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Where to play on a snow day

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 throughout the Sierra Nevada. Each has a distinctive brown highway sign identifying its location. At each SNO-PARK, visitors can access snow-cleared parking lots and sanitation facilities. Please note that you should pack out your trash, including broken sleds!

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 1 and May 30. Visitors must display a parking permit for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK.

Day-use permits may be purchased for $15.00 or a season permit for $40.00 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.

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Where to play on a snow day

Tube Tahoe

Tube Tahoe is the home of winter fun for the whole family. At over 500 feet in length, their machine-groomed tubing lanes are some of the longest in the area. They’re located in Meyers, next to the Holiday Market.

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Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe 

This privately owned snow play area features groomed and managed sledding hills, restrooms, and parking. User fees are $40/$45 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 3 pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, from late November to April, weather and snow permitting.

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Upcoming El Dorado County Events

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Community Events Calendar

February 9, 2024
Imagination Theater Presents - Rapunzel
March 3, 2024
11:00 am Mimosa Sunday
12:00 pm Live Music, Arts, & Quality Entertainment at The Green Room Social Club
1:00 pm Placerville Elks Lodge Bingo
March 6, 2024
6:30 am Snowshoe Thompson Expedition
March 7, 2024
7:00 pm Oak Ridge High School Theatre presents Murder on the Orient Express