By Inga Aksamit, Inga’s Adventures
Tubeville, the new Alpine Meadows tubing park, opened recently in a peaceful wooded area behind the Subway lift, offering a new way to enjoy sliding on the snow.
Last weekend two lanes had been created on a slightly inclined hill, on which some school-aged children slid down, squealing as they swooped up on the berm at the end of the run. Younger children were content to slide down a gentler slope outside of the groomed lanes. Colorful tubes dotted the landscape as kids tugged their tubes up the hill for another run while parents cheered them on from the sidelines. Nestled in a thickly forested area, Tubeville is located in an attractive and protected area of the resort, away from the bustling ski activity. At the base of Tubeville are artifacts of an old ski lift, the weathered wooden lift shack and twisted metal of the bull-wheel providing a glimpse into the past.
Tickets for Tubeville cost $15 for access to the area and tubes, and are not included in regular lift tickets or season passes at Alpine Meadows. The tubing area is open Friday-Sunday from noon to 4:00 pm. The tubing area is not well marked yet. If facing the Subway lift from the Subway parking lot the tubing area is located to the left. After crossing a flat area frequently used as a dog run the Tubeville sign becomes visible.
Other North Lake Tahoe locations
Tubing and sledding are fun activities for kids, and are a great way to introduce young children to the joys of sliding on the snow. Children may find tubing and sledding less intimidating than skiing as the environment is less structured and doesn’t involve negotiating mechanical lifts. Human powered transportation is all one needs to enjoy sliding down a hill on plastic or rubber. There are several other areas in North Lake Tahoe where tubing and sledding can be enjoyed. Sled and personal tubes are generally not allowed in commercial tubing areas.
Squaw Valley has a tubing area near the Papoose Discovery Area at Far East. The tubing area is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $16 per hour.
Northstar has tubing available every afternoon from noon to 4:00 pm, and from 10:00 to 4:00 pm on weekends. The cost is $20 for the first hour and $12 for subsequent hours ($22 and $14 respectively during holiday periods). A tow lift is available to transport riders. The tubing area is located just above the Gondola.
Boreal’s Playland offers several lanes for tubing every day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (until 4:00 pm on weekends). A moving carpet transports tubers up the hill. The cost is $25 for 2 hours.
Cisco Grove Campground
Located on the west side of Highway 80, the Cisco Grove Campground offers tubing from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekends. A magic carpet conveys tubers to the top of the hill. There is an entry fee of $10 per vehicle plus $18 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, and $8 for children 5 and under. Take the Cisco Grove exit from Highway 80.
Cisco Grove near the Valero gas station
Sledding on plastic sleds and saucers (bring your own or purchase at gas station) is available free of charge on a hill adjacent to the Valero gas station on the east side of Highway 80. The hill is visible from the freeway. Take the Cisco Grove exit from Highway 80.
To reach Tubeville at Alpine Meadows in North Lake Tahoe from San Francisco by car (approximately 4 hours, depending on traffic and weather).
· Take Interstate 80 East (stay on 80 through Sacramento) and drive approximately 200 miles
· Exit at Truckee onto Highway 89 South following signs to Lake Tahoe/Tahoe City and drive 10 miles
· Turn right on Alpine Meadows Road and drive 3 miles to the end of the road
· To reach Tubeville, turn left on Chalet Rd, then right into the Subway parking lot. Tubeville is located to the left of the Subway chairlift.