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  • Kingvale is the closest snow play area to the Bay Area. Right off of I-80 at exit 171, it's close enough for day trips, and well before Donner summit so you can usually get here without needing chains.
  • Kingvale was one of Tahoe's original ski areas, founded in the 60's, but has gone through multiple ownership changes over the years. We're reopening this winter for skiing and snowboarding for the first time in decade!
  • While much smaller than nearyby resorts (such as Squaw or Northstar), Kingvale is great for families looking for an authentic introduction to winter sports, with perfect terrain for first time skiers and snowboarders.
  • Like all Snow Schoolers locations, Kingvale offers affordable skiing & sledding options in Tahoe. Enjoy sledding for just $15, lift tickets for $50, and private lessons starting at only $80!
  • We have very minimal indoor facilities, but since there's still a pandemic going on, we hope that's not what you're looking for anyhow. We do have a handful of propane heaters with outdoor seating, and plenty of hot cocoa from the food truck!
  • All ski lift tickets include free all-day sledding. The sled hill is fully supervised with staff at the top and bottom to ensure the safety of both active sledders and unwitting bystanders.

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1hr Privates

Starting at $80
  • Most popular
  • Dedicated private instructor
  • Flexible start times:
    830am, 945am, 11am, or 1230pm
  • Lift ticket included
  • Add up to 4 friends or family members for +$50/pp

Full-day Privates

Starting at $350
  • Most convenient
  • Lesson time: 10am - 4pm
  • Split up day as you wish (lunch & hot cocoa breaks, etc.)
  • Lift ticket included
  • Add up to 4 friends or family members for +$50/pp

All private lessons can include up to 5 people.

Lesson prices at Granlibakken and Kingvale are identical and detailed below, but please be sure to select the appropriate destination. To review the full pricing options for Homewood or any other mountains, please visit the resort detail page (e.g. Homewood).

ATTENTION: If you are interested in a midweek lesson (Tues-Thurs), we may have instructor availability but are only taking requests by phone or email. Please shoot us a quick email at [email protected], and we'll be happy to confirm availability and assist you with your reservation.


Looking for sledding tickets? Advance tickets are recommended (but not required) due to pandemic-related capacity constraints.

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Holidays Rates apply to: Dec 19-Jan 3, Jan 16-18, and Feb 13-21
Daily Rate
1hr Early-bird (845am) $80 $100
1hr Privates (10am, 1115am, 1230pm) $110 $140
Half-days (10am or 115pm start) $220 $280
Full-days (10am start) $350 $400
Daily Rate
1hr Early-bird (845am) $100 $125
1hr Privates (10am, 1115am, 1230pm) $140 $175
Half-days (10am or 115pm start) $280 $350
Full-days (10am start) $400 $500


Due to the pandemic, group lessons are unavailable.

Sledding at Kingvale

Safe Snowplay for All Ages

  • Our hill is groomed daily by our dedicated snow operations staff.
  • Fencing separates the sled hill into distinct zones for various degrees of speed. Each zone has staff members at the top and bottom ensuring that all guests remain safe.
  • The "Primetime" zone has a capacity constraint of 150 active sledders at a time, due to state social distancing requirements. All sledding tickets include a dedicated 1.5hr time slot to access this zone. During the rest of the day, if the Primetime zone is at capacity, you are permitted to sled in all other zones, which are big enough that we do not anticipate any capacity constraints.
  • Sledders are not permitted to use the ski lifts.
  • Only specific sled types are allowed to maxmize safety. Sleds can be purchased at the hill for $25, we do offer scholarship sleds for local Placer & Nevada county students.

How to Purchase Sledding Tickets

  • Tickets are $20 per person throught the winter, and $25 on holidays.
  • Online Tickets
    • Our online ticketing system will be available by Dec 1st!

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  • In-person
    • We prefer but do not require advance reservations for sledding tickets. Tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card at the ticket-window.

Pandemic Policies

Pandemic Pledge:

  • Masks - I will wear a face covering on the ski and sled hill at all times. This includes both indoor and outdoor spaces, except when eating or drinking.
  • Social Distancing - I will physically maintain at least 6 feet from other guests.
  • Hygiene - I will wash my hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after using shared spaces like restrooms.
  • Symptoms If I am not feeling well at all, I will stay home.

Where is Kingvale?


How to Get Here
  • By Car
    • From Sacramento: 1hr 25min from Sacramento International Airport (SAC). Simply get onto I-80 East and lookout for exit 171.
    • From San Francisco: 2hrs 40min from downtown San Francisco. Also I-80 East the hole way, and you'll see the hill on the right as you approach exit 171.
    • From Reno: an easy 50min trip from Reno International Airport (RNO). Take I-80 West past Truckee, continue up and over Donner summit, and continue until exit 171.
  • Rideshare (Uber or Lyft)
    • From Truckee: 19min (with no traffic, expect up to 40min if there's significant snow; chain control is often in effect over the summit.
    • From Tahoe City: 35min from downtown Tahoe City. Expect well over an hour on busy weekend days, as 89-North gets very congested from Squaw/Alpine traffic.
  • Best Airports
    • Reno (RNO) - closest option with direct flights from most major US airports (LAX, Chicago, Salt Lake, Denver, Seattle, Dallas, New York, etc.)
    • San Francisco (SFO) - service to/from any major international airports.

Mountain Stats

  • Hours of Operation: 8:30am-4pm daily
    • The ski hill closed midweek Tues-Thurs except for holidays.
    • The ski hill open 7 days/week during holidays.
    • Sledding remains open 7 days/week all winter round.
  • Surface Lifts: 2 (one magic carpet, one rope tow)
  • Vertical feet: 400
  • Skiable terrain: 200 acres
  • Beginner terrain: 2 trails
  • Intermediate terrain: 4 trails
  • Advanced terrain: 0 trails

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