Skiing and snowboarding can be very challenging actives. Despite the reward of having the most fun you could possibly have in the snow, there is a steep learning curve that for some serves as a deterrent for their enjoyment of the mountains. To remedy the injustice of people missing out on the mountains, snow tubing became an ideal alternative for casual snow sports enthusiasts. The beauty of snow tubing being its non-existent learning curve, making it an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone from the very first ride down. Southern California’s Mountain High Resort has opened the North Pole Tubing Park, which just so happens to be the largest in the area. The park will bring resort guests up the hill via two moving carpets and send them back down on up to nine lanes!
John McColly, Mountain High’s Vice-President of Sales & Marketing explains, “This is a fun and safe way for everyone to enjoy winter in the mountains.”
Mountain High’s tubing park is located at the North Resort, directly across from the entrance of the West resort. The park provides plenty of parking, restrooms, a warming area with lockers and food and drink concessions. Tubing is a bit different than open-hill sledding, essentially the park has expertly shaped lanes that guide the tubes down the course which is designed to be safe while allowing for extremely high (while still controlled) speeds. The moving carpets bring you up the starting gate, and the lanes let you rip to the bottom. Then repeat until exhausted from all the fun!
The tubing park is open 9:00am to 4:00pm seven days-a-week through New Year’s Day 2012, then Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays peak season, January 14-16 and February 18-20, 2012 (Weather permitting).
Prices for everyone over three and a half feet tall are $20 for two hours of unlimited rides and $35 for a full day. Tickets for children 36 to 42 inches tall are $15 with a paying adult. North Pole Tubing Park season passes are $99. Tubes are included in the ticket price, and children 36 to 42 inches tall must accompany a parent in a separate tube. Children under 36-inches tall are not permitted for safety reasons.