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 location. 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 

This privately owned snow play area features groomed and managed sledding hills, restrooms, and parking. User fees are $30.00 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. Adventure Mountain is not part of the SNO-PARK system; therefore, they do not accept SNO-PARK tickets.

Hours: MondayFriday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 9 am to 4:30 pm, from late November to April, weather and snow permitting.