Not skiing but still want to get out in the snow? Check out a few of our favorite snow play areas below.
The Franciscan Lakeside Lodge
You know we had to do it–the beach isn’t just for summer anymore! Snowshoe, make snowmen, or have a snowball fight on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The Franciscan provides great areas far from the roads for you and your family to have a full day of winter fun. Our cozy cabins will ensure that the whole family warms up after a day in the snow.
This 164-acre park is within easy walking distance of The Franciscan, and offers great activities like sledding, snowmobiling, and the Treetop Adventure Park. It also offers miles of groomed walking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails, as well as playgrounds, playing fields, and vast expanses of snow for you to play in. Take in the splendor of the Tahoe forest on a walk, or build a snow fort-fun for the kids and the kids-at-heart.
Just up and over Brockway Summit, before you get to Northstar, there is a small pullout with a field, a small sledding hill, and a small aspen grove. This is a popular area to sled for free, but remember to bring your own sled and pack out whatever you bring in.
Sno-parks are scattered throughout Tahoe, and offer free places to park and to play in the snow. The sno-park at Blackwood Canyon offers miles of terrain to explore via snowshoe, cross-country ski, or by hiking when the snow levels permit. There are also sledding areas, and plenty of space to build snowmen and enjoy the snow.
We’re letting you in on a local’s secret-Sugar Pine Point State Park. This state park was the site of the 1960 biathlon and some nordic ski races, and today boasts miles of peaceful trails, a gorgeous beach, and plenty of space in the forest to enjoy the white stuff.
Mt. Rose Meadows is located near the summit of Mt. Rose, off of Highway 431. The huge mountain meadow serves as a popular trailhead for snowmobilers and backcountry skiers and riders. It also offers ample space for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and walking. There is a long and gradual sled hill that is popular among visitors, and it’s a great place to play in the snow surrounded by stunning mountain scenery.