It's a winter thrill 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 the 100-foot-drop, multiple-chute, lift-to-the-top-of-the-hill kind of tubing. And nearby, you’ll find warm facilities like cozy chalets that serve delicious food and hot chocolate.
Here's a look at five of Wisconsin's top snow tubing hills that will thrill the family this 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 for the family to warm up together while enjoying sandwiches 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 encourages kids of all ages to "Sit down, Hold on, Push off, Scream, Repeat!" Six chutes carve a path down a pair of hills with 133 feet of elevation, and two wire tows return everyone 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’s 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 delight. Wilmot offers two state-of-the-art covered conveyor lifts which means less time uphill trekking and more time on the tube. They make their own snow, so no need to worry about the snow conditions.
A brand new lodge sells tickets and refreshments, and provides a sun deck to watch other tubers enjoying the snowy hill. Wilmot recommends a minimum height of 42" for tubers and features 25 unique downhill runs offering varied terrain for all skiers and snowboarders.
Sunburst is designed for maximum snow tubing excitement with 42, 1300-foot lanes that rocket riders of all ages down the 10 story drops at speeds of up to 40mph. And the hill's two 540-foot "Magic Carpet" lifts take you and your tube back to the top of the hill with ease.
Concessions are available at the Sunburst chalet, and their snow-making capabilities ensure perfect snow conditions from mid-December through early March. 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 runs offer something for everyone in the family: 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 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 chalet is the perfect place to warm up and grab a snack. Badlands make and groom their own snow to ensure the magic never stops from mid-December to early March.
If you're looking for more winter downhill thrills for the family, check out these 5 Unique Wisconsin Sledding Hills.