Snow Tubing Information


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dotSnow tubing is one of the newest rages in winter recreation sports.

The concept of snow tubing is simple: take an inner tube to the top of a snow-covered hill and ride it down. It's similar to tobogganing, but with extra perks when it is offered at ski resorts and spas.

dotThe tube safely follows a set course, so tubers do not slide all over a hill. Even better, specially designed lift systems pull participants back to the top of the hill so they don't have to walk up to tube again. Tubers can sit on their tubes and get pulled to the hilltop with a special towrope.

Zipping down snowy hills, participants ride covered inner tubes. Tubing offers the excitement of skiing or snowboarding, but it is much less expensive and does not require any athletic ability or special equipment.

dotSnow tubing is said to be safer than skiing and many other winter sports. Most hills have limited snow-tubing sessions to control demand and traffic so tubers can get the most out of their sessions.

Tubing runs are typically supervised at the top and the bottom to prevent collisions. There are other tubing restrictions as well. Children who aren't at least four feet tall usually are not permitted to slide. At most resorts, only one person per tube is allowed.

dotTubers quickly discover that they can go faster when they link up in trains of four and five tubes. For safety reasons, this is not always allowed on all tubing runs.

Regular tubers also quickly discover that how fast they zip down the hill depends on the weather. Colder weather creates snow that is icier, which allows the tube to travel quicker down the hill. Warmer weather brings the opposite effect, slowing the tubes down on melting snow.

dotCost and safety factors have made snow tubing extremely popular with non-skiers who go with skiers to resorts. Tubing has also enabled ski resort owners to offer a variety of activities for their visitors.

"I felt there was a need to have additional activities to the skiing and boarding product," says Hans Edblad. He is the general manager of a tube park.

dotTubing runs are popping up throughout the country at ski resorts.

"I would encourage anyone to get involved in the sport, especially anyone who is looking for something fun to do during the wintertime," says Marianne Corso. She is the marketing director for a resort that offers tubing facilities. "This is a sport that requires no skill, just a desire for fun and adventure."

Getting Started

dotNo special training is needed to tube. It's a winter sport for people of all ages and abilities.

dotPrices vary at locations where tubing is offered. Costs can range anywhere from $8 to $15 for two-hour tickets. All-day, family and group rates are often available as well.

The inner tubes are rented at the resorts and the cost is included in the ticket to tube. It's easier to rent these tubes than invest the money to buy your own.

dotProper winter clothing, particularly warm, good fitting boots, is a must when snow tubing. Snow tubers should dress warmly in layers, with a waterproof jacket and pants. A winter hat, sunglasses or goggles, as well as sunscreen for face and lips, are also highly recommended.

dotMany seasonal or year-round job opportunities exist involving snow tubing. Available jobs could include those as a cook, lift operator, cashier or rental gear attendant. People also can earn money by grooming the slopes at resorts.

dotWith snow tubing continuing as a hot winter craze, high-tech equipment and more varied runs are sure to follow. This can only create more job opportunities and more fun for snow tubers in the future.

Links

Tube Town Adventure Park
A snow-tubing facility

Snow Tubing at Seven Springs Resort
Gives a good explanation of snow tubing