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There’s something invigorating about spending time in the snow-covered peaks of the High Sierra. Maybe it’s the warm sunshine hitting your face or the crystals glistening below your feet. No matter the reason, it brings out the youthful spirit in all of us. Go sledding, build a snow man or just enjoy the scenery. Here’s a few places to have family fun & snow play in the High Sierra.

Tahoe Donner Resort Community


Tahoe Donner Snowplay
Image appears courtesy: Tahoe Donner Resort Community

If you’re struggling to find a family friendly base camp in Tahoe, you may want to consider the historic town of Truckee. Nestled between world-class ski resorts, it provides a charming downtown and affordable places to eat, stay & play. Speaking of play… the Tahoe Donner resort community is THE spot for families looking for more than ski, ski, ski. Offering downhill, cross-country, sledding (with SLEDS provided), tubing and even a snowball launch, it truly is a one-stop shop for the kiddos.

Deadman’s Summit

June Lake

Mono County Snowplay
Winter in the Eastern Sierra is breathtaking – Image appears courtesy: Mono County Economic Development, Tourism and Film Commission

Located halfway between Mammoth Lakes & June Lake on US-395, Deadman’s Summit is a perfect option for those looking for a great sledding hill that’s a little bit off the beaten path but still easily accessible. Not just a snow play area, it also has an interesting history. Named after a decapitated victim found at the summit in 1868, it crosses the northern rim of the Long Valley Caldera, one of the Earth’s largest calderas.

Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play Area

Mammoth Lakes

Woollys Tube Park Mammoth Mountain Snowplay
Image appears courtesy: Mammoth Mountain

Ready to glide and slide? Venture over to Woolly’s Tube Park & Snow Play Area in Mammoth Lakes. Home to the LARGEST rope tow specifically for snowtubing, there’s six groomed tubing lanes, a large snow play area to sculpt a snowman and even Woolly’s Tube Rotondo (Merry-Go-Round). The little ones and the young at heart in your family will bask in all the fun. After you’re done playing, you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa. It will be the “cherry on top” of a day full of winter amusement.

As you can see, winter-fun doesn’t need to intimidate those new to snow-fueled entertainment. These snow play areas in the High Sierra give you the opportunity to play in the snow safely AND leave you smiling.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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