Snow tubing has its place on the slopes
There is snow-much fun to have in New Hampshire in the winter and no need to hibernate if your family does not participate in the traditional outdoor winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling. The exhilarating rush of the cold air in your face as you whiz down the trail can still be felt at one of the many snow tubing parks in the state and as popularity grows so do the number of parks as this season Ragged Mountain Resort and Waterville Valley Resort have added snowtubing parks to their ski areas.
There are no personal equipment needed for snow tubing nor any experience required to enjoy zooming down the lanes at a snow tubing park and any age can participate.
Ragged Mountain's snow tubing park opened in time for the holiday vacation week but their grand opening celebration will be held on Saturday, January 18 with a special 3-hour tubing session under the lights from 3-6pm for the normal 2-hour price. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, fireworks, free hot chocolate and tubing.
Also the winner of the Name the Tubing Park contest will be announced at the ceremony. Visit Ragged Mountain's Facebook page to enter a name for the new park by January 13 and a chance to win a tubing and pizza party for four.
Ragged Mountain's new park is 650 feet long with a series of pitches and rollers for an exciting ride. Snow tubers could reach speeds up to 30mph or more. The park is serviced by a carpet which brings tubers back to the top of the park for additional runs. The park has ten dedicated lanes with a 250 foot run-off space for safety.
"Our new tubing park is a thrilling ride and an exciting way to get outside with your family, whether you ski or not. The new tubing park is the first of many family friendly amenities that will be offered to guests in the upcoming years." said Bob Ashton, President and General Manager at Ragged Mountain.
The cost to snow tube is $23 per 2-hour session starting at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm from Friday through Sunday. Children over 42" can ride alone but under 42" need to be accompanied by an adult. The park is located near the Barnyard beginner slope.
Waterville Valley's new Tubing Park and Warming Center is located on the hill adjacent to the Waterville Valley Golf Course while the club house will be used as a warming center that also offers refreshment and an outdoor fire pit for the enjoyment of tubers and Nordic skiers. It has been very popular and sold out every hour on opening weekend.
The park will offer multiple dedicated tubing lanes. The tubing hill is a walk-up area with no surface lift. The cost is $10 per hours and tickers are sold on the hour. Riders need to be over 42" to tube alone or accompanied by an adult for an additional $7 charge. The park is opened Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 2pm-8pm and Sunday 11am-3pm weather and conditions permitting.
The 600 foot long Tubing Park at Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker has been around since 2001 and typically receives about a 10,000 visitors during the winter season. "Snow tubing is for the young and the young at heart. Guests of all ages think snow tubing is a blast. Families love to bring their whole family including grandparents", says Kris Blomback, Pats Peak General Manager.
"Snow tubing is a simple, fun way to slide on snow. No skills required. One of the great parts of snow tubing at Pats Peak is not having to walk back up the hill as you sit in your tube and are pulled up by the J-Bar surface lift", says Lori Rowell, Pats Peak Director of Marketing.
Pats Peak's Tubing Park is opened Friday through Sunday but if you want to tube on a Thursday visit McIntyre's 600 foot newly expanded Tubing Park in Manchester featuring eight lanes and a surface lift.
Other New Hampshire ski areas that offer snow as well as the tubing parks listed above at tubing are Bretton Woods Ski Area, Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, Granite Gorge in Keene, Great Glenn Trails in Pinkham Notch, Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, Jackson XC, King Pine Purity Hill Resort in East Madison, Loon Mountain in Lincoln, as well as the tubing parks listed above at McIntyre in Manchester Pats Peak in Henniker, Ragged Mountain in Danbury and Waterville Valley.
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