It’s peak season for ski trips, but wouldn’t a little relaxation be nice, too? IgoUgo members recommend where and how to try snow tubing, the only mountain sport in which you’re supposed to be sitting on your bum.
Top Five Places for Snow Tubing
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Snow King Resort certainly has a fan in jodellebobelle. “Staying at any other resort in Jackson would leave you unsatisfied and asking yourself why; save the drama and stay at Snow King,” she says. And while you’re there, she continues, you must go snow tubing: “Talk about fun! For all ages, snow tubing is a blast! And it's right by Snow King Resort. Snow tubing is ‘snow cool.’” She tubed at King Tubes, a maintained tubing hill in Jackson that's open through March.
Lake Lure, North Carolina
Blaine&Caroline headed to Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park on the advice of Fox Run Resort and did not regret it (to put it mildly). “We had more fun than it should be legal for a family to have,” they say, as they tried different levels of slopes and warmed up with hot chocolate by the fire afterward. “We highly recommend this activity for its value, level of fun, and family-friendliness.”
Eight lanes and 900 feet of hill greeted AussieBrad at Massanutten Resort’s Peaked Mountain Express Tube Park—despite “relatively warm temperatures” and limited snowfall. “The tubing park is a lot of fun and costs $18 per person for a 2-hour session,” she says. “No skill is required and anyone over 36 inches can have a great time.”
Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont
As its name suggests, Sir Henry's Tube Sliding is a family-oriented area of family-friendly Smugglers’ Notch. Ski (and snow tubing) mom nonniepazonnie calls Smugglers’ a “virtual self-contained recreational fantasyland” offering alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, sledding, and tubing. So it’s even perfect for the family who can’t agree on anything.
Winter Park, Colorado
Fraser Tubing Hill is “fantastic fun for kids and adults,” says susanf. “We began at 5:30pm and a beautiful twilight evolved into a clear, bright, starry night. What an experience!” In fact, helped along by “tube lifts,” everyone seems to love Winter Park tubing. And judawalk can love it for all time thanks to her video camera. She says, “I would suggest taking a camera with you. And when I say with you, I mean on the tube ride. I recorded us going down the hill, and it is the funniest video I have ever recorded.”
Tubing 101: Five Tips for Snow Tubing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to the snow experts at travelocity.ca for their help with our tubing-tips research!