Load up the family and head for the hills at Lake Tahoe for a free snow play day. I’ve got three kids so I know the kids start to climb the walls when you spend too much time inside. Here’s one of my favorite FREE Lake Tahoe sledding areas. It’s close to Carson City and offers off-highway parking.
Load up the gear and the snacks and an outdoor chair for yourself. Pack some hot cocoa for all for a few hours of Free fun at Lake Tahoe. If this is your first ski trip, then be sure and waterproof the snow pants, find some good stuff in this list.
Spooner Summit Sledding Area
Located 12 miles from downtown Carson City, Spooner Summit crests at 7,145 feet in the Carson Range. Just pass Spooner Summit on Nevada Highway 50, Nevada Highway 28 turns off for Lake Tahoe. Find a locals spot for free sledding at the turnoff after turning onto Highway 28. During the summer this area is used as the Lake Tahoe boat inspection area.
This area features a small off highway parking area. It’s across the highway from the Spooner Lake Nevada State Park. Find a steep hill with even snow coverage that attracts kids of all ages. This area can get crowded on holidays and weekends.
Spooner Summit Sledding Area isn’t groomed so brushes and rocks add obstacles. My kids enjoy the challenge and the speed of the hill though smaller kids might be intimidated.
With a couple of areas to sled, my kids spend hours racing each other at the Spooner Summit Sledding area. This area is free but doesn’t feature trash cans or restrooms. Though find year-round pit toilets at the Spooner Lake Nevada State Park ($), across the highway.
Spooner Lake Nevada State Park
Across the highway from Spooner Sled Hill, find the Spooner Lake Nevada State Park, a picturesque area with tree along with a small lake. The year-round state park offers numerous recreation activities through the seasons.
Access groomed cross-country skiing and snow-shoing trail from Spooner Lake Trail to Marlette Lake with views of Lake Tahoe inside the park. Find parking, trash cans and pit toilets, year-round.
Located at 2005 Highway 28, Carson City. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Entrance fee of $10 per car is collected at the entrance kiosk or iron ranger.
Be Prepared for FUN
Nothing stops the fun like COLD kids. To play for hours in the snow without my carful of kids complaining, I’m prepared.
Snow clothes keep kids dry for a day of sledding, mine wear snow pants, jackets, boots and ski gloves. I pack Hot Hands for everyone and carry a full snack bag including instant cider and Cup-A-Soup along a thermos with hot water. Looking for more ideas for snacks, I’ve got 75 Best Snacks.
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More Lake Tahoe Fun for Families
Looking for more places to discover in Lake Tahoe? Got a couple of my favorite spots to share.
Know before you go:
- Bring something to sit on. I use the padded wooden toboggan while the Carful of Kids play or pack a chair.
- This is a bring your own equipment spot.
- Sled at your own risk and helmets recommended.
- Be sure to check on road conditions before you head out at NVroads.com, especially Spooner Pass.