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Adventure, Travel / January 12, 2016

Colorado’s best snow tubing

Written by: Anna Baldwin

Snow tubing is the closest most of us will get to the luge. Not that we know&Mdash;we’ve never been on a luge course (we’re more into skeleton). But we can imagine.

So this week, we’ve rounded up three great tubing options at our favorite resorts. That’s three great places to throw yourself face first down an icy track.

Copper Mountain

Snow Tubing | Copper Mountain |

The four lubing lanes at Copper Mountain’s tubing spot consist of banked turns, jumps, and a long run out area so you can get the most out of all the speed you gain on the downhill. Make it your main activity for the day, or go after hitting the slopes – the lanes are located right at the base next to the Super Bee Lift.

And better yet? There are multiple tube options you can choose from including double-tubes. That way, your group can go all at once. Or, divvy up your group among the lanes and make it a battle for first to the bottom with a quick trip up the magic carpet back to the top.

If you go: Dress in warm and waterproof layers. Book your reservation at least one day in advance and get 20% off, though one hour of tubing is just $26. This is excluding peak dates when it’s $32. Copper ski season pass-holders get a discount, as well as if you bring 10 or more people, $16. Tubing is open until 6 p.m. most days.

Vail’s Adventure Ridge

Snow Tubing | Vail's Adventure Ridge |

Tubing at Vail can be a multiple activity day or date-night—ride the gondola to the top of the mountain, take in the glory that is Mount of the Holy Cross, then grab dinner at the on-mountain restaurant, Bistro Fourteen. Adventure Ridge—Vail’s football-sized snow ‘fun zone’—is open until 9 p.m. daily.

Oh, and the tubing is great too—the multiple-lane track is actually scare-worthy due to the length and pitch. But in a good way. We love how the smaller easy-access lift right next to the course allows for quick laps.

If you go: Adverse conditions can close the course because of how it’s located at the top of the mountain—be sure to call to check if it’s open on windy days. It’s $40 for 3 runs per person or $70 for unlimited runs. A cozy Adventure Ridge lodge has hot chocolate available for the duration of your visit.

Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Tubing | Snow Mountain Ranch |

Snow Mountain Ranch is actually operated by the YMCA of the Rockies, which makes the tubing rates more affordable than some of the bigger resorts’ prices. Located just 20 minutes past Winter Park on Highway 40, the views of the surrounding mountains while tubing here really can’t be matched.

And the tubing fun doesn’t have to stop when the snow melts. Summer tubing on the grounds is also an option come spring and summer on the patented SnowFlex technology tubing hill. It’s the first summer tubing course in Colorado.

If you go: Advance pass reservations are not an option. It’s $20 for adult passes and $10 for 13 and under. If you make the trip a multiple-day affair, tubing is free for on-site guests. For summer tubing, it’s $35 per person for 13 and older.

Photos courtesy respective resorts. 


about the author

Anna Baldwin

Anna Baldwin is a part-time writer, part-time web developer and full time skier in Boulder, Colorado. She enjoys exploring her state during epic multi-sport days with her adorable German Shepherd mix.

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