Snow tubing and sledding are extremely popular activities in the Northwest - and for good reason! The Northwest is home to snowy mountains galore that are dotted with places to play in the snow. Tubing is a great way for families to spend some fun time together, laughing and enjoying the outdoors. Play in the snow and then warm up with a mug of hot chocolate, or pair a day out in the powder with an idyllic cold-weather destination like Leavenworth in Washington or Mt. Hood in Oregon.
Wherever you go - whether it be Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon or Washington State - here are the region's top snow tubing hills and areas.
Just a short drive from Seattle, the snow tubing hill at The Summit at Snoqualmie is fun for kids and adults. Tubing is offered in sessions that are two hours each and a tube is included with each admission for a session. There are 20 tubing lanes, that are 500 feet long and have a vertical of 40 feet, and there's a surface lift available.
Viewing-only tickets are available for those who wish to be part of the fun but don't plan to slide down the slope themselves.
Tubing admission is $8 for children under 5, $24 for youth 6-12, and $26 for ages 13+.
Snoqualmie opens for the season once they have enough snow, which can vary widely. Check their website to see if they are open.
Leavenworth's tubing park is named in honor of LT Michael Adams, who was killed in March 2004 while serving in Iraq. The park offers excellent tubing and provides tubes with each admission. The hill is 100 feet long and there's a rope-tow to save you from the work of trudging back to the top of the hill. To warm up afterward, you can enjoy snacks and hot chocolate in the Ski Hill Lodge.
Admission is $20 per person. Like most parks and resorts in Washington, the park opens when enough snow accumulates, which can range. You can check live webcams to see the snow accumulation for yourself (as on early December 2018, it's pretty bare of snow so far!)
Kids and adults will have a thrilling day - or evening! - tubing at Mt. Hood Skibowl. The Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Skibowl East. Tubing is done in two-hour sessions and tubes are provided with admission. It's best to buy tickets in advance as there's not always space available for walk-ins. Tickets are $20 for juniors (must be at least 3 and also 36 to 48 inches tall) and $25 for anyone taller than 48 inches. There's a special kiddie tubing hill too for younger kids who aren't ready for the full experience, too.
Included in admission is access to Frosty's Playland, which is a heated indoor playspace where kids can warm up and have even more fun. There are also kiddie snowmobiles available for an additional fee.
In addition to daytime on the three different hills (kiddie, main, and extreme thrill) you can enjoy Cosmic Tubing after dark, complete with lights, lasers, and loud music.
If you're near Boise, Bogus Basin is an ideal place to go as it's just 16 miles from Boise. The park's tubing hill is a whopping 800 feet long, and they have a rope-tow so that you can ride back up the hill. Tubing costs $15 per person for a 1.5 hour session and tubes are provided. Advanced reservations are required and you can book online. Winter 2018-2019 operations started on December 6!
The Activity Barn is located in McCall, Idaho, a hot spot for winter fun of all kinds. The park offers up to six 800-foot tubing lanes and a conveyor lift so you don't have to trudge all the way back up! Lanes are sculpted into mini half pipes and have slight differences to keep things fun.
A couple of the tubing lanes are open for the season as of early December, with more set to open later in the season. Tickets for tubing are $18 for a two-hour session, with various discounts for military, one-time rides, season passes, and ski-tubing combo tickets. The park is open for the 2018-2019 season, but some weeks is only open on Fridays and weekends.
This Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tubing hill offers three groomed tube runs and tube lifts to take you back to the top. King Tubes is located at the base of Snow King Mountain. Tubing is $20 for a one-hour session or get an all-day pass for $90. There's a lot more going on at this park than just tubing, too. You can also ride the Winter Cowboy Coaster or go skiing, if you're so inclined. Kids must be at least 42 inches to ride. The park is open for the 2018-2019 season.
Mt. Bachelor's Snowblast Tubing Park is Central Oregon's biggest tubing area. With up to six lanes and an 800-foot hill, Mt. Bachelor is fun for all, but kids must be at least 42 inches to ride. There's a tow lift to get you back to the top.
The park is open for the season as of December 14, 2018, and tubing is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and some select weekdays during the holidays. Tubing costs $25 for ages 13+ or $20 for 12 and younger for two-hour sessions, or $45 and $35 respectively for an all-day pass. Tickets do sell out, but are not available online so get there early in the day. The park is located near the resort's Ski and Sport Building.