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No Skills On The Slopes? No Problem — Hit The
Mountains On a Tube

IgoUgo Editors Highlight Top Tubing Destinations in the U.S.

NEW YORK – January 22, 2009 – Skiers shouldn’t get to have all the winter fun. While the snow piles up at resorts across the country, don’t get left behind due to a lack of skill or desire to ski or board. Tubing offers snowy thrills but requires little skill and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and any athletic ability. IgoUgo editors have come up with five handy tips for first-time tubers and a few great places to hit the slopes this winter.

“Tubing is a great way for people of all ages to get out and enjoy the winter,” said Michelle Doucette, content manager at IgoUgo.com. “Because there’s virtually no skill required, all you need to do is get yourself to the mountain and go. Our members’ recommendations are designed to help you do just that.”

IgoUgo.com- Tubing 101

Wherever you’re headed this winter, Doucette has tips for first timers:

Tip #1: Keep your bum up

The snow may be soft when you touch it, but not when you’re going fast. To avoid a sore bum, rest your legs over the front of the tube, hold onto the loops and keep your bum up.

Tip #2: Dress for success

You may not be skiing, but you’ll still be out in the snow so wear appropriate clothing. Winter boots, a snug-fitting hat and waterproof clothing like snow pants, a snow jacket, and gloves will make your tubing experience a dry and fun one. For an even better experience, bring sunglasses with you to keep the wind off your eyes.

Tip #3: Stay on the trail

If your tube starts to veer off the trail as you go down, lean back into the tube and you’ll slide back into the middle.

Tip #4: Avoid the crowds

To avoid the lines, plan your session for early in the morning or closer to closing time. If the venue accepts reservations, make one, as the lanes can get busy.

Tip #5: Check the weather

Like skiing, tubing relies on the weather. Make sure you check with the park to confirm it is open before you head out.

Check out a number of destinations recently visited by IgoUgo.com members for suggestions on some of the best places for winter fun:

Five Top Tubing Spots

1. Jackson Hole, WY

This upscale resort town is famous for its world-class skiing, but there’s plenty of fun for non-skiers too, as evidenced in member journal Snow King Resort Is Absolutely the Best!: “ Go snow-tubing while you are there! Talk about fun! For all ages and sizes, snow-tubing is a blast!”

2. Lake Lure, NC

The family-friendly Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park in Lake Lure was a big hit with one member’s brood as reported in Mountain Delight Extraordinaire: “We had more fun than it should be legal for a family to have. As we went with our children, ages 6-17, this was the perfect place to go and have fun. The older ones made friends and formed huge trains to go down the hill while the little ones and mommy enjoyed the sissy slope. We highly recommend this activity for its value, level of fun and family-friendliness.”

3. Massanutten, VA

“No skill is required and anyone over 36 inches tall can have a great time,” writes an IgoUgo member in his journal A Week at Massanutten. Another tubing fan and IgoUgo member agrees, “Snow tubing was great. The lanes were fast enough to be thrilling but not scary. Having divided lanes made it feel more secure knowing that you were going in one direction.”

4. Smuggler’s Notch, VT

Known for family friendliness and a seemingly endless array of activities, it seems fitting that Smuggler’s Notch would offer snow tubing in the winter months. In the journal Springtime in Smugglers Notch, one member writes that tubing is just one of the great peak-season perks. “In winter, snow sports dominate the offerings…this resort is a virtual self-contained recreational fantasyland.”

5. Winter Park, CO

Fraser Tubing Hill in Winter Park, CO gets rave reviews from IgoUgo members, including one who writes in Winter Park Ski Trip, “Before this trip, the only tubing I knew of was on water. It's even better on snow! I would suggest taking a camera with you. My digital camera has video on it and I recorded us going down the hill, it is the funniest video I have ever recorded.”

Headed north? Check out the Canadian version of this list published by our friends at Travelocity.ca.

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