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Tubing Is Popular In Midwest

Wild-Mountain-Wild-Chutes-Wild-Mountain Riding the Wild Chutes at Minnesota's Wild Mountain. (Wild Mountain)

The Midwest has 116 ski areas scattered across the Heartland and just under half of them offer snow tubing, especially across the lower Midwest. It’s relatively safe, and something easy to do. Just sit and let gravity do the work.

There are 45 ski areas offering lift served tubing parks. Minnesota and Wisconsin lead the way with nine each, and all the ski areas in Ohio and Indiana offer tubing. It’s become very popular drawing thousands of tubers busy weekends.   

Here’s a quick tour around the Midwest highlighting some of the top ski area tubing parks.

Tubing is popular in the evening at Boston Mills/Brandywine. (Facebook Boston Mills/Brandywine)

Ohio’s Boston Mills/Brandywine, located just south of Cleveland, has the Polar Blast Tubing park, largest in the Buckeye State. It offers, when fully open, 20 tubing lanes with two conveyor belts for easy access back to the top. The tubing park has its own lodge for easy warm up, snacks and drinks.

Perfect North Slopes has one of the largest tubing parks in lower Midwest. (Facebook/Perfect North)

Indiana’s Perfect North Slopes, just a stone's throw away from Cincinnati and not far from Indianapolis, offers one of the largest tubing parks in the Heartland. There are 23 lanes, even a couple of super lanes to accommodate families, which plunge 1200 feet down the slope and a couple of conveyor lifts for the trip back up. Weekends can be busy, but it doesn’t deter fun-loving crowds.

Tubing at Hidden Valley brings big smiles. (Facebook Hidden Valley)

Hidden Valley, near St. Louis, has the only tubing park in the Show Me State. The popular Polar Plunge Tubing Park offers 16 lanes with two conveyor lifts back up.

Wilmot Mountain's tubing park lights up the night sky. (Facebook/Wilmot Mountain)

Wilmot Mountain, just a few miles north of Chicago along the Wisconsin border, keeps Windy City tubers busy with the tubing park's 22 lanes and two conveyor lifts. A lodge is available for snacks, drinks and warm up.

Getting Sunburst's tubing park ready. (Sunburst/Facebook)

Sunburst Winter Sports Park, between Milwaukee and Sheboygan, has one of the top 10 tubing parks in the country, according to USA Today. They offer 45 lanes where they claim you can reach speeds of 40 mph on the downhill run, and there are two conveyor lifts to keep the fun moving. A tubing café is available for snacks and drinks. It’s very popular with people from all over lower Wisconsin.

Near the Twin Cities Buck Hill offers a dozen chutes for tubing with a conveyor lift back up. Wild Mountain, about an hour east, has Wild Chutes, which offers several lanes of sledding fun and a conveyor lift. An extra-wide lane is dedicated to double-wide chains. It’s very popular on weekends, but handles crowds well.

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