For a state that loves tubing its prolific lakes in the summertime, it makes sense that Michigan folks cruise the slopes in a similar fashion when the snow falls, too. Propelling down a snowy slope in an air-filled donut might sound nuts, but at these Northern Michigan resorts, parks and ski areas, it’s downright exhilarating—plus with supervision and professionally built courses, it’s a thrill made for family fun. Wherever your snow boots take you, don’t forget to dress in warm clothes, with a hat, goggles, gloves and snow pants. And a helmet never hurts. For a thrilling winter adventure, add snow tubing to your vacation or weekend agenda at these local hills.
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Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls
Put on your winter boots and your warmest gear to slide down Boyne’s high-velocity tube park. According to Boyne, “In our experience, tubing may just be the most fun you can have while sitting down.” You won’t have to trek up the hill to get your kicks, simply clip your tube onto the conveyor and enjoy the ride to the top from the comfort of your tube. For $35, folks ages five and older can plan for four hours of tubing, or choose from the 1-hour pass for just $18 or the 2-hour pass for $25. Plan your trip with Boyne’s Tubing Park schedule.
Mt. Holiday, Traverse City
Tucked into the back hills of Traverse City, the community non-profit recreation area known as Mt. Holiday features snow tubing rates as low as $11 an hour. It’s a prime spot to glide the slopes. Mt. Holiday loves tubing so much they even host tubing parties! Find out how you can host a tubing party for your crew of 10 or more, plus get the schedule and rates.
Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire
At Shanty Creek, Alpine Tubing will send your spirit soaring at the multi-lane park. Rates start at $13 per hour and tubers must be at least 36″ tall to blaze the multi-lane tube park. Plan your visit.
Mt. Zion Recreational Complex, Ironwood
Mt. Zion is located in the Upper Peninsula on the campus of Gogebic Community College. Known for its reasonable rates, snow tubing park and its learn-to-ski and snowboard programs, Mt. Zion is a great place to plan a winter adventure. A 2-hour snow tubing session costs $18 for adults and children. Check out Mt. Zion’s snow tubing schedule.
Treetops Resort, Gaylord
Located right next to the ski slopes, Treetops tube park offers one-hour tubing sessions for $15 ($19 during the holiday season). Ski and snowboard boots are not permitted in the park, so don’t forget to bring your winter boots. Find our more about the extreme tubing park.
Timberlee Hills, Traverse City
Glide down Northern Michigan’s largest snow tubing hill solo or enjoy the ride in a tandem tube with a friend. Then sit back and enjoy the scenic ride back up to the top of the run on Timberlee’s tried & true towline. Warm-up by the fireside and refuel with hot cocoa and pizza inside Timberlee’s Hilltop Hideaway—a perfect spot to host an outing or party. Rates start at $14 an hour. Here’s more hill info.
Ski Brule, Iron River
Located in the Upper Peninsula, Ski Brule is all about getting the family outdoors for fun winter recreation. Ski Brule offers two types of snow tubing, the Whitewater Snow Tubing Park and Homestead Snow Tubing Park. For $5 you can hop on your tube for five exciting rides down the Whitewater Tubing Park, or for just $4 you can enjoy unlimited tubing at the Homestead Tubing Park. Get the details here.
Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs
Kids and adults alike enjoy eight snow-covered, side-by-side 800-foot tubing lanes at Boyne Highlands. Ages five and up can purchase a 1-hour pass for $18, a 2-hour pass for $25 or an entire day of tubing fun for $35. Find out more here.
Article by Dani Knoph