Snowy mountains mean one thing for kids: FUN! Local Sno-Parks offer many options for fun in the snow, from sledding to snowmobiling to cross-country skiing. These snow-cleared parking lots provide direct access to cross-country ski trails, snow play areas, and snowmobile routes for a $5 a day vehicle fee ($25 for the season.) For maps and information visit www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.
You can also receive a Sno-Park guide by calling the Sno-Park Hotline at (916) 324-4442. And don’t forget to check on road conditions before you leave by calling (800) 427-7623 for a CALTRANS recording of highway conditions.
Here are a few local spots to visit on your next family snow day:
Balsam Meadows – North side of Highway 168 east of Camp Edison and 55 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. This is the best place for sledding and snowman building on Hwy. 168. Limited cross-country skiing. No snowmobiling. 841-3134
Tamarack – South side of Highway 168 and 60 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing, and limited snow play. 855-5355
Coyote – North side of Highway 168, and 61 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Cross-country ski area with limited snow play. No snowmobiles. 855-5355
Eastwood – East side of Highway 168 at Huntington Lake Road, 75 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Cross-country ski trails, dog sledding, and limited snow play. 855-5355
Huntington Lake – West side of Huntington Lake off Highway 168, 78 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Cross-country ski trails, dog sledding, and limited snow play. 855-5355
Tenaya Lodge – On Highway 41 in Fish Camp. Free to use the kiddie hill and the big hill if you have your own sled. Disc rentals available, $15 for half day, $25 for full day. Weather dependent. 692-8985