Home (Away) for the Holidays: Adventure Mountain

Toby’s all smiles at Adventure Mountain!

If you have thrill-seeking kids when it comes to sledding, you’ll want to stop at Adventure Mountain near Echo Summit on Highway 50 for great family-friendly snow play in South Tahoe. Much more than just your neighborhood sledding hill, Adventure Mountain features multiple downhill runs divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections, walking paths up to the top, and, at least when we visited, plenty of powder above the runs to blaze your own trail down from higher up.

The snow at the base of the runs has been groomed into high berms to ease you to a stop (although with enough speed, it’s possible to go all the way up and over!) and there’s plenty of space to just play in the snow (we made a killer fort). There’s a snack shack with hot drinks, candy, and hot dogs for sale (as well as gloves, hats, and helmets if you’ve forgotten them). You can also rent sleds here. Bathrooms are available near the parking lot. We liked that there were plenty of picnic tables for use, and noticed that most people brought their own lunch. Snowshoe and cross-country ski trails start at the end of the sledding area (but you’ll need to bring your own equipment…rentals were not available on-site).

The tracks are steep and fast!

Extra Tip: Most ski resorts also offer a sledding/tubing area, usually for a higher cost than Adventure Mountain. During our Tahoe review week, we were fortunate to try one: Blizzard Mountain at Sierra at Tahoe. Due to the convenient location and moderate terrain, we recommend Blizzard Mountain for very young children, and Adventure Mountain for older kids.

Date last visited: December 23, 2010

Distance from the interstate: Right off Hwy 50.

Admission: $15 per car. Quite the deal for local snow parks!

Hours of operation: Open weekdays from 10 am to 4:30 pm, and weekends from 9 am to 5 pm, weather permitting.

Directions: From South Tahoe, take Hwy 50 west toward Echo Summit approximately 8 miles.

Check out Adventure Mountain on the Pit Stops for Kids’ Kid Cam:

We visited Adventure Mountain at our own expense. Read all our articles in our Home (Away) for the Holidays series!

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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