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Soda Springs, Truckee

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4.0
  • A great little ski resort for families. Just a mile off the freeway with lots of easy parking. All the usual resort amenities and very reasonable prices. Planet Kids is a unique and awesome experience...  more »
  • This is a fun place. We like the people here and have a good time with our daughter. She likes the Planet Kids and we enjoy trading off ski'ing. Lunch and beers at the main lodge is pretty good.  more »
  • We had to run an errand up in Truckee so we decided to make a weekend of it. Since my kids never skied before, we decided take in tubing. Soda Springs was really nice and well organized. Believe it or...  more »
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  • Great family friendly ski resort. Ticket and season pass prices are reasonable. Staff are friendly, helpful and courteous. Lodge and bathrooms are clean. Minus half a star for long lines even if you already bought a ticket online. (Maybe they can have another line for those who already have online tickets?)
  • Great for the kids! You can get a discount if you order tickets online. They have an area called kids planets where there are ski and snowboard rentals, which both are included in the price (kids can try both). And there are tubes for the kids. I did not try the slopes, so I cannot review those.
  • I have heard a lot of complaints about this place but honestly it was a great place for a first timer/ novice group of young adults. The slopes were fun and manageable, the staff members weren't outwardly kind but they were efficient. Overall had a great time with no regrets and no complaints.
  • Great little place for families and to take kids. Setup like boreal.
  • This review applies to Planet Kids and the general safety at the resort. My child had a great time at Planet Kids but four things happened during our visit today (2/25/17) that were concerning: Minor - Tube carousel: the attendant was not overseeing this area at all. Basically just turned it on and left or checking his phone. Granted this is not a high risk area for injury but some someone of authority present would've been nice in case someone had a question or for some reason needed to request the ride to stop in case of emergency. No guidance as to where line started. When we left at 2pm the area was closed down. Kids seem to love this ride but I'm guessing they just need more staff? Between minor and concerning: Tubing mini hill. Little to no supervision from staff. I'm guessing this is a free for all area but I saw at least 4 kids at the end of the sliding area get hammered pretty hard from an oncoming rider. I switched into sno-park mode assuming that we shld just fend for ourselves. Halfway through our session (approx 1:00PM) a staff person decided to put up poles/rope to designate a lane to the side for coming back up the hill. Seems like that shld' was happened when the park opened vs after lunch. Possible solutions: - huge sign at the entrance of this area that outlines proper safety etiquette. - Planet Kids map with rules given at ticket window (maybe this already exists? we were not given anything when we picked up tickets). Major: kids snowboarding/skiing hill by the tubing hill. 1-2 ft drop ditch to concrete area designated for the conveyor belt lift needed some sort of barrier. I witnessed a young boarder almost take a digger into this area. Would've been pretty messed up if a kid hit his/her head on concrete even with a helmet. Teacher was mildly freaking out as this beginner drifted toward danger. Major: upon leaving (2:00PM) staff was sectioning off a walkway behind the main ticketing/cafe building. Apparently some heavy ice/snow fell off the roof and onto some families. Not sure what exactly happened but noticed a father and a child explaining to the staff how some of it hit their heads and could potentially be dangerous. There didn't seem to be any need for first aid. Great prices for Planet Kids ($38 for kid + attending adult, $10 per additional observer) but it seems like they can swing this because of minimal staff. Come on Soda Springs management - you can do better!

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