Experience These Fun Winter Activities After Skiing or Snowboarding
by G. Kunkel
(This article was originally published on Yahoo! Voices on 1/25/2011)
After a day on the ski slopes at Winter Park Resort, kids of all ages can experience the thrill of snow tubing and sledding at several locations around the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, Colorado. All of the sledding areas are lighted so tubers and sledders can play well into the night. No experience is necessary and tubes and sleds are provided.
Free plastic sleds and a lighted gentle sledding hill are available during the day and nightly at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park, Colorado. Sleds and disks are available on a first come basis. Bring hot chocolate to keep sledders warm or purchase some at nearby businesses. Sledders can stay warm next to the available gas fire pits. Hideaway Park has a spacious new restroom facility that is open until 9 pm. Preview sledding at Hideaway Park – http://www.winterparkgov.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=912
Fraser Tubing Hill
Fraser Tubing Hill is the original tubing hill in Winter Park-Fraser. It has a lighted groomed hill with a warming house, hot drinks, and snacks. The tubing hill runs Monday – Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm. Their hourly rates include – use of tube, lift access, and use of the hill. Rent by a single run or by the minute. Rates are $5-20.
Reservations are not required. Groups should call ahead for rates and reservations. Fraser Tubing Hill is located a half mile up the hill from the KFC in Fraser. Take the free ski shuttle bus to the KFC and they’ll come pick you up. Call in advance before heading out for evening hours. http://www.site.thefrasertubinghill.com/
P.O. Box 219
Fraser, CO 80442
Colorado Adventure Park
Colorado Adventure Park is the newest tubing hill in Fraser, Colorado. It is located right next to the original Fraser Tubing Hill. It has a lighted sledding and tubing hill and a cozy warming hut with free wifi and restrooms. The tubing hill is open daily form 10 am to 10 pm. Activities include sledding, tubing, airboards, and snowscoots. Rates range from $10-22. Sledding is free for kids age 3 and under.
Reservations are not required but are recommended for large groups. Tubers must be over the age of 3. Airboarders must be 13 or older. The snow scoots are limited to those age 6-13. Helmets are required for all participants. Rentals are available on-site. Drive to the ample parking lot or CAP can arrange transportation. http://www.coloradoadventurepark.com/
For a preview of the action – http://www.kwgn.com/videobeta/0a5046f1-82c5-4c53-a13d-b97191d45c66/News/Extreme-Kellie-Sledding
566 County Road 721
P.O. Box 870
Fraser, CO 80442
Winter Park Resort
While tubing and sledding are not permitted on the ski slopes of Winter Park Resort, tubers can enjoy the new Coca-Cola Tubing Hill next to the Vintage Hotel at ski resort. It has four lanes with varying degrees of speed. The lanes closest to the magic carpet lift are the fastest. If you want to spin going down the lane, just ask the attendant. Tubing fee is $20-22/hour. Season passholders get a 50% discount.
Snow Mountain Ranch
Members and guests of the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado can tube and sled on the area’s lighted tubing hill for free. Tubes and sleds can be rented at The Nordic Center Pavilion. Tube and sled rental is $5. http://www.ymcarockies.org/smrnordic.html
Ski Granby Ranch
On Saturday nights during the ski season, there are three 45-minute tubing sessions on a first-come, first-served basis on the lighted Ski Granby Ranch tubing hill in Granby, Colorado. The tubing season runs from January 1 – April 2, 2011 from 5-8 pm. Participants must be age 6+. Tubing is $11/session. http://www.granbyranch.com/night-skiing.html
There’s more than skiing and snowboarding in Winter Park, Colorado during the winter. Tubing and sledding hills are a popular way to enjoy the snow with friends and family. No skill required. A taste for thrills and spills is a must.
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