Just one good push from mom or dad evokes a squeal of excitement from their child (that looks more like a burrito than a human), and the tube slides over the precipice of the hill, beginning its decent into the snowy valley.
Burrito and tube disappear for a brief moment, swallowed by the sea of snow, and then come back into view as they approach the end of their ride, laughing as if tickled by the winter air.
Snow tubing is a rush of speed and adrenaline – fun in its purest form. Here’s a list of places to make those good tubing memories with loved ones this winter.
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1. The Rock Snowpark
7011 S. BALLPARK DR., FRANKLIN
Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Milwaukee, The Rock Snowpark offers tubing seven days a week starting at $20. Plus, on select Saturdays, The Rock has nighttime glow tubing after regular hours!
2. Sunburst Winter Sports Park
8355 PROSPECT DR., KEWASKUM
For a $20 ticket, you get access to 40 chutes that reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Oh, and Sunburst is home to the world’s largest tubing hill, so do with that what you will.
3. Wilmot Mountain Snow Tubing
12301 FOX RIVER RD., WILMOT
About 50 minutes from Milwaukee, Wilmot Mountain is a great place to hit the slopes and the hills. With over 22 lanes that are over 1,000 feet long, the snow tubing area is located half a mile south of the main ski and snowboard entrance, at the intersection of County Hwy CK and Hwy W. Tickets will run you $39.
4. Nordic Mountain
W5806 COUNTY RD W, WILD ROSE
This tubing park, while a little over two hours away from Milwaukee, has plenty of fun tubing adventures. Riders can go almost 40 mph down one of their many tubing chutes for a ride that is more than four football fields long. Passes start at $20.
5. Alpine Hills
4402 LARSON AVE., ROCKFORD, IL
Reservations are strongly recommended by this snow sports park located about an hour and a half southwest of Milwaukee. Little ones (ages 4-5) are able to ride tandem with an adult and general admission is $8.