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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 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!

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.

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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: 3 (one magic carpet, two rope tows)
  • Vertical feet: 250
  • Skiable terrain: 20 acres
  • Beginner terrain: 5 trails
  • Intermediate terrain: 3 trails
  • Advanced terrain: n/a

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