Winter in El Dorado County means snow…in some cases, lots of it. If you’re looking for places to build snowmen, sled in fresh snow, or have a snowball fight, you’re in luck. There are numerous locations throughout the region which are set up specifically for that.

California SNO-PARKs

There are 19 SNO-PARK sites along the Sierra Nevada. Each has a distinctive brown highway sign identifying its location. At each SNO-PARK, visitors have access to snow-cleared parking lots and sanitation facilities. The sites can accommodate self-guided activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and general snow play. Snow conditions determine accessibility and opportunities available at each site. SNO-PARKs are open seasonally between November 1st and May 30th. Visitors must display a parking permit for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK. Day Use permits may be purchased for $5.00 or a season permit for $25.00 from various vendors throughout California and Nevada. Check the website for a current list of where you can purchase a permit, or call the OHMVR Division at (916) 324-4442.

Adventure Mountain, Lake Tahoe (formerly Echo Summit Sno-Park)

This snow play area features groomed and managed sledding hills, restrooms, and parking. User fees are $15.00 per vehicle and there’s an extra parking fee for larger vehicles such as motor homes and vehicles with trailers. Currently, there are no season passes and no overnight parking. Sno-Park tickets will not be accepted.
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week from late November to April, weather permitting.