You don't have to be cooped up at home with the kids when we have so many cool snow play areas close to Reno.
Photo © Stan White
You'll find some great tubing and sledding hills on public land in the Lake Tahoe area. As long as you are on the Nevada side, it's free to enjoy a play day in the snow. A couple of these are Tahoe Meadows and Spooner Lake.
If you venture across the state line into California, be sure to get a SNO-PARK permit if you plan to play at one of the places where they are required. It's only $5 a day and you get a plowed parking area and sometimes other amenities. Many of these areas are also good for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
There are snow tubing and sledding parks at most of the Lake Tahoe area ski resorts. Many of these offer lifts, groomed slopes, and other resort amenities, but they aren't free. Still, they can make for fun family outings for those desiring the creature comforts of a developed resort.
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