Permit Required November to May
You want to spend as much time as possible playing in the mountains, so why waste your energy looking for a place to park? Whether there’s snow up to your eyeballs or not a flake to be seen, you’ll enjoy easy access to prime snow-play areas and skiing/hiking trails with a Sno-Park permit.
The Sno-Parks program, operated by California State Parks in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, CalTrans and various community organizations, provides access to plowed lots at 19 Sierra Nevada locations, 12 of them in the Tahoe Basin. Some Sno-Parks are merely places to park your vehicle while you take to the woods on skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles, but many offer access to groomed trails and sledding hills for families.