Tubing In A Winter Wonderland:
There are very few fun, family activities you can do in the winter without breaking the bank. Skiing, snowboarding and ice skating are all very popular but often require expensive equipment and memberships. If you are looking for a winter activity for all ages and abilities, give winter tubing a try.
What is Winter Tubing?
When you think of tubing, you probably imagine yourself drifting slowly down a river, relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, sipping a cool beverage. Wrong season! Tubing happens in the winter too, and is a much faster-paced and exciting activity than summer tubing.
Where Can I Do This Activity?
If there is a ski resort, club or hill anywhere near your location, there is a good chance that winter tubing is available to you. Many ski hills set aside a designated tubing run separate from the regular ski hills. There might even be a combination hill which combines tubing and beginner-level skiing. Most often, the tubing hill will be the smallest and least-advanced hill at the club. In these cases, you will share a chairlift with people doing other activities. The chairlifts are also used to carry the tubes from the bottom of the hill to the top. Don’t worry, the workers will take care of all that. All you have to do is have fun.
What Is Winter Tubing Like?
If you’ve even been sledding or tobogganing before, this activity is very similar. The difference is, you are sliding on a huge, inflatable tube! Also, the hills provided by the ski resort are sure to be much higher and therefore more exciting than any hill you have found in the past. You can slide one at a time, or sometimes the workers will allow tube clusters where a whole group joins up and slides together. Make sure you know the rules before you try anything. Safety is always a priority with staff.
Safety 101: Is It Safe?
Is it Safe? Yes! There are probably restrictions on very young children, but generally speaking almost anyone can enjoy winter tubing without much risk. The tubing runs are designed similarly to a bobsled track. Sides are constructed so that you will always be contained within a safe area while sliding. You are only allowed to slide once the person in front of you has reached a safe distance down the hill. Once you get to the bottom, you drop off your tube with the workers and go back up the lift. You can do as many runs as you want for several hours or all day, depending on the pass you purchased.
What’s The Cost?
This is a relatively cheap activity compared to other winter sports. The cost is equivalent to a day pass for skiing/snowboarding, but there is nothing else to buy beyond the pass. Costs will vary by age, making it less expensive for children as well. We paid $15-20 per person, for half a day of tubing. There may even be group or family rates, so keep an eye out and do your research before you go.
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