Echo Summit Snow Play

Sledding, Tubing, Tobogganing, Building Snowmen

Rental Gear

Powder House Ski and Snowboard
4045 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 542-6222
Powder House Ski and Snowboard
Saucers $5, Sleds $7
Child or adult ski clothing, $10 per item










Playing in the Snow

Finding a safe and relaxing place to play in the snow can sometimes be a challenge. Fortunately for those who are close to Highway 50 and Echo Summit there are several great choices for sledding or just goofing around in the snow. At the top of Echo Summit are two developed snow play areas, Adventure Mountain and Sierra at Tahoe's Blizzard Mountain. Both have groomed sliding hills with the convenience of nearby facilities to make your day in the snow enjoyable. A third choice as the summit is to take advantage of the SnoPark.

For those who would rather not drive as far as Echo Summit, there are a number of opportunities for snow play at lower elevations. These places are dependent on the snow level and on the availability of parking.

Echo Summit Sno-Park

Echo Lake Sno-Park at Echo Summit serves as a great base for taking children to the snow. Unlike most other spots along the highway, you can be sure the lot will be plowed and there are restrooms available. The Sno-Park is on the north side of Highway 50. The parking lot on the south side of Highway 50 is now part of Adventure Mountain, a snow play area.

Photo of Echo Lake Sno-Park, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Sno-Parks are parking areas maintained in the winter to allow people to park safely and pursue winter activities such as cross-county skiing or snow shoeing. They have pit toilets available. To use a Sno-Park you must have a permit. You can purchase a day permit for $5 or an annual pass (Nov. 1 - May 30) for $25. They are good at any California, Oregon, Washington, or Idaho Sno-Park.

Near Echo Summit you can be purchase Sno-Park permits at the following places:

  • Kyburz Min Mart and Towing 13686 Highway 50, Kyburz
  • Sunrise Ski and Snowboard, 3202 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe
  • Tahoe Paradise Chevron, 2986 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe
  • Pacific Ranger District, 7887 Highway 50, Pollock Pines
  • Placerville Ranger District, 4260 Eight Mile Road, Camino

For a complete list of locations that sell Sno-Park permits in California, see
California Sno-Park Vendors
Permits may also be purchased online for an additional $1.95 at
Sno-Park Permits.

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Adventure Mountain - 2016-2017 Season

Adventure Mountain is a snow play resort with 40 acres of machine groomed sledding and play areas. It is located immediately at the top of Echo Summit on the south side of the highway. You can bring your own sleds or rent or buy theirs. For safety reasons, wooden and metal sledding devices are not permitted. Adventure Mountain's store sells toddler's through adult's snow clothing, including boots.

Adventure Mountain sign

Hours: Weekdays 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Weekends and Holidays 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Prices: $30 cash only per vehicle entry fee which includes parking and use of sledding hill.
Additional fees for oversized vehicles, e.g. RVs, buses, large vans. Drop-offs or Walk-ins are charged the regular parking fee.

Adventure Mountain Facilities

  • 15 machine groomed sledding runs for sleds, saucers, or tubes
  • Space for building snowmen and just frolicking in the snow.
  • Plowed parking lot, well back from Highway 50
  • Concession stand with snacks, beverages, light lunch selections
  • Beginner snowboarding hill
  • Sled and tube rentals available, or bring your own (but no wood for metal sliding devices)
  • Adventure Mountain Day Lodge with store, cafe, restrooms, party room, and spectacular views of Lake Tahoe

2-Person Sled Rental: $12 for the day
Tube Rental: $25 for 2 hours or $30 for the day
Helmet Rental: $8 per day
Snowshoes with Poles Rental: $18 per day
Adventure Mountain
General Information: (530) 659-7217   Recorded Message: (530) 577-4352

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Blizzard Mountain

Blizzard Mountain is a developed snow play area, part of Sierra at Tahoe ski resort. You can use their beginner sliding hill, play in the snow, and for a little extra rent a tube and take advantage of their lift and the bigger hill.

Blizzard Mountain sign

Hours: Weekends only 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Prices: $15 admission to Blizzard Mountain - snowplay and beginner sliding hill
or $30 for admission + 2 hours of tubing on the tube hill with use of lift and tube rental
2-hour Sessions from 10 AM to 12 PM, 12 PM to 2 PM, and 2 PM to 4 PM
The number of 2-hour lift tickets sold is limited, so arrive early to ensure your time slot. Children under 42 inches are free but will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Blizzard Mountain Facilities

  • 2 Tubing lanes with rope tows up the hill
  • Space for building snowmen, sledding on your own without lifts, and just frolicking in the snow.
  • Free parking and access to Sierra at Tahoe facilities
  • Visits from Ralston the snow bear


Blizzard Mountain
(530) 659-7453 ext. 208

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Find Your Own Snow Play Area

After roads have been plowed, many small turnouts become available that give access to some nice snow play areas. Be sure to park completely off the highway. Few of these places have restrooms nearby.

two kids sliding down snow hill on suacer

While the snow level is usually around 4,000 feet in the winter, it can vary greatly. Snow as low as 2000 feet occurs several times every winter and during warm rain periods the snow line can be as high as 6,000 or 7,000 feet.

Ice House Road

When the roads have been cleared of snow you often can find places along Ice House Road. At the end of the road at Loon Lake are parking areas, a warming hut, and restrooms.

Sly Park

When the snow level is unusually low, there are areas of National Forest land around Sly Park where you can play in the snow.

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Snow Play on Donner Summit and
Carson, Ebbetts, & Sonora Passes

Donner Summit

At the north end of Lake Tahoe around Donner Summit (Interstate 80) are a number of wonderful snow play areas for children. Soda Springs is among the best in the state. Sliding hills are also found at Boreal and Tahoe Donner. To find out about all the snow play opportunities, see Around Donner Summit.

Carson Pass

On nearby Carson Pass there are four Sno-Parks and lots of little hills just right for sliding. Find the information on Up and Over Carson Pass.

Ebbetts Pass

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway (Highway 4) to the south has two Sno-Parks, both near Bear Valley. The Bear Valley Cross Country Ski center has a sliding hill. For casual snow play there are numerous places along Highway 4 to pull over and enjoy the snow.
Get details at Ebbetts Pass Adventures.

Sonora Pass

Farther to the south on Sonora Pass is Leland High Sierra Snow-Play area, a developed sliding hill complete with a lodge, sliding equipment, and even lifts. All the information is on
Sonora Pass Vacations.

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