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.
We're not talking about a leisurely jaunt down a hill on a sled. We're talking about tubing in style! This is 100-foot vertical drop, multiple-chute, fabric-covered tube with a lift to the top of the hill kind of tubing. These are winter facilities that make their own snow, are next to a cozy chalet, and serve sandwiches, chili and hot pizza.
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.
Cascade Mountain is a hi-tech snow tubing operation with plenty of snow-making capability. They offer 900-foot chutes that drop 90 feet, and a surface lift to take 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 snowy fun for the children and adults alike. Cascade also offers downhill skiing on 34 runs and a full-facility terrain park for snowboarders.
Sylvan Hill Park 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 operate mid-December through early March, Friday and Saturday evenings, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Riders must be 42" or taller in order to tube. There is also a 4.7 km cross country ski trail system (Single track and a skating lane) and a 1.3 km snowshoe trail system within Sylvan Hill Park for added winter fun.
Wilmot Mountain's snow tubing facility is over 1,000 feet long and features 22 lanes for extreme winter fun. Wilmot offers 2 state of the art covered conveyor lifts - perfect so you don’t have to hike back up the hill! - and makes its own snow, so the fun can go on all winter long.
A brand new lodge accommodates customers by selling tickets and refreshments, and provides a sun deck to watch other tubers enjoying the snowy hill. Wilmot reccomends a minimum height of 42" for tubers, and the hill is open Monday- Friday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Wilmot Mountain also features 25 unique downhill runs offering varied terrain for all skiers and snowboarders.
Sunburst is geared to maximum snow tubing fun with 42, 1300-foot lanes that rocket riders of all ages down the 10 story drops at speeds of up to 40mph. The hill's two 540-foot "Magic Carpet" lifts take you and your tube back to the top of the hill in a jiffy.
Concessions are available at the Sunburst chalet, and their snow-making capabilities ensure a season of pure winter fun from mid-December through early March. The hill is open Tuesday-Thursday evenings, and all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunburst also offers downhill skiing on 11 runs and snowboarding in three terrain parks.
Badlands Sno-Park is a family operation that caters to snow tubers. Their six lighted runs offer something for everyone in the family- there's a "bunny" run for beginners; a long, curving "Monkey Tail"; the "Big Hill" for those that want a wilder ride; and "Turbo-tubing" on a new run off the north side of the hill. High speed rope tows whisk you back to the top of the hill, and tubers of all ages are welcome.
The new chalet is the perfect place to warm up and grab a snack. The hills are open Wednesday- Friday evenings and all day Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are good for the entire day. Badlands make and groom their own snow to ensure the winter fun never stops despite the weather, and is open from mid-December to early March.
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