Tubing is a rage in North Lake Tahoe-so much so that most of the resorts have beefed up their tubing opportunities this winter. Visitors on Tahoe's north end have several options for tubing, most with the ease of riding a conveyor lift back up the hill.
Alpine Meadows debuted its all-new Tubeville snow tubing center just before Christmas. A new 265-foot-long Tiegel Carpet hauls tubers uphill for sliding down on two 300-foot-long tubing lanes. Tubeville opens noon to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets for children 12 years old and younger cost $10 while adult tickets cost $20. The tubing hill opens also for long holiday weekends, but adds $5 on to ticket rates.
Boreal's Playland added night tubing to their repertoire this winter on their six tubing lanes. Hours run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. Tubing closes at 4 on other days. Sessions, which last for two hours, cost $15 for kids 42 inches and shorter and $25 for those taller than 42 inches. Holiday weekend rates are higher.
Soda Springs' Tube Town expanded this winter, adding eight more lanes plus a popular Tubercross with berms and rollers. It's now the biggest tubing hill with 14 lanes. Tube Town is for kids and adults who are 42 inches and taller. Shorter kids can go to Planet Kids to play on the tube carousel or mini-tubing hill. All-day tubing passes at Soda Springs, which is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays and holidays, cost $25.
Donner Ski Ranch installed a new conveyor carpet for its two-lane tubing hill. It's open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $18 for a two-hour session.
Tahoe Donner's small walk-up tubing hill, which is located in the Snowplay area at Trout Creek Recreation Center, expanded food and beverage options and added new outdoor fire pits for more ways to warm up. The tubing hill opens Fridays 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5-14, depending on age.
Northstar-at-Tahoe operates one lift-accessed tubing lane about 600 feet long with three whoop-de-dos. It is located mid-mountain above the gondola and open on weekdays noon to 4 p.m. and weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lanes are about 600 feet with three whoop-de-dos. Rates run $20-22 per hour with additional hours at $12-14.
Some resorts require a minimum height or age for tubing. Check for stipulations on young children on resort websites.
Never been tubing? Check out what snow tubing is like in this YouTube video clip from Boreal.