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Don't bring the city to the woods: If our California forests looks littered, damaged & graffittied, we are teaching our children little respect for the land and this will have detrimental effects on our natural areas, for lifetimes to come. Teach by example. Keep garbage bags in your car at all times for litter removal. It will take only a few minutes of your time, but will show your appreciation for the earth. A family sledding day should end with this small significant task. Make sure you clean up all picnicking items, broken sleds, & soiled diapers. Don't trash California!

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Places to Ice Skate

Many, many places to Ice Skate in California, even with the moderate weather we have here on the west coast. Most places are within the confines of a urban area - indoor rink, but a few are out in the natural setting, such as Yosemite Village!
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NOTE: Plastic sleds are not biodegradable magic toys. Please recycled if/when they break. Broken sleds and disks are not to be left in the forest, as litter for wildlife to look after, nor left on the roadside for the 'ranger' to pick up.

Sled Parks / Snow Tube Parks

Alpine Slide
Big Bear Lake
on Big Bear Blvd. W of Village
toboggan-style slide with controlled speed

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Sledding Areas in California

Bring your own sled & be cautious of boulders & trees! Sled at your own Risk.
The following locations are regularly used by sledders, some of these may be private property.

Big Bear .
Along Hwy.330 & Hwy.18
various locations
Serano Picnic Area on Hwy.38,
near Observatory, North of Lake
Frazier Park frazier park snow
Lockwood Valley
several areas
Mount Pinos Recreation Area
Idyllwild .
Humber Park
several areas
Hwy.243 @
Allendale Fire Station,
down Forest Service Rd.4S02
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Mammoth .
Chair Lift 15
to the left of the chair lift
. .
Lake Tahoe taheo sledding .
South Lake Tahoe Airport on
Hwy 50 - oppposite the airport
several runs
Spooner Summit
on the way to Carson City at
Hwy 50 & Hwy 28 intersect
(Incline Village turnoff)
very steep
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Lone Pine .
Whitney Portal Rd.
at "road closed" gate, near /on
empty campgrounds roads
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Palomar Mtn .
Take the East Grade Rd
Hwy. 76 East to S-7
to avoid crowds
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Sierra Nevada .
  • Alta Sierra
  • Bear Valley
  • Kirkwood
  • La Porte
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Norden
  • Shaver Lake
  • Sierra City
  • Twain Harte
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    snow chains - don't go up without 'em

    Don't forget the snow chains for your tires - your life & vehicle depend on traction!

    No speeding; Watch for BLACK ICE! snowchains

    California WINTER: October-May. This well lit daylight work area is the optimum scenerio. Most likely you will be parked on a slant, maybe on a dirt road, at nightfall, while snowing & installing these w/ bare hands in chilly 30 mph wind. Bring work gloves. Do not attempt winter mountain driving in California without 4x4, AWD - or at bare minimum tire snow chains. Two sets of chains for a 2WD passenger car is ideal for real winter conditions. Speeds must be limited to 25 mph while wearing tire chains.

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    snow sledding areas by county California

    Alpine County

    Hwy. 88 five miles east of Carson Pass; two miles west of Junction Hwy. 88/89. Good snow play.
    info: Lake Tahoe Winter Sports, 530/ 577-2940

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    Calaveras County

    SPICER nfs
    Hwy. 4, 44 miles east of Angels Camp at Spicer Road. Good snow play.
    info: U.S. Forest Service, 209/ 795-1381

    El Dorado County

    West side of Hwy. 89 near Camp Richardson. Snow play (small sledding hill).
    info: U.S. Forest Service, 530/ 573-2600

    Hwy. 50, on south side, at Echo Summit. Popular snow play area; extensive sledding hill.
    Crowded weekends/holidays.
    info: 530/ 659-0744

    Fresno County

    North side of Hwy. 168, 68 miles northeast of Fresno. Just beyond Shaver Lake but before Huntington Lake. Inside Sierra National Forest
    Good cross-country ski area; Sled parks & numerous easy slopes

    Kern County

    Off of Interstate 5 at Frazier Park, 25 miles southwest of Lake of the Woods

    Los Padres National Forest - Mil Potrero Hwy @ Mount Pinos on the way to Pine Mountain Club

    Hwy. 155 Eastbound 30 miles, from Hwy. 99 inside Sequoia National Forest

    Los Angeles County

    Hwy. 2, Angeles Crest well beyond Mt. Wilson turnoff

    Mount Gleason Road opposite Pacifico Campgr turnoff along the Angeles Forest Hwy.

    Wrightwood area near Jackson Lake

    Mono County

    ROCK CREEK nfs
    Off Hwy. 395, 25 miles north of Bishop (7 miles up from Tom's Place). Excellent cross-country skiing. No snowmobiles. Good snow play; no sled slope. Permits may be purchased at the site.
    info: U.S. Forest Service, 760/ 873-2500

    For information on the following five Sno-Parks on Highway-168, call the Pineridge Ranger District U.S. Forest Service 209/ 855-5360. Open every day from 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Nevada County

    Hwy. I-80, Yuba Gap exit; south of freeway, at National American Snowflower Campground. Snow play area, sled slopes.
    info: available at Store, Sno-Park permits 530/ 389-8241

    San Bernardino County

    BIG BEAR / ARROWHEAD National Forests sled
    Snow Parks along Hwys. 330 & 18, near Running Springs, before Lake Big Bear; Not much near Lake Arrowhead

    San Diego County


    Meadows off Interstate 8 to Hwy S-1 / Sunrise Hwy northbound 5 miles. This area get extremely crowded due to it's proximity to the freeway. Traffic jams for miles sometimes. Adventure seekers, try coming in the backway up Kitchen Creek Rd from Interstate 8. (Sometimes this road will be open)

    Palomar Mountain - Large Meadows are best accessed by the East Grade Rd (S-7) from Hwy. 76 near Lake Henshaw

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    Shaver Lake CA
    is a small snow town, on the way up to the ski resort at Huntington Lake (East of Fresno).

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