While heating up my lunch yesterday I was chatting with a co-worker who commented on my shirt. It was a lovely 50-30-20 blended light hoodie that I got at Winter Park. Recounting the trip, I told him about our time tubing.
“Tubing? I thought you went skiing?”
The Lady and I get this a lot. Most people simply don’t think to search for other activities in a ski town, or any town that specialize in a given sport. But if you look, you’ll often find little gems about. One such gem is Fraser Tubing Hill, A family run business that has been operating for about 44 years.
The Hills have a Cost
And that cost is 20$ an hour or 25$ for 90 minutes. They have group(15+) discounts, but I didn’t ask what that price was. I’ll be the first to say that 20$ can be expensive. An average 4 person family will cost ya a good 80$. That said, there are a few things to remember. First, and I’ll go into it below, the service you get does make the experience vastly better. Second, you are in a resort town. It’s just one of the realities that things will cost more in places like this. And finally… to be honesty I didn’t have a finally. I just thought it would sound weird only have a first and second. 🙂
Down the Hill
The first thing you’ll do when arriving is head into a little building that rest on top of the tubing hill.
Inside is where you will pay and sign away your life in the form of a one page waiver. Next is a 10-year-old 5 minute movie that goes over the does and don’ts. None of rules should come as a surprise, but in case you need a refresher, they’re also listed outside as shown in the picture above.
Movie complete, you will be given a tube and sent on your way.
The hill is self is pretty long, I don’t have any exact measurements but the picture above can give you an idea. I’d say the picture shows a good 1/2 of the hill length. I do however know how high the hill is via my trusty Fenix 3, which I used to record a few of my runs.
Depending on which part of the hill you take off from, you’ll get somewhere between 90-105 feet drop. Note that this is not how far you travel, simply the altitude different between the top and bottom.
At the bottom stands an employee whose sole job it is to make sure no one gets knocked on their butt by anyone coming down the hill. This does not mean that you will not get bumped time to time, he just makes sure that if you do get bumped, you’re still sitting in your tube. On the occasion that I did slide into someone else, we both laughed as it made the experience that much more fun.
So you might be thinking, “how do I get back up”?
The answer, you walk. Yes you walk… To the sides. On each side of the hill is a conveyor belt of sorts that takes you up the hill. Each tube has attached to it a short cord with a handle at the end. The handle serves the dual purpose of letting you hang on to another tube as you slide down the hill and for getting you back up the hill.
When you walk over to the sides, you’ll hand your tube to the employee. He’ll set it in the right spot where you’ll plop yourself back into it. The wire that you see has little hooks every 30 or so feet that will grab onto the handle and pull the tube and you back up the hill.
At the top of the hill is a little slop. That slop will cause the handle to fall off the latch that is pulling you up the hill. When that happens, you get yourself up and get out-of-the-way for the next person. It’s a cool little process that works wonderful. After a while I started to wish for a ride that just pulled me along up a hill. It was quite relaxing.
Once you’re back on top. You do the whole thing over again. 🙂
Here is a video of the ride up.
And here is The Lady going down.
If you’re in the area, I think it be silly to not give this place a try. The Lady and I went to it a total of 4 times over our trip. I think the fact that we were willing to spend almost 200$ here should tell you how fun it is. One thing that I should point out is that the Yelp reviews have some complaints that mostly relate to the fact that they were full. In my opinion it’s silly to give a place 1 star because they were too busy to accommodate you, but people do. So if your worried about driving there and finding out that there is a waiting list, perhaps given them a ring and ask.
Thanks for reading!
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