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Snow play places around Reno / Tahoe

By December 20, 2013

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The mountains are calling with a blanket of snow. It's time to take the kids out to one of the snow play areas close to Reno.

Tahoe Meadows snow play area near Mt. Rose Tahoe Meadows snow play area near Mt. Rose.
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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. Some fairly close ones Tahoe Meadows Recreation Area, Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area, and Incline Village snow play area.

If your outing takes you 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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