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Unfortunately we do not plan to be offering any first-timer lessons at Kingvale this season. Returning customers interested in lessons should contact guest services by emailing us at [email protected]and we *might* be able to accommodate your request. Please reach out as early in advance as possible!
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 you can usually get here without needing chains or 4WD.
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 reopened for skiing and snowboarding during the 2020/21 winter season and will be opening even more great terrain this season for beginners and intermediate skiers and riders!
While much smaller than nearby 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, as well as snowshoeing for those seeking a more mellow dose of winter adventure.
Enjoy fresh eats at For Real Dough, our brand new pizza estaurant that just opened in November 2021. Especially on busy weekends, we do encourage customers to bring their own lunches or snacks, as the restaurant cannot accommodate all visitors at the same time, even with indoor dining available again this season.
While we have very minimal indoor facilities, we will be requiring masks inside the rental shop as it is fairly close quarters. Masks will fortunately not be required at all outside this season!
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.
In order to purchase a lesson or sledding ticket to enter the snow park, all guests must obvserve all local regulations regarding health & safety. Any failure to follow the necessary health & safety policies in the park will result having park privileges revoked.
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.