Sno-parks offer easy stops for snow |

Sno-parks offer easy stops for snow

There is more to winter than just skiing or snowboarding.

Sno-parks offer plenty of snow sport opportunities, with little strain on the pocketbook. There are 22 Sno-parks to pick from in California, making sledding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling popular choices for winter fun.

The following is a list of seven parks in the Lake Tahoe area:

– Yuba Gap, located at Interstate 80, has a snow play area, sled slopes, cross country ski trails and limited downhill skiing.

– Donner Summit, located at Interstate 80, is a popular cross country ski area and allows some snowmobiling.

– Donner Lake, located at Interstate 80, features marked ski trails to Donner Lake and the Donner Party Historic Site. There is also a snow play area.

– Blackwood Canyon, located on the west side of State Route 89, is a good place to go for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

– Taylor Creek, located on the west side of State Route 89, near Camp Richardson Resort, offers cross country skiing to Fallen Leaf Lake, limited snow play and a small sledding hill.

– Echo Lake, located along the north side of U.S. Highway 50 is a great place to cross country ski.

– Echo Summit, located along the south side of U.S. Highway 50 has an elaborate sledding hill, some cross country skiing and a well-known snow play area.

With the exception of a small fee for skiing, Sno-parks are an inexpensive way to enjoy the chilly weather and get some exercise at the same time.

Sno-park permits are required and sold at Donner Lake, Donner Summit, Echo Summit and Yuba Gap.

Permits are valid at any Sno-park throughout the season. Day permits are priced at $5 and season permits cost $25. All proceeds from permit sales benefit snow removal and sanitation services.

Donner Summit, Blackwood Canyon, Taylor Creek, Echo Lake and Echo Summit allow overnight parking.

For information on Sno-parks, contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation Sno-park Program at (916) 324-1222

There are also snow tubing areas at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

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