While the Reno Tahoe area is known for its world-class skiing, there are plenty of other options for playing in the snow. If you’re driving to Reno from the Bay Area, plan a rest stop at one of the sno-parks along the way. These areas are maintained and provide parking for those who need to stretch their legs or want to venture out for some sledding, tubing or snowshoeing.
In addition to these designated sno-parks, several area resorts offer tubing hills and other snow fun for kids of all ages. Whether you want to stop on your way to or from Reno Tahoe, or decide to make a day trip for some wintertime fun, these snowplay areas are conveniently located just a short drive from downtown Reno.
This tubing park has both all-day and 90-minute scheduled sessions to choose from, groomed hills and two moving carpets for easy access to the top of the hills. Tubes are available for rent as personal sleds and tubes are not permitted.
The Tube Town snow tubing area has up to 20 lanes and a surface lift to take you back to the top of the hill. Plant Kids is a snow playground with tubing carousels, tubing lanes, snow volcanoes to climb and more snowy fun.
This sno-park is at the Boreal ski area turnoff and is open for all to use with either a day permit or annual pass. The lot is well-maintained and restrooms are available. If you plan to stop at Donner Summit Sno-Park, you will need to bring your own tube or sled.
Located at the top of the gondola, Heavenly’s tubing hill is over 500 feet long and has a magic carpet to take you back to the top. For some additional wintery fun, put on a pair of ice skates and zoom around the Heavenly Village ice rink. Ice skating in Tahoe is a wintertime favorite.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this snow park is conveniently located in Truckee and offers established tubing lanes as well as usage of tubes, sleds and other snow toys. Guests can also refuel at their food truck, TD Eats, serving hot food and drinks on Saturdays and Sundays.
A local favorite, the open meadows and hills just west of Mount Rose Summit along Hwy 341 are perfect for sledding, tubing, snowshoeing and more. There is no charge to park and use this area, but it does fill up quickly and you will need to bring your own equipment.
Hours and features of all snow parks and snow play areas are subject to change.