Best Places for Sledding Near Blue Lake Springs

We are often asked by our winter guests where the best sledding hills are located.  Here is a list of sledding hills and distance from Blue Lake Springs.

Dorrington Fire station - 6.0 MIles East of Blue Lake Springs (No Fees)
Spicer Sno-Park - 20.8 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs (Sno-Park Permit Required)
Bear Valley Cross Country - 24.0 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs (Use Fees Charged)
Lake Alpine Sno-Park - 26.2 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs (Sno-Park Permit Required)
Round Valley Sno-Park - 26.2 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs (Sno-Park Permit Required)
Skyline Bear Valley Resort - 28.4 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs (Use Fees Charged)
Sno-Park permits can be purchased in Arnold at the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company and Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods.  Permits are also sold at Bear Valley Cross Country.  The cost of the Sno-Park permit is only $5 but the forest service will issue a $95 ticket for vehicles parked in the sno-park without a permit.
The Bear Valley Cross Country Sledding Hill charges $14 per person for sledding and $16 per person for tubing.  There is a $3 fee for non-sledding or tubing guests.  Sledding sessions are two hours long which is plenty of time to tire out your little ones.
Skyline Bear Valley Resort has a groomed course right off the lodge and charges $10 per hour for tubing.  Guests must be 40" tall to participate.

Dorrington Fire Station - Free

The closest sledding hill is across highway four from the Dorrington Fire station.  From The Blue Lake Springs entrance at Highway-4 and Moran road go exactly 6 miles east.  You will pass Boards crossing road and then 6/10ths of a mile later will be a Chevron gas station and mini mart.  The sledding hill is exactly 1.1 miles past the gas station.

Bear Valley Cross Country Sledding - Cost per Session

Bear Valley Cross Country hosts two sledding and tubing hills and rents equipment entry fees are charged per guest and each session is two hours long.  Fees are paid either at the sales hut at the entrance of the sledding hill, or at the Bear Valley Cross Country office which is located in the gas station store.

http://www.bearvalleyxc.com/sledding--tubing 

Fees are:

$14 per person - Sledding 
$16 per person - Tubing 
$3   per person - Non-Sledding/Tubing Guests

 

Skyline Bear Valley Tubing - Cost per Hour

Tubing at Bear Valley costs $10/hour per person.  Tickets can be purchased in the guests services office.  All participants must be at least 40" tall to participate.

https://www.bearvalley.com/tubing/ 

Tubing Hours of Operation 
Open on Weekends only (Saturday & Sunday) 
10:00 AM – 4 PM at every hour. 

Tubing is available on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited so make sure you reserve your spot early! 

 

California Sno-Parks - Requires Permit

There are three California State Sno-Parks within driving distance of Blue Lake Springs.  All Sno-parks require a day permit which can be purchased for $5, or an annual pass which is available for $25.  Passes are required from November 1 through May 30.  Sno-Parks are heavily patrolled by the forest service who will write a $95 ticket if you do not have a parking permit.

Spicer Sno-Park - 20.8 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs 
Lake Alpine Sno-Park - 26.2 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs 
Round Valley Sno-Park - 26.2 Miles East of Blue Lake Springs

Sno-Park permits can be purchased online and printed out, or purchased from a local vendor.  To purchase online browse to:

http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26911 

Or Purchase from one of the following local vendors:

Bear Valley Cross Country, 1 Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley 
Bear Valley Snowmobile, 3 Bear Valley Road (Inside Village Lodge), Bear Valley 
Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, 925 Hwy 4, Arnold 
Sierra Nevada Adventure Company, 2293 Hwy 4, Arnold