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5 Top Snow Tubing Hills for the Family
Posted on: 12/14/2009
It's winter fun that's fast, easy and doesn't require any expensive equipment. Snow tubing, in Wisconsin is an exciting winter activity the entire family will enjoy.
This is not your grandparent's snow tubing, either. This is tubing in style! This is 100-foot vertical drop, multiple-chute, fabric-covered tubes with a lift to the top of the hill tubing. These are winter facilities that make their own snow, come with a nice chalet, and serve sandwiches, chili and hot pizza.
So, here's a look at five of Wisconsin's top snow tubing facilities; five family places to really warm up during the winter snow tubing season.
Sylvan Hill Park
Sylvan Hill Park is the biggest snow tubing hill in the state and lures kids of all ages to "Sit down…Hold on…
Push off…Scream…Repeat!"Six chutes pave a path down a pair of hills with 133 feet of elevation and two wire tows return you quickly to the top. The chalet snack bar serves pizza, nachos, soft pretzels and pre-packaged foods, plus hot and cold beverages. The lighted hills operates mid-December through early March, Fri and Sat evenings, plus Sat and Sun afternoons. There is also a 2.1 km cross country ski trail system (Single track and a skating lane) and a 1.2 km snowshoe trail system within Sylvan Hill Park for added winter fun.
Wilmot Mountain's snow tubing facility features 20 lanes for extreme winter fun, a state of the art covered conveyor lift (perfect so you don’t have to hike back up the hill!) Plus, an extra specially sized “kiddie” snow tubing hill is available for the young ones. A brand new building is in progress which will accommodate customers by selling tickets and refreshments,and provide a patio to watch other tubers enjoying the snowy hill. The hill is open weekday nights and afternoon and evenings Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. The lodge has hot food and beverages for sale as well as live music on weekends. Wilmot Mountain also features 25 unique dowhill runsoffering varied terrain for all skiers and snowboarders.
Sunburst is geared to maximum snow tubing fun with 12 900-foot chutes that rocket you down 100 feet of vertical drop at speeds of up to 40mph. There's even a special Sunburst "luge" run that adds a special thrill with extra excitement on the huge banked serpentine turns. The hill's 540-foot "Magic Carpet" lift takes you and your tube back to the top of the hill in a jiffy. Concessions are available at the Sunburst chalet. Their snow-making capabilities insure a season of pure winter fun from mid-December through early March. The hill is open Tues-Thurs evenings, and all day Fri, Sat and Sun. Sunburst also offers downhill skiing on 11 runs and snowboarding in a terrific terrain park.
Cascade Mountain is another hi-tech snow tubing operation with plenty of snow-making capability. They offer four 800-foot chutes that drop 90 feet. A surface lift takes tubers effortlessly to the top of the hill. The chalet snack bar is a great place to warm up while enjoying a sandwich and soda. The snow tubing season generally runs from mid-December through early March and provides winter fun for the entire family.Cascade also offers downhill skiing on 34 runs and a full-facility terrain park for snowboarders.
Badlands Sno-Park is a family operation that caters to snow tubers. Their four 400-1400 foot lighted runs drop a varied 30-150 feet to bring you back to four rope tows. There's a "bunny" run for beginners; a long, curving "Monkey Tail"; the "Big Hill" for those that want a wilder ride; even "Turbo-tubing" on a new run off the north side of the hill, with a high speed rope tow to wisk you back to the top. The new chalet is the place to warm up and grab a snack. They make and groom their own snow to ensure the winter fun never stops despite the weather. Badlands is open from mid-December to early March.This entry was posted in Things to Do