Leland High Sierra Snowplay
Ages: 2 and up
Cost: see website for details
Parking: Yes - free
Features: Shop, Snack Stand, Family Friendly, Restrooms
Leland High Sierra Snowplay is just a short drive from the Central Valley, with an expansive and well-groomed snow area for sledding. The park opens as soon as snow hits the foothills (the park is at an elevation of 6,300 feet) and typically remains open until April.
Those visiting the snow park may choose to purchase either a walk-up pass or a tow-up pass. The tow-up pass allows tubers to connect tubes to a lift tow that will bring the tuber up the hills with minimum effort. Those with a walk-up pass must hike up the hill to then tube down. These large hills have multiple lanes to choose from, each with their own level of excitement groomed in.
The kiddie hills are perfect for those not tall enough and maybe too apprehensive to ride the large hills. Double and even triple riding is allowed on the kiddie hills, providing visitors with a true family photo-op! Personal sledding equipment (only plastic or vinyl equipment) may be used on the kiddie hills.
An oval course on-site is specifically for mini-snowmobile rides! Children ages five to 12 weighing under 110 pounds — and for an additional fee — can jump on a mini-snowmobile and zip around the track! This attraction operates only on weekends and holidays under weather conditions.
Weekend and holiday rates are slightly higher than mid-week rates. Holiday rates apply to Winter Break (December 19th - January 2rd), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16), and President's Day (February 20). See the website for more details.
2011/2012 season hours of operation: 10am-5pm, daily.
Reviewed on 02/06/2012
It was with great anticipation that we woke on a February Saturday morning, packed up our vehicle and headed 85 miles east of Modesto to Leland High Sierra Snowplay, located in Pinecrest.
After pulling off of Highway 108, we easily found the park and a large dirt parking lot. Inside the lodge, where tickets, food, and snacks are sold, we received our lift tickets, attached them to our snow pants, and went out onto the snow as...more