The Owners and Management of Leland Snowplay would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to every guest that joined us this season on this hill. The early season heatwave and drought conditions took a toll on Sierra Winter Recreation, but we were able to power through late in the season and make some great snowplay memories with you.
Sadly, after careful analysis of the impact of this last warm spring storm, and future weather trends, we are forced to call it season. Honestly, we are closing at about the same time we traditionally do (early to mid-April); but due to the weather early in the season, it feels like we are just getting started. Thankfully, we had an awesome 6 week stretch to end this season, and we enjoyed every smiling face that took advantage of the hard work our staff put in every day. But, when it comes to winter recreation, Mother Nature gets the final say on when we open, the conditions on the hill, the weather, and when we close. It was a up-and-down 66-day season, and we just hope that you got to spend some time with us on one of those spectacular snow days this season.
As we close the doors on another season, we thank every dedicated employee and every loyal customer. We will spend the off-season regrouping and make preparations for next season. We earnestly hope Mother Nature has an epic winter wonderland in store for the 2018/2019 Winter Snowplay Season. For over a quarter century we strived every day to make sure Leland Snowplay remains a wonderful place to build lasting family memories in the snow. Rest assured, despite any ups and downs beyond our control, that remains our commitment. Until we see you again on the hill, please, have a fun and safe summer!!


First of all, the snow conditions are still holding up really well and we are having a great Spring Break on the hill with every one of you. Thank you to everyone who visited us. But, we have TWO IMPORTANT pieces of information for any of you late season snowplayers. Please read before planning your trip:

FIRST, we are closely monitoring the incoming storm, which is predicted to be another warm pineapple express late this week. This storm may dump several inches of rain in a short 24-36 hour span, potentially destroying the great snow conditions we have worked so hard to maintain for your Spring Break. Therefore, follow normal operations on Thursday, April 5, 2018, we will be CLOSED on Friday and Saturday (when the storm is expected to rear its ugly head). We will reevaluate conditions Saturday Evening / Sunday Morning, and determine how much longer (if at all) we can remain in operation this season. Again, the conditions right now are GREAT, with sunny weather and clear roads predicted for Wednesday and Thursday, and we hope you can take advantage of the conditions while they last.

SECOND, due to technical issues beyond our control, we are not able to accept Credit or Debit Cards today, and although we are working on the problem, we can not guarantee the problem will be resolved if you plan to visit us on Wednesday or Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience; clearly, we are not too happy with this technology issue either. For the time being we are cash-only until the problem is resolved. Please plan accordingly.

AGAIN, we are open Wednesday and Thursday with clear skies, clear roads, and plenty of snow, but we don’t have the ability to accept credit cards at this time. We are closed Friday and Saturday due to predicted downpours. We will reevaluate conditions after this storm passes. This season has been a series of ups and downs, and we want to sincerely thank everyone for bearing with us through it all!

Blue Skies… warm days… shorts, t-shirts, and sunscreen… Spring has most certainly arrived. Thankfully, March left us with enough awesome snow to remain in good shape to start April. For any Spring Breakers out there, we remain in operation all Seven Days this Week with snow conditions holding up really well, clear roads, and spring-like weather.
Because it is Spring, this is the time of year we start looking toward the end of the season. Near the end of this next week we will reevaluate, and if we can maintain good conditions another week thereafter, we certainly will remain in operation for more fantastic snowplay… and another week… and another… as long as the conditions are good and you keep coming to visit. But, in the end Mother Nature is the deciding vote on how much longer the season lasts.
This week the NWS is predicting GREAT Spring Break Weather for the first 4 days. However, we are keeping an eye on another moisture event to end the week, which may include some light snow or rain (depending on how cold and strong the storm is). So, for all the procrastinators out there, our recommendation is simply: Make your trip up here as soon as possible! There are no guarantees on how much longer the season will last. We thank everyone who has joined us so far this season, and hope we will see many more of you for a few more moments of SNOWPLAY 2018!



The beautiful Spring Weather continues, and our snow is holding up extremely well for all the Spring Break Snowplayers who have visited us this week. The March storms, combined with our snow-making, capabilities have left us in great shape for this weekend, and if your Spring Break doesn’t start until Monday, don’t worry; we will be open all seven days next week, and have every intention of remaining in operation for at least a few more weeks.
Presently, we are looking at clear, sunny skies this weekend, 100% clear roads, and lots of smiling faces on the hill; we hope you are one of those happy guests. The season won’t last forever, in fact we just received word that Cal Trans will start work on opening the Mountain Passes starting April 2; our first sign that camping, hiking, fishing, and other summer mountain fun is right around the corner. These last two or three weeks of snowplay fun will fly by fast, and we would hate for you to miss out. We hope you were able to take advantage of these conditions this season; if you haven’t… there is no time like the present to play in the snow one more time this winter season!


Seven Days a Week of Spring Snowplay by Popular Demand!!!

Due to overwhelming demand, we are making last minute preparations to open all seven days this week (including Wednesday) and next week.  Simply put, the snow and weather conditions are TOO PERFECT for us to turn away all the people who will be showing up for Wednesday Spring Break Snowplay, not realizing we are typically closed on Wednesdays.  Again, we want to reiterate, the conditions are the best this season.  The roads are clear.  The snow is awesome.  The weather is warm and clear.  And, we are OPEN all seven days this week and next, with optimistic plans to remain in operation through mid-April.  So, if you Spring Break is this week or next, and you are looking for something fun to do at a great price, then check our mid-week SNOWPLAY!



We are ending this month March in even better shape than we started the month. The weather appears to finally be clearing, which means this is the perfect chance to get up here before the season ends; you won’t regret it! For anyone worried about the rising temperatures, don’t! This March Miracle has made it possible to remain in operation for several more weeks, and we are looking at a mid-to-late-April season finale. Until then, we are are open 6 days a week and will be open all 7 days the first week in April!!  Check out these perfect conditions HERE.
Fact is that everyone who has been coming up to play these past few weeks have been having a great time, and the end stretch for this season will be awesome! DON’T MISS OUT! The roads are clear and its unlikely we will have chain controls any time soon. The days are getting longer and the temperatures will be warming, which means longer days of t-shirt snowplay. The hill is in great condition, with 100% converge, and literally tons of powdery snow.

All that said, it is Spring, and the snow won’t last forever. If you miss out, it will be a long summer of regret and mournful waiting for next winter. So, if you are looking for something fun to do for Spring Break, Easter Weekend, April Fools Day, or National No Housework Day (April 7 if you were wondering), we are ready and waiting to have a phenomenal day in the SNOW with you!


As predicted earlier this week, its been a wet week for Northern California, and its snowing on the hill as I type! Conditions remain GREAT, with full coverage on the hill and more powder falling, and even though we don’t like getting ahead of ourselves, we anticipate remaining in operation until mid-April. That gives everyone several more weeks to join us in the powder. If you don’t take advantage of the snow now, it will be a long summer of regret.
For those of you planning a trip this weekend, we are looking forward to a small break in the weather tomorrow, the possibility for continued light snow for our weekend, and clearing weather to start next week. We have tons of snow, with everything in full operation. Please consult Cal Trans fore starting your trip for the latest on road conditions. Lastly, remember that answers to 99.8% of your most common questions can be found on our website at snowplay.com.
We want to thank everyone who has enjoyed this March Miracle with us this season. The feedback from our guests has been awesome; we strive to provide a wonderful time in the snow, and your appreciation for our hard work is gratifying. We only hope everyone who didn’t make it up here in December and January will have a chance to join us for SPRING SNOWPLAY. Don’t be fooled; the snow won’t last forever, so make your plans today!!
Today is officially the first day of Spring, but apparently no one has told Mother Nature. All those December storms have finally arrived, and March has been a Winter Wonderland. As a result, we are drowning in tons snow and perfect conditions. We are 100% open 6 days a week (closed Wednesdays), 10am to 5pm, through the rest of the month and probably well into April.
In addition to our upcoming weekly posting on Thursday Evenings, we wanted to update people on the weather early so you can make you plans to join us soon. The National Weather Service is predicting a major moisture event (an atmospheric river) to bring large amounts of rain to central & southern California this week. Northern California and Leland Snowplay will be on the northern fringe and will get more moderate precipitation starting Tuesday Evening. We are expecting some rain on Wednesday (remember, we are closed Wednesdays), followed by lowering snow levels and light snow on Thursday and Friday. We will update you on this before the weekend; please check out the National Weather Service Facebook Page for more information.
Currently we are sitting on over six feet of powder on our hills, and we are expecting even more precipitation this month. But Spring is officially here, and the great conditions won’t last forever. Before you shift your focus to little league, boating, and camping, consider one more trip to visit us and take advantage of some Awesome Spring SNOWPLAY!


Can you believe this March Miracle? Mother Nature has been giving us storm after storm this month, and we are sitting on over six feet of snow on the hill, with even more snow in the forecast. The conditions are fantastic right now, and we remain open, six days a week (closed Wednesdays), for the foreseeable future.  Check out our latest video of the hill HERE.
We have had some significant weather this week, bringing us more fresh powder for your weekend and giving you an even longer snowplay season! In fact, its snowing right now, and the National Weather Service is predicting major snow activity through Friday, with subsiding weather for your weekend trip to visit us. If this holds true, we expect tons of new snow to start Saturday, and scattered light snow to start the weekend; all-in-all, a great weekend for snow play! We will be working overtime on Saturday morning to push around all this wonderful snow, so bear with us. Chain controls are currently in place near Pinecrest, but that will shift as Friday’s Storm arrives and then clears out for the weekend. Please check with CalTrans before starting your trip.
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This has been a very strange winter, but EVERYONE in our Sierra Community is thrilled with the change in the weather we are experiencing and the opportunity for Spring SNOWPLAY. Leland Snowplay, Dodge Ridge, and all of our local hotels, cabins, restaurants, and shops are in full operation and eagerly waiting for you to join us. We hope to see you soon!

Leland Snowplay started this month in great shape with 3 feet of man-made snow, and this last week Mother Nature more than doubled that number! Despite the disappointing start to the season, March is looking FANTASTIC. We are open 6 days a week (closed Wednesdays) 10am to 5pm. All our lifts and tows are open, all the tubing and sledding lanes are looking perfect, and our staff is working hard to give you the best snowplay of the season. Just check out the scenery and conditions in the video HERE!

The National Weather Service is predicting series of small, weak systems over the course of the next week, with light intermittent precipitation; a mild wintry mix which isn’t predicted to impact us much. In fact, the roads are 100% clear right now, and we are expecting that to remain true for most of the weekend. As always, please consult Cal Trans for the latest road information.

As we move deeper into March, we are expecting longer days and the slow melt of all this wonderful snow. Given the last few months, our intention is to working hard to maintain these awesome conditions for many weeks to come. In order to make that happen, we really need to see everyone who missed out on snowplay in December and January to pay us a visit this month. The conditions are great, but they won’t last forever. So, before your attention shifts to spring activities, check your calendar, and make plans for one more trip to the snow! Things are looking phenomenal on the hill, and we can’t wait to see you up here!