Whether you’re a non-skier/snowboarder or you’re just looking to experience the excitement of gliding downhill in a different way, snow tubing is a thrilling winter activity. There are many ski resorts in North America with tubing hills, and all of them are sure to put a smile on your face, but if we could choose to go anywhere here’s where we’d go on a tubing adventure.
Gorgoza Park — Park City, Utah
Located less than 10 miles from Park City and only 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, this family-friendly adventure park will have your little ones squealing with delight. Open until 8 p.m. seven days a week, the tubing hill features seven well-lit tubing lanes for your sliding and gliding enjoyment. Tip: This is a great place to bring young children and toddlers, as there’s tubing carousel, Fort Frosty, for introducing youngsters to tubing.
Where to stay: Families will love being situated at the quiet, self-contained Canyons base village when staying at the Hyatt Centric Park City, as well as all the comforts of home in the spacious suites.
Whistler Blackcomb Coca-Cola ® Tube Park — Whistler, B.C.
Located in Blackcomb Mountain’s Base 2 Zone , the Coca-Cola ® Tube Park offers perfect winter fun for everyone in your family. Offering multiple lanes of varying steepness, Whistler Blackcomb‘s Coca-Cola ® Tube Park is the perfect activity for large groups and families, as everyone can find the lane that suits them best. A state-of-the-art conveyor lift makes getting as many laps in as your heart desires a cinch. Tip: Don’t miss the Belgian waffles and hot cocoa that are sold onsite.
Where to stay: For easy access to Blackcomb Mountain and home-away-from-home accommodations, amenities and services, Horstman House is a top-of-mind choice.
Mount Snow Tubing Park, Vermont
Glide down one of the biggest tubing hills in Vermont at Mount Snow ski resort. Catch a ride up on the Magic Carpet and enjoy the exhilarating ride down. The Tubing Park is located in the front entrance to Mount Snow Sports at the Grand Summit Hotel in the base area. Tip: If you’re at Mount Snow during the holidays you’ll likely be treated to s’mores at the top of the tubing hill.
Where to stay: Enjoy convenience to the snow-tubing fun and gamut of world-class amenities when staying at the Grand Summit Hotel at Mountain Snow.
Snow Tubing at Colorado Ski Resorts
Colorado has a high concentration of world-class ski resorts and along with that — a high concentration of world-class snow tubing hills. Here are a few of our favorites.
Snow Tubing at Adventure Point — Keystone, Colorado
Keystone is easily one of the best ski resorts for young children. Keystone’s Kidtopia events and activities range from playing king- or queen-of-the-castle in large snow fort, to face painting and cookie hour to meeting Ski Patrol’s Avalanche Dogs, but one of the most popular activities is sliding down the snow tubing hill at Adventure Point. Located atop the River Run Gondola and offering epic Rocky Mountain views, Adventure Point snow tubing features six tubing lanes and can be enjoyed all day and well into the night, as Keystone offers night skiing. Tip: If you’ve got that need for speed, be sure to come earlier in the day, when the lanes are extra slick.
Where to stay: Offering a center-stage view of the Kidtopia parades, River Run Condominiums put families in the midst of all the action and provides exceptional accommodations, services and amenities.
The Tubing Hill at Copper Mountain, Colorado
Located at the base of the Super Bee lift, Copper Mountain ski resort’s Tubing Hill offers a day of sliding thrills. Featuring curves, jumps and a long run out on its four lanes, this popular Colorado hill recommends calling for reservations or booking online for snow-tube adventures and enforces a visitor height restriction of 36 inches. The Tubing Hill is right next to Critterland, an interactive children’s snow play-area, making Copper the perfect place to spend a winter’s day with the family. Tip: The Hill is located just steps away from Copper Station, home of the $5.99 lunch special.
Where to stay: For a central location and spacious condominium accommodations, hunker down at the Covered Bridge Neighborhood.
The newest tubing park in Colorado, the Winter Park Coca-Cola® Tubing hill offers four individual lanes, which features screech-worthy banked curves. When it’s time for another lap, guests ride up a covered conveyor lift ride back to the top. If the cold weather catches up to you head to the convenient Hill Housewarming lodge top of the conveyor lift—which also has restrooms. Additionally, tubing guests can park in the adjacent parking lot for free. Tip: Don’t miss the gourmet hot chocolate in the warming lodge, it’s the perfect way to cap off a tubing session with friends or family.
Where to stay: Enjoy watching skiers schuss by from the slopeside hot tub at the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.
Howelsen Hill Tubing at Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Located in Northwest Colorado’s Steamboat Springs, historic Howelsen Hill is the oldest ski area in Colorado, opening in 1914 and serving as training ground for many Winter Olympians. Located in downtown Steamboat Springs, The Howelsen Hill tubing area features a Magic Carpet that transports tubers to the top of the slope. Tips: Great for history buffs, guests can enjoy snow-tubing thrills while learning about Howelsen Hill’s rich ski history.
Where to stay: Rest, relax and enjoy world-class services and amenities at Steamboat Springs’ only full-service hotel, Sheraton Steamboat Resort.
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.