Posted on: 1 February 2023
When the winter brings cold weather to your area, it's easy to spend much of your recreational time indoors. It can be nice, however, to come up with outdoor family activity ideas that you can enjoy together. In many areas, snow tubing can be an option. While your kids may have experience riding an inner tube behind a motor boat, riding a tube on a snowy hill is a completely different experience. Lots of areas have snow tubing centers — often as part of a ski hill. If you're lucky enough to live close to a few of these areas, here are some ways to assess them so that you choose the right one.
Some snow tubing centers have just one run, while others have several. In general, the latter scenario will be favorable for your family for several reasons. The more runs that are available, the shorter you'll have to wait to take your run. Additionally, when a center has several different runs, it will usually have runs designed for people of different ages. For example, if you have small children, you can spend your time on a run with a gentle slope. For a family with teens, it can be fun to focus on a steeper, faster run.
Most snow tubing centers have some type of mechanized lift that will allow people to get from the bottom of the hill to the top of the hill with ease. Not every center has this equipment, though, so it's always important to confirm this detail when you're evaluating a few centers. Kids can start to complain when they have to climb the hill after making a run, so it's ideal to choose a center that has a rope tow, a chair lift, or some other type of device that people can use.
You'll find that the available tubes can vary between snow tubing centers. Some centers exclusively use one-person tubes, while others have larger tubes that can accommodate two people. For families, the latter scenario tends to be better because a parent can ride with a young child until the child is comfortable trying to make a run on their own. You'll find extremely large tubes at some centers that multiple people can ride at once. If you're taking your family snow tubing and are meeting up with another family, the kids will love going together in one tube. Look online to find some snow tubing centers in your area.Share