail or Call: (530) 577-2940 for more information.
  • Tahoe Snowmobiles
    • For those with the proper towing vehicle, the snowmobiles and trailers are included in your rental. This gives you the freedom to ride at any of the designated snowmobile area. Easy ride-on/ride-off trailers are included with multiple snowmobile rentals, along with safety tips, riding instruction and a map.
      • Located at 900 Ski Run Marina, Suite #102, South Lake Tahoe, CA. E-mail or Call: (530) 544-5449 for more information.
  • Zephyr Cove Snowmobile Center
    • Snowmobiling at Lake Tahoe's Zephyr Cove Resort puts you on top of the world! Glide through towering pine and aspen on the South Shore's only lake view trails. Fun for everyone, with routes for first time riders as well as experienced snow mobilers. Group rates available. Ask about tour and cruise options.
      • Located at Hwy 50 at Zephyr Cove Resort, Zephyr Cove, NV - Call: (800) 23-TAHOE or (775) 589-4908 for more information.

Snowmobiling Areas

  • Blackwood Canyon Area
    • Take Hwy. 89 south of Tahoe City approximately 4 miles to Sno-Park fee parking on right at Kaspian Point. Ride west up level road approximately 2.5 miles, left across bridge over creek up Barker Pass Road to large open areas, some steep bowls, and many roads. Riding level: intermediate to advanced.
  • Area of Fiberboard Freeway and Mount Watson
    • Limited parking and access via A trail at Tahoe City Golf Course off of Fairway Drive. Inquire at golf course. Limited parking behind Agate Bay subdivision and other points in Carnelian Bay area. Good access at top of Hwy. 267 - ride west on "Fiberboard Freeway" (groomed road), to Tahoe City, Truckee, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mt. Watson and more. Easy to ride 50+ miles per day in this area. Limited parking, good access at end of Regency Way off Hwy.267. Go up from Regency Way about a mile to "Fiberboard Freeway." Riding levels: beginner, intermediate, and some advanced. There are many old lumber roads in this area.
  • Martis Peak Area
    • Best access and limited parking about one quarter mile north of the Brockway Summer below top of Hwy. 267 on the Truckee side of the summit. Other possible accesses are on the Tahoe side of this summit. No groomed trails there, but many old lumber roads exist. A rider can go from Hwy. 267 clear over to Glenshire area in Truckee,. or to the foothills of Mt. Rose area. Riding level: intermediate and advanced. Take a good Tahoe map as it's easy to get lost out there. Some fantastic lake views.
  • Area North of Truckee
    • Drive up Hwy. 89 heading for Quincy. Various launching sites are along the road at Prosser Lake, Hobart Mills, etc. A large Sno-Park (permit needed) is found on Hwy. 89 about 14 miles north of 80 at Little Truckee Summit. Groomed roads lead back in to hundreds of miles of backcountry riding. You can ride about 30 miles to Basset's station on Hwy. 49 for lunch and gas. You can climb Mt. Lola at 10,300 ft., cruise the trail system out by Weber Lake, ride the ridges at Independence Lake and much more. Prom Prosser Site you can go east or west of Hwy. 89 to open areas and play hills when there is good snow coverage. Riding levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
  • Eldorado National Forest and Tahoe National Forest
    • Winter is a beautiful time to explore the Lake Tahoe's National Forests. Miles of roads and trails offer excellent opportunities for winter enjoyment. With a minimum snow pack of 12 inches, motorized snow travel is permitted in most areas, barring all ground contact.
    • A Topographic map is recommended if you are not familiar with the riding areas. Topo maps are available at the following locations:
      • Visitors Information Center, 245 N Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA(530) 583-3494
      • Alpenglow, 415 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA (530) 583-6917
      • Mountain Ace Hardware, 11320 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA (530) 587-4844
      • Placerville Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest, 4260 8 Mile Rd., Comino, CA (530) 644-2324
      • Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Dr., South Lake Tahoe (530) 543-2600

Sledding, Saucers & Tubing

  • Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe
    • South Lake Tahoe's premier Sledding Hill and Snow Play Area. We have over 40 acres of winter wonderland at a base elevation of 7200 feet. We have 14 machine groomed sledding runs, plowed parking, restrooms and a concession stand. Best of all, we only charge $15 per vehicle to park - use of the sled hill is free of charge! Guests may bring their own sled, or purchase one from us. We are open seven days a week, weather permitting. Our hours are 10am-5pm weekdays, and 9am-5pm weekends and holidays.
      • Located at the top of Echo Summit on Highway 50, just three miles east of Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort. Call (530) 659-7217 for details.
  • Adventure Peak at Heavenly Lake Tahoe
    • The first part of the adventure is simply getting there! The 2.4-mile ride up the mountainside in the Gondola is one trip you'll never forget. The second part of the adventure is the park itself, complete with snow tubing, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and a 25-foot rock climbing wall!
      • Located at Hwy 50 at Heavenly Way, South Lake, CA - Call: (775) 586-7000 or  for details.
  • Boreal Mountain Resort
    • Boreal’s Playland sledding area combines sledding tradition with convenience to produce nothing but smiles for the whole family. Equipped with groomed sledding lanes, portable bathrooms and quality sleds, Playland is a place where the whole family can enjoy the snow. Located at the far end of Boreal’s parking lot, Playland is the perfect place for sledding fun. Playland Park is open from 10am to 4pm during the regular winter season when conditions permit.
      • Located off Hwy 80, Truckee, CA - Call: (530) 426-3666 for details.
  • Granlibakken Ski Area
    • Granlibakken's sledding and snowplay area is the perfect way for kids and adults to feel the rush of a Tahoe winter. Sledding down Granlibakken's machine-groomed terrain makes for a safe day filled with laughs and smiles. Just bring your boots and warm clothing, Granlibakken rents sleds for $4 a day.
      • Located at 625 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, CA - Call: (530) 581-7533 for details.
  • Hansen's Resort
    • The run is approximately 400 ft long and is fun for all ages with a walkway up the side of the run to come back up. Runs are groomed daily, with high "walls" and a small hill below to stop you. We have toilets, a large parking lot and a snack shop for your convenience. Open daily (weather permitting) from 9 am to 5 pm, and we are open on all holidays including Christmas & New Year's day.
      • Located at 1360 Ski Run Blvd., near Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe, CA - Call: (530) 544-3361 or e-mail for details.
  • Incline Village Snow Play Area
    • This is a very gentle hill and you must bring your own equipment.
      • Located at Fairway Blvd., next to the Chateau Clubhouse, Incline Village, NV.
  • Kingvale Tubing and Sledding Center
    • Designer and manufacturer of the "Stinger" fun park grooming implement. They use the Stinger to carve and maintain some of the most exhilarating and innovative tubing lanes in existence. They have 5 lift-served tubing lanes and several groomed sledding lanes. All sledding devices are provided, and outside equipment is prohibited. Snack bar on site. New activities include night tubing and snowmobile tours. Open Friday through Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
      • Located at 1-80 Kingvale exit, Kingvale, CA - Call: (530) 426-1941 for details.
  • Northstar-at-Tahoe Tubing Hill
    • There's nothing better than gliding down a slope on a tube, feeling the cold spray of snow in your face! In the tubing area, tubes and riders are transported by tow lift to the top of the hill. Tubing is located mid-mountain just above the Gondola. Tickets can be purchased at the Tubing Center or any Northstar ticketing location. Saucers and/or sleds are not permitted in the Tubing Area. Tickets are $18.00 the first hour and $10.00 each additional hour. Tubers must be able to ride alone (recommend at least 36" tall), and there is no double riding at Northstar.
      • Located at SR 267 Northstar Dr., Truckee, CA - Call: (530) 562-1010 for details.
  • North Tahoe Regional Park
    • Hill for sleds, saucers, tubes, etc. with a $5.00 day use fee.
      • Located at the end of National Ave., North Lake Tahoe, CA - Call: (530) 546-0605 for details.
  • Tubing at Sierra-at-Tahoe
    • Nothing beats racing family and friends down the hill in a gigantic doughnut. Tubing at Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort is notably one of the highest thrill activities available. Tubing lanes include 425-feet of high banked turns, rollers and a surface so slick and quick that the tube and its passenger are nothing but a blur of smiles. Tubing lanes are open daily, weather and conditions permitting. This tubing hill provides a lift system for those who love to play in the snow, but don't ski or board. The tubing hill also rents out winter clothing. Children under 42 inches will need to be accompanied by an adult.
      • Located at 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd., Twin Bridges, CA - Call: (530) 659-7453 ext. 0 for details.
  • Slide Mountain Tube Park
    • The Kirkwood family tubing park is located near Red Cliffs Day Lodge, close to the heart of the Village, and offers fun for all ages on weekends and holidays. Serviced by a handle tow, the park takes the effort out of tubing as guests relax and enjoy the ride both up and down the hill. Tubes are provided. One hour passes are available for $10 and can be purchased at the Tubing Hill. Open Saturday and holidays from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.(hours approximate).
      • Located at Hwy 88, Kirkwood, CA - Call: (209) 258-6000 for details.
  • Soda Springs Winter Resort
    • Snow Tubing area that offers tow system and special runs with banked turns. Easier runs also available for the timid. Open from 10am-4pm.
    • Planet Kids for Soda's little visitors. For kids under 42" tall, Soda now has a tubing carousel open weekends & holidays from 10am to 3pm. Designed for ages 10 and under, kids can enjoy a tubing lane, tube carousel and Planet Kids' main feature is a new "Moving Carpet" designed to help kids go up the small slope and they'll teach them how to get down. Just a short 40 foot slope gives us plenty of room for kids to learn to stop and turn. Rental equipment is included and located right at Planet Kids. Look for the flags in the base area of Diamond Peak. $10 per day per child.
    • Mini Snowmobiles - Kids ages 6-12 - can hop on their very own pint-sized snowmobile and try out the sport of snowmobiling - kid style. Soda offers a circular track to contain our little drivers and helmets are provided. $7 for 10 laps.
      • Located at 1-80/Soda Springs exit, Truckee, CA - Call: (530) 426-3901 for details.
  • Spooner Summit
    • Offers a large area to sled, slide or tube on with your own equipment.
      • Located at the corner of Hwy 50 and Hwy 28, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
  • Squaw Valley USA Tubing Hill
    • Come cruise the white stuff on our custom snowtubes. If you've never "tubed" before, it's a blast. Turn left at the first parking lot bridge towards the Papoose Learning Center. Two tubing lanes are maintained providing tubers a variety of thrill levels. The snow tube park operates from 11am to 3pm daily, weather permitting. A 1 hour session is $10.
      • Located at the Papoose Learning Center at Far East, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley, CA - Call: (530) 583-6985 for more information.
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