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 - Portage

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 - Wausau

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 - Wilmot

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 - Kewaskum

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 - Hudson

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.