Sierra Snow Play

Snow Saucers

Warm Hands

Children's Snow Boots

children sledding

Sierra Snow Play

During the COVID-19 outbreak most snowplay areas in California are closed.

Finding for a safe place to enjoy the snow can be a challenge. Sierra Snow Play is a compilation of all the best snow play areas in California's Sierra Nevada, from Donner Summit to Kern County. Many are commercial sliding hills with groomed slopes, lifts, attendants, and fees. Others are informal hillsides with no admission charge where riders hike to the top of the hill with their saucer or tube. All of the Sierra Snow Play areas have space for traditional snow play favorites like building snowmen and making snow angels.

Yosemite National Park Snow Play

Shaver Lake Area Snow Play

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks Snow Play

Kern County Snow Play

Mammoth Lakes Snow Play

Sierra Snow Play Cautions

While a trip to the snow is a wonderful adventure for the whole family, a few words of caution are in order. At the risk of sounding preachy, we call your attention to the following:

  1. Avoid hillsides too close to highways. Pedestrians, especially children, are in danger of being hit by passing cars. Also, parking legally off the highway is often a challenge. Sliding hills that send riders shooting off the edge of the snow and onto the pavement, of course, are obvious poor choices.
  2. Highway Rest Areas are not snow play areas. As tempting as they may be, highway rest areas do not allow snow play. The CHP has been issuing tickets.
  3. Use extra vigillance watching your children. Sliders come down the hill with very little control. Children who stand in the way at the bottom of the hill are in danger of being hit. Most dangerous are wooden toboggans which can cause serious injury.
  4. Leave the snow play area clean. Pick up all your trash, including broken saucers, food containers, and yes, even diapers. Trash left behind by visitors at some snow play areas has become a serious problem in the Sierra.

Click on the snow play area for an overview map with links to each destination, or go directly to one of the snow play destinations.

Donner Summit Snow Play

Lake Tahoe Snow Play Areas

Ebbetts Pass Snow Play Areas

Sonora Pass Snow Play

Sierra Snow Play Lifts

Playland Tubing Hill Moving Carpet, Boreal Mountain Resort, CA

Commercial snow play areas often install lifts to carry their guests to the top of the sliding hill. One of the most popular style of lifts is the Magic Carpet. The carpet is simply a circulating, ground-level conveyor. Riders stand sideways on the lift with their tube or saucer and glide slowly to the top of the hill.

The second most popular lift is a cable. Riders sit in their tubes. An attendant attaches the tube to the cable with a tether, and rider and tube are towed up the hill.