Our first time here, the result of a mixed group wanting to have "a snow day" - everything considered this seemed a good choice. We were looking specifically for snow tubing for the two younger adults in the group, while the elders and the 7 month old baby just hung out and chilled. We arrived 90 minutes before closing - a little less time than we planned but it was enough this time - and promptly got to work. The snow tube slope is past far end of the one main parking lot, so the adults took off and we took time on the main lodge deck and later inside the dining area for use of the carpeted floor for a play space. Worked out well, actually. The fee for the day is $34, which is fair and includes the tube (personal equipment is prohibited). The slopes are groomed, and there is a conveyer belt to take you back up - if you're in a hurry and want to give your calves a workout, you can also walk or run back to the top. We saw video from the "youngsters" and the tubes really move !! We couldn't see them from the lodge, and they said they'd come again so I guess it's a win! The lodge itself is like s high school cafeteria - a walk through commissary with various fried foods, pizza slices or whole ones made to order, and a variety of refreshments - including beers for those frazzled parents. Overall not bad, but I would like to see a lodge where people can sit and wait - fireplace maybe ? Something more comfortable than plastic stacking chairs, for sure. Not everyone there will be skiing or snow tubing, after all. It is the oldest ski facility in California, from what I understand, and it offers a lot for kids - lessons, a "go cart" track, snow tubing small style - so it is a greater place for kids and teens to ski and all that than the backcountry tracks elsewhere offer. Conveniently located about a mile off I-80 at Soda Springs, a little south of Donner Lake.
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