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Hansen’s Toboggan & Saucer Hill in South Lake Tahoe, CA

Hansen’s Toboggan & Saucer Hill in South Lake Tahoe, CA

Specialties

Hansen's Resort is a secluded hideaway of rustic cabins with a 400 foot two lane Snow Tube and Saucer Hill sitting on approximately two acres of undeveloped California pine forest.

We are conveniently located - just minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, the ski runs of Heavenly Valley, and the casinos at State Line CA/Nevada.

Come stay and snow Tube with us - Where the Fun Begins and Ends!

History

Established in 1946.

Mr. Bud Hansen started in 1946.  The business was purchased by Guilliam Nel in 1993 and he has enjoyed watching thousands enjoy visiting his property!

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.93

Address: 1360 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Comments (41):

1. lauren h.
This is a decent option but not my fav.  The runs are short and luge like- the hike up was tricky and I am pretty steady on my feet.  On a wind day at Heavenly it is a nice little secret spot to have some fun and burn some energy.  On the corner of Ski Run and Hwy 50 is a great little coffee shop with yummy treats (Hot Gossip)- the Tahoe Bars are to die for.

19/11/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
2. Rocco B.
On our non-skiing day, we didn't want to pay $50+ to go tubing at Heavenly.  Hansens was $10 to rent a tube, so we drove over to check it out.

We showed up and were the only adults without kids, so we decided to bail for fear of being pegged as NAMBLA members.  It was a tiny tiny hill, and there was no lift to bring you back up.

Probably fun for tots though.

14/03/07 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. stephanie p.
We were here a few days before Christmas and my son who had never been tubing before had a blast, he was 5 at the time and he loved it! cheap and people who run it are very nice. the only draw is a hike up the tubing hill but other than that it is a lot of fun!

02/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. Ted B.
This place was great, and exactly what my kids (2 boys - 8 and 6) needed.  It's not for the adventure seeking adult, but perfect for my family.  Good solid, long run and even without a lot of snow, was a great time.  Yes .. the walk back up can be a little tiring, but my kids were WIPED OUT in the afternoon which is even better.  If you're looking for something fun to do with your kids and NOT spend a fortune (like they wanted at Heavenly), i HIGHLY recommend this place.

22/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Aui T.
My husband and I went here this morning. It was awesome. The old man at the slide is super friendly. We played about an hour and half because it wasn't busy. We did 'superman' slide (lay down on your tummy). Walk up to the hill killed me, but it was fun. It is worth for $10/hour.

I'm glad I keep the small local business runs.

27/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Sheryl L.
So we travel to Tahoe less now only because we can no longer afford to SPEND.... Food, lift tickets, hotel fees, GAS!!! Lordy, all a mother can ask is for a memorable authentic experience in the snow without spending a Ben Franklin for one person or even the entire family.  Hansen's Hill was just the place for an hour of laughs... and exercise.  The price was 10 bucks for myself as an adult and because both of my kids were both under 5, they rode on my lap for free.  3 rides down for each kid, and 6 trips up a dirt hill to work the calves and I'm a satisfied Mama.  Fun times... we'll be back again!

31/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Jenny M.
$10 Bucks for a well tamed ride.  The cheapest place I've ever been to.  It's a very family oriented place.  I came here on a Saturday and the lines went by fast.  If you are an extremist, this is not the place for you.

10/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Red D.
Hansen's is located literally down Ski Run Blvd on the left side. It's a great (and cheap) time for the whole family. $10 adults, and $5 for kids.  You can ride with your kids, or they can ride alone. It's a good hour or so worth of tubing entertainment.

It features two 400-foot runs. They start out with a short, steep incline, and then go off into a single curve.  After you finish the run you'll have to walk/run back up some stairs, and wait in line to do it again.  

It's pretty fun, but the 15 minute wait to do the run again can get old.  When I was there were about 20 people waiting in line to go on these runs,. It takes about 1 minute for each person to get on their tube and down the hill before the next person can go. Go early in the AM to avoid the midday crowds.  

Despite the wait time, five stars all the way around for good fun for the whole family. We (adults and kids included) had a blast .

19/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Ryan B.
Great bang for the buck. Rustic, simple, fun. Pay close attention to find it if you aren't familiar with the area, it's practically hidden. Payment and tube pick-up is in the tow behind camper overlooking the chutes.

16/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Doug B.
Hansen's is very close to Heavenly resort. If you've got time and little money, it's a good value at $5 for kids and $10 for adults (as of February 2009). There are two tubing runs, side by side. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. Based on dollars alone, I'd give it a few extra stars. But based on overall experience, I'd rather pay more for something better.

That's the positive. Here are the negatives:
Safety? What safety? You're on your own, bub. You'll be carrying your tube up steep and icy stairs cut into the snow, and trying to get into the tube at the icy top without slipping down the run accidentally. I'm amazed I didn't see anyone get hurt. I'm surprised I didn't get hurt myself.

There's no way to go down the run with a child on your lap without banging your butt on the ice repeatedly. As I had a bad bruise there from a fall while skiing, it wasn't a happy sensation.

There's no tow-rope back to the top. You'll be carrying your tube. Combine that with a long line after about 10:30 AM and you'll get about 4 runs into your allotted hour.

Frankly, though I can see folks enjoying this, my memories of much better tubing places near Truckee were too fresh from last year. We won't be going back to Hansen's.

Update: my wife says "I didn't hurt *my* butt. I enjoyed it." I enjoy her butt, too. However, I stand by my review.

21/02/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Candice J.
Such a great place, especially for the now $15 price. The guy running it was such a nice guy to deal with..we will def be back!!

08/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Greg C.
Ok, so if you're looking for extreme tubing or something that will propel you down a hill in an air-filled tube at 50 mph, then this isn't the place for you.  Just relax and move on.  
This is the first time for my 5yr old daughter to go tubing and this was a great spot!  Close to stateline, has parking and it's inexpensive!  It was only $5 for an hour and that was more than enough time for my daughter to go up and down a dozen times and she had the time of her life!  The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because they don't have one of those people-movers to take you back up the hill like some other places.  But it wasn't that big of a deal.

04/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Brian L.
Great value for the money; $5-10 an hour and kids love it. Just get there early because after 11am, the slides get icey/sticky and the crowd ensures a longer and longer wait. It's safe enough and plenty of fun.
I also don't agree with the harsh reviews on here: for $5-10 per hour, whaddaya expect? Yes, you actually have to carry your snow tube back up the hill from the bottom to ride again. Yes, physical safety is not guaranteed. This is simple and fun....

31/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
14. Shari L.
We chose Hanson's because the tubing park at the top of the gondola does not allow 2 yr olds. There is also Adventure Park about 30 minutes away which I hear is good but we had no car. A taxi ride would have cost a fortune so we went here bc it was close. It was 2 adults + 1 sr citizen + a 2 yr old and 3 yr old.  the kids loved it. But the adults had to carry a large tube up stairs to get back to the top. It got tiresome for us and for the little ones.  It's a long walk for them. The tubing park at the gondola has a moving sidewalk and looks like better hills. I can't wait until the kids are older. The staff was very nice and we practically had the place to ourselves.  It was a good hour spent and I would go back if the kids are still too young for the other tubing parks. It is a nice option to have

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
15. Benny M.
PRO:
* $10/hour is not bad as long as you can stand the hill climb after each run (about 10 runs)
* guys who run it are really nice; funny and energetic, too
* easy to get to location

CON:
* parking lot is tiny, but as long as no one's a bozo, not a problem
* once the kid hits teenager years, may think the hill not exciting enough

ASIDE:
* don't know if it's more crowded on the weekend, but on weekdays, size was fine

07/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Gary F.
10 bucks. You probably get tired walking up the hill after 2-3 times but it was sooooo fun. The saucer did make my butt sore. I liked the tube. This place had a small 10 car parking lot but we got in with no problem. There were about 10 people total riding so by the time you get back up, we were almost sliding down again. Fun fun fun.
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money well spent

27/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Jenny S.
10 bucks FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF of tubing down the 2 slides! usually its 10 bucks/ hour but we were a LARGE group, so they gave us a great deal!.. i would have been satisfied w/ an hour though b/c after a couple runs, the satisfaction has a diminishing return (econ word =D)

there weren't too many people here when we came, but they had tons of tubes to accommodate us!! & the guy at the top of the slide was super helpful even though he just recovered from arm surgery and shouldn't have been helping us at all!!

I'd suggest going down the hill w/ as many people as you can connect b/c the more weight the faster you slide to the bottom of the hill!! & going "superman" face first is the most exhilarating!

the only CON is once you get to the bottom of the hill, you have to walk all the way back up that slippery hill & let me tell you, after 2 days of snowboarding it is TIRING!! (this isn't one of those legit tubing places where you get pulled up by a machine b/c the hill isn't all that huge)

other than that have fun & don't throw snowballs @ ppl, YOU MIGHT CAUSE AN EYE INJURY!

19/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Nicholas F.
I'm not really sure why the other Yelpers gave this place such a bad review. For one, you can't really expect the same kind of services you'd get at a major ski resort if you're paying $10 instead of, as Rocco B. put it, "$50+ to go tubing at Heavenly". A lift would be a bit much for this quaint little run that offers the thrill of tubing at an affordable price. That's why it's $10.

Yeah, there are kids. No, you don't have to feel like a NAMBLA member just for being there. It's a place dedicated to TUBING, after all. I can't grasp the insecurity that a person would get from being in the same physical location as children. The whole point of these activities is fun for all ages.

It's a welcoming place with a kind man renting out tubes for all to enjoy his perfectly groomed masterpiece of a double track. Kind of hard to find, but worth the adventure of finding it.

You have nothing to LUGE.

16/12/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Nady C.
Very chaotic; the climb back up to the top is very slippery so take extra care especially if you have kids.  I've seem many adult fall especially the sections that only have ropes as handrails.

24/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
20. Benjamin K.
Went with a large group (17 of us!), and these guys gave us a group discount. They were friendly, funny, and professional, and we all had a fantastic time. Bring the whole family or just your significant other, it's a blast either way!

21/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. tracy c.
Great -- for what it is.  Fun for kids and adults. 15/hour. An hour is about all you can take, maybe two if you have a lot of energy.  We went on a Friday and there was hardly anyone there.  I imagine weekends get packed, try to go early. Ok for very small kids as you can easily put them on your lap. Ages 5 and up can probably do it all on their own while the parents relax. The walk back up the hill gets a little exhausting after a few times! Seems pretty safe, they have a guy helping queue people so you aren't likely to crash into anyone. Oh and you are supposed to tip him. There are no facilities to speak of...just a porta pottie and a broken down shack full of exposed nails they don't use anymore. One picnic table and no chairs. We'd come back.

01/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
22. Michelle M.
Took my family out here last week and we had a great time! The guys operating were great and we had a blast! Will be back when we head that way again.

18/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Elric N.
Seems fun but very small: only 2 tracks. Plus parking is very small, and the worse: the owner is very unfriendly, doesn't care about anybody, just wants to see your dollars... Don't go there, they don't deserve your business!

25/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
24. Daniel H.
For $10 bucks (cash only) I had a great afternoon. This place would be five stars if the sledding run was faster. Maybe on some days it is. Came here with a group of friends looking for some classic sledding fun and that's exactly what we got. For you're $10 you're issued a black rubber tube for the sledding. Carrying your tube back up the hill after a run turns out to be good exercise.

This is a family friendly place and was really packed on a Saturday afternoon. I had a good time, but one trip was good enough for me and I don't think I'll come back next time I'm in Tahoe. The name of place implies that you can ride saucers as well as tubes down the hill, but I didn't see a saucer or plastic disc anywhere. And there's a sign that tells you not to throw snowballs at your friends when they're sledding down the track, but it wasn't enforced and greatly added to the fun factor.

10/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. Diane S.
Ridiculous fun with a built-in workout.  I am not a skier or snowboarder, but I do appreciate the beauty of snow.  Hansen's allowed me to be a little closer to nature's white blankie by shooting down a carved-out snow slide on a big black rubber tube, belly down and hollering like a wee babe plunging through the birth canal!  You can shoot down any which way:  belly down, butt in the donut hole, tandem with your sweetie, or race a friend (there are two slides).  Just be sure to listen for the clearance cue so as to not run into the person ahead of you.  For about $15 dollars, you can walk up a hill and tube down for about an hour.  Trust me, an hour is all you need.  Your thighs will burn from the climb up and your butt will be numb from the snow that has found its way inside your underpants.

01/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Greg G.
Pretty cool, like 6-10 bucks an "hour" and it's a blast. I know I know, the ones at the ski resorts are soooo much better. But this is sweet. You are essentially just flying down a hill uncontrolled with the insides of a tire, why should it be considered fancy ?? :)

The guys running this place are really nice too. They seem to have a good time with it which creates a good mood all around. You will see people winded from this place because the walk back up is a steep one. But even the people whom you wouldn't expect to make the effort were going 4 , 5, 6 times down the hill.

16/12/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Stacey T.
Great fun!  Exhausting for little kids carrying the tubes back up the hill.  One hour is plenty!  There are great areas to take pictures of the tubers going down the hill.  There are two runs, and when we were there a man was at bottom of hill by turn with a bullhorn telling people when it was safe to go and also giving hints to people that had slow tubes....  (Keep your butt up, feet up, etc). $15 an hour and free limited parking.

19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
28. Sarah L.
Want to feel like a kid again? This is the place the go!

Went up to Tahoe with a group of 25 people a few weeks ago and there were 4 of us who didn't want to hit the slopes to board so we were looking for some alternate fun that wasn't too far from the cabin. Yelp suggested this place. It was easy to find (near Heavenly), parking was ample and the older gentleman running the place was so sweet.

For $15 an hour to use the lanes and the tubes, the 4 of us had a blast!  It was pretty tiring walking back up the hill after zooming down the lanes but with a rest half way up the hill we were good to go. Probably went down the hill about 10 times in that hour before we said no more because we were so tired. Can't wait to come back!

p.s. Build a train and go even faster down the hill (We almost lost our friend over the edge at the end of the run because we were going so fast. She's fine but we're still laughing about it!)

28/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Juliana C.
This was a great morning fun for us! The snow was not great and most of the slopes were closed. We found Hansen's via yelp and we had a blast!
The owner was really nice and we played for over an hour!
Highly recommend this place!

14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. bulletguy b.
Went over president's day weekend. There was very little snow and they were dumping snow from other places to the tube run. They had only 2 runs and only 1 was functional. There was very long queue over weekend. Its not a resort, but kind of side of the street with a slope. No lift. You have to climb back up on steep stairs carrying your tube. Kids won't enjoy this part. In one hour we had just 3 tube runs.

Not worth your business as other person mentioned. Better spend some more and go to resort with tube lifts like heavenly or sierra.

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
31. Christina M.
Fun fun fun and exhausting! Not to many people know about this place, which is a good thing for us... Hehe. Short lines and always find parking in their small lot. There are two lanes to tube down. My kids and other family members love this hidden spot in S. Lake. It's $15 cash per person over 4yrs old for 1 hour. 4 and under can go for free with paid parent. They provided the tubes. You do not bring any. You will not be disappointed with this place. You may think only an hour? Well try it and you will feel how exhausting it is to keep walking back up the hill! Great way to burn the kids energy! This time the kids (8 of them) were exhausted at 28 mins! But they did make it to the 1 hour and then were ready to leave and hungry. I recommend you bring water and snacks. They do not sell food or drinks. Also there is port a potties there. We visit this place 2 times each trip to S. Lake.

19/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Hector G.
Great for the kids and adults as well.

I have never been a winter sports guy. There is something about speeding downhill, in the freezing cold, with the opportunity to crush myself into trees that just doesn't sit well with me. We were in town for a weekend getaway and wanted to do something fun. This is definitely a good spot to hang for an hour or so. For $15 an hour you get an inner tube and a pretty solid workout. You start up at the top, tube down and walk your happy ass back to the top to repeat.

Quick note. If your inner tube isn't working out and you find that you are not headed down the hill fast enough, just ask for another tube. Dress warm, but not too warm b/c after you walk up that little hill a few times, you may just break a sweat.

11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Steve S.
This was FUN.

We brought the whole clan, which means a lot of kids.
This was fun for both kids and grown ups.
You ride inflated inner tube tires down a hill.
Even my 1 1/2 year old boy had a great time. He even requested to go back up the hill to go down again and again and again.
Only draw back, that long climb back up the hill. You can see everyone huffing & puffing coming back up.

The owner is super friendly.
For $15 per person, this was so far the highlight of our trip. We had so much fun, we're thinking of going back tomorrow.

Great activity for a family.

19/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Alex L.
I've always been a skier, but the thought of shooting belly first down the slope in one of their tubes is a great second option for an afternoon.

I discovered Hansen's when travelling with friends who don't ski. After several attempts to get folks up on the slopes to learn to ski, my wife suggested we just go sledding. Turns out Hansen's isn't sledding, tobogganing or saucering. It's tubing on a controlled course just down the hill from one of the entrances to Heavenly.

Here's a brief run through of the process: You stand in line to talk to a wise and kind looking man who looks like he was teleported from the Alps. He makes you sign a form, takes your money ($15 an hour) and gives you a big tube. You stand in line again with some families and kids (this line moves real fast) to tube down one of two lanes that run about 100 yards of curves and bumps. Then you stand up, dust yourself off, climb the hill (exercise!) and do it all over again until you are too tired to move.

After one run I discovered you can ride on your belly to get closer to the snow and make it more exciting. It's excitement enough for some of the more timid visitors and for small children, but for a skier like me I wanted to kick it up a notch. After 3-4 runs and the big hike back up the hill you will definitely feel like you got your monies worth.

Now I have yet another reason to head for the snow. Thanks Hansen - whoever you are!

05/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
35. Josh S.
Fun experience, go early in the morning before the snow melts. 1 hour is good enough.

03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Jan P.
This place offers another fun activity you can do whenever you're around at South Lake Tahoe. This place only basically give you a short snow tubing ride from up to downhill. About $15 dollars for one hour?

This place is great for first timers as it can get so exciting riding down and gliding down the snow.

Good place to take your kids.

14/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
37. Jose R.
We were hesitant about this place, especially after seeing the long lines but enjoyed our tubing experience-the cost seems steep but you do get five or six trips down in an hour- the service is extremely laid back and the attendants very helpful!!  It's best if you arrive with no expectations!!

03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Elizabeth T.
Big disappointment. For $20, sled down the hill 3 times. It appears that they don't cap the number of people, so we spent almost the entire hour waiting in line between runs.

28/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
39. Azin A.
Amazing!!!! Derek, Troy, and Gilliam all made our snow tubing experience memorable! My sister snowboards, I don't ski or snowboard & we BOTH had an excellent time at Hansen's.

I highly recommend this place for people of ALL ages, whether you ski/snowboard or do not do either! I was petrified at first but Derek & Troy took care of us & made sure we had excellent rides down the hill.

I will definitely go back again. Easily one of the highlights of our trip to Tahoe! 5 stars doesn't do this place justice! Definitely go check it out!!!!!

$15/hour cash only per rider. So worth it :)

04/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Brittany H.
Amazing Cabin Rentals!!! We stayed 3 nights for Christmas & can't wait to come back. Clean Cabins, Friendly Staff , Excellent Views...All the cabins are newly renovated ... 5 stars!!! :)

25/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
41. Amanda M.
Was hesitant considering the price per person, but since we were almost out of daylight & hadn't had enough fun yet, we decided to give it a try. It was definitely worth it. The tubes were good tubes, the staff was very friendly, and lines weren't too bad. The hill was great enough to keep you going back for more. I just wish they had a magic carpet or some other system to pull you up the hill again because those stairs get longer each time (lol). We'd go back again...

My 9 year old gave it a 10 out of 5 stars. :)

03/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0