Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Adventure Mountain - Premier Tubing Destination in South Lake Tahoe

***Updated 3/1/2024
 *Base Elevation:
7,400 Feet at the top of Echo Summit

*40 Acres

*Up to 18 Machine Groomed Sledding/Tubing Lanes
(dependent on snowfall)

Location:

*My Instagram REEL of Adventure Mountain & Pretty Odd Wieners

Adventure Mountain is a premier tubing resort in South Lake Tahoe that my family and I have been enjoying for years.

Picture a day filled with laughter as you zip down massive snow slides, feeling the crisp wind against your face & your spirits soaring.

There are plenty of lanes for tubing, including a gentle section for the little ones, making it fun for the whole family.

With ample snowfall, it's the ideal spot for snow play, surrounded by a picturesque winter landscape.

The mountain has a cafe for dining & a store stocked with essentials, from bibs to snow boots.

Just a ten-minute drive away lies Pretty Odd Wieners, a beloved local hot dog food truck (located in the Shell gas station parking lot) that's been around for ten years. Every visit to the area warrants a stop here for some of the most delicious and unique hot dogs around.

I was fortunate to encounter the owner of the truck, Brian (featured in my reel), who was as cool as his creations (thanks for entertaining my kids' craziness).

What sets his hot dogs apart?
*Unconventional toppings - pork belly, Mac n cheese, & cream cheese.
*Fusion styles - Hawaiian, Chicago, Mexican, Cali, & Seattle influences.
*Alternatives - elk, boar, bison, Italian sausages, & vegan choices available.

You really can't go wrong with anything you choose.

Tubing is always a blast. Pair that with delicious food made with care, & you've got yourself the makings of a perfect day.

Snow tubing not only provides a thrilling outdoor adventure but also encourages everyone to embrace and appreciate the wonders of winter, fostering a lifelong love for outdoor activities in the snow and creating cherished memories amidst a winter wonderland.

When to Visit
-Adventure Mountain can get busy on weekends.  I suggest visiting on a weekday or getting there early before the resort opens.

Parking and Capacity
- If the entrance road is blocked off, it means Adventure Mountain is at capacity. They periodically open up access every hour, but entry is not guaranteed. Standing by the blocked roads is not permitted as it's located next to a busy highway.  Tube Tahoe is a nearby alternative if Adventure Mountain is unavailable.

-Per vehicle fees at the gate and per person fees for tubing at the gift shop
-Kids tube for free on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, limit of 2 per paying adult

Weather and Road Conditions
Ensuring favorable weather conditions and safe road conditions is key for a hassle-free trip. I recommend checking AccuWeather for upcoming forecasts. Personally, my family prefers temperatures above 35°F with minimal wind. For further details, please check out my Winter Travel Guide.

The baby slopes can be found closest to lodge.

Know Before You Go
-Be prepared for some walking uphill, as Adventure Mountain lacks a magic carpet.  Consider the needs of yourself and everyone in your party.
-Slopes cater to various skill levels, with gentler runs near the cabin suitable for kids, while steeper ones are located closer to the entrance of the park
-The lodge's current status can be checked on the website.
-For your convenice, the resort has a small shop that offers essential gear like snow boots, gloves, and beanies.
- Children under 36" inches must be accompanied by an adult.
-No outside food allowed.  I'm guessing they won't mind those that bring in food for special dietary needs.
-Purchase tickets & sign waivers at gift shop. Collect tubes at the slopes.
-Food available for purchase at the resort
-Feel free to pass over at the top to the line of your desired slope.
-Snow gear is essential for staying dry & warm.  Sometimes, snow may get caught in the tubes and melt.
-Eye protection and sunblock (especially on a sunny day) are essential
-Adventure Mountain is the best value for the money spent.
-Throughout the years, I've witnessed adults enjoying the resort even without kids.
-A set of extra clothes for each in your party may come in handy

Tube or Sled?
-For safety reasons, no outside tubes and sleds are allowed.  For convenience, the resort supplies two sizes of tubes.

Nearby Trips
-BOA Vista Orchards, open year-round, is an hour away and offers picnic spots and a variety of apple goods and beverages like cider and wine.

Alternatives
-Tube Tahoe is a more kid-friendly resort with less crowds and fewer lanes.

Gabriella Viola is a Lake Tahoe content creator who produced a fantastic video showcasing free tubing spots.

Categorized Under "Outdoor Winter Activities" and "Lake Tahoe"

Photography
©Katherine Fung,
All Rights Reserved.

*All opinions are my own
*Information subject to change

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