Snow tubing is a common activity in Colorado, but SUMMER tubing?
Last week the Princesses and I hit the road for our first girls only trip. The destination was Snow Mountain Ranch to check out Colorado’s first summer tubing hill. Located outside of Winter Park, Snow Mountain Ranch opened the summer tubing hill in July as a way to create a unique experience exclusive to the summer months. I have to admit, it was pretty unique, very fun and a great activity that can appeal to a wide age range. There were young kids, teenagers, adults and grandparents all sliding down the hill – laughing and screaming all the way.
The summer tubing hill is made from a synthetic snow surface called SnowFlex – a material designed to look and feel like real snow. (There are only two other summer tubing hills in the country – Texas and Virginia.)
Things to Know about Summer Tubing at Snow Mountain Ranch
Cost: If you’re staying at the Snow Mountain Ranch there is no fee for the summer tubing hill. Price breakouts are:
- Free for guests staying at Snow Mountain Ranch
- 13 and older: $35 per person
- 6-12 years old: $25 per person
- 3-5 years old: $15 per person
This fee includes a full-day activity pass giving access to the mini golf course, tennis courts, indoor pool and sauna, hiking and biking trails, free family programs. You can also go tubing multiple sessions during the day. Members of YMCA of the Rockies or another YMCA (with proof of membership) can use the tubing hill for $15 per person and receive a complimentary day pass.
Reservations: People need to make a reservation. This helps to manage the number of people summer tubing during the day. (It’s really nice since it’s not too long of a wait.) Each session is an hour and you can typically get 5-10 tubing sessions in (we got about 10 in during our one-hour session). To make a reservation, call 970-887-2152, ext. 4135. It’s best to try to schedule a few days beforehand to ensure you get a slot.
Shoes: You cannot wear flip-flops. Tennis shoes are recommended.
Helmets: It’s optional for adults to wear helmets and required for children. (It’s a pretty fast ride so I’d recommend adults gear up.)
Age Requirements: Children must be at least three-years-old to ride. Kids between the ages of three and six-years-old must ride with an adult. This doesn’t mean they are in your lap but rather their small tube is attached to your larger tube. Additionally, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
There is a Lift: Don’t worry, you don’t have to walk back up the hill. There is a lift, similar to what you’d find on the bunny slop that carry’s you and your tube back up for another run.
Weather: The summer tubing hill closes if there is lightening. Given you’re in the mountains and the weather frequently changes, I recommend you bring a fleece or light weight jacket.
You May Get Wet: To keep the hill slick, there are a sprayers that raise up at a few of the peaks. During a warm day, the cool mist will feel great BUT on a cool, overcast day you may get a chill so pack a fleece. (Both my girls were freezing during the 2:30pm session.)
Snow Mountain Ranch is known for having a winter adventure land, but not as many people know just how beautiful summer can be at the ranch and in the Colorado mountains. There are a several activities outside of summer tubing, although it’s one not to miss. Think zipling, horseback riding, the mecca of all arts and crafts centers, hiking, camping, rafting, fishing, etc. And there is more to come. The summer tubing hill is only the first phase of Snow Mountain Ranch’s Family Adventure Park, which will include large play areas with interactive elements, a dog park, and features such as a giant swing and do-it-yourself zipline. (There is not yet a set timeline on when the next phases will be implemented.)
See Just How Fun Summer Tubing is at Snow Mountain Ranch
(The sound on this video gets a little loud, but the kids laughing is well worth the listen.)
Want to see more, check out what 9News had to say about the summer tubing hill at Snow Mountain Ranch.
Have you been tubing before? Snow tubing or summer tubing? What did you think?
Disclaimer: Lodging and summer tubing were provided by Snow Mountain Ranch. My thoughts and opinions in this post are just that – mine.