The mountain air brisk, the snow deep and the slope; just perfect. Snow tubing has been around since the 1820s and was said to have been founded in Canada, however documentation on the recreational winter activity is scarce. Several accounts credit Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden who told his Cabinet Members to slide around Parliament Hill during an Ottawa snowstorm. Some sources say tubing as we know it today was discovered after the invention of the innertube in the 1880’s. Regardless of how or when snow tubing started, it’s still a well-known and popular winter activity today that many people and families enjoy. Considered a sport to some, it requires very little skill except a willingness to speed down a hill and hold on for dear life.
While Grand County has many mountain slopes, there are very few “open” tubing hills with easy access to public lands. If you enjoy the ride so to speak take heart. There are three fun-filled tubing hills in Grand County, and we’ve highlighted them below for you. Be sure to visit their web pages for opening dates, rates, and information.
Historic Fraser Tubing Hill – 455 Co Rd 72, Fraser, CO 80442 – Phone: (970) 726-5954
The Historic Fraser Tubing Hill is considered a winter landmark by locals. It has been a family-owned operation since 1971, and, as the name implies is in fact in Fraser. Once the tubing hill reaches its base, the “Hill” is open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm and provides all innertubes to customers. Children between the ages of 3-6 years old can also enjoy the fun with an adult. Tube rentals are available for 60 and 90-minute increments with helmets that are strongly recommended. Rates, discounts, directions, and other information are all on their web page. http://www.frasertubinghill.com/rates.html
Colorado Adventure Park – 566 County Road 721, Fraser, CO 80442 – Phone 970-726-5779
The Colorado Adventure Park is literally just a hop skip and a bump away from the Historic Fraser Tubing Hill. Aside from snow tubing, CAP offers mini snowmobile’s designed for the kiddos (with restrictions) who can ride in the groomed meadow below the tube runs. They also have a liquor license, an escalator called the magic carpet that quickly transports tubing enthusiasts up to the hilltop, a fire pit plus other amenities and activities. Follow the link to their web page for more information. https://coloradoadventurepark.com/
Coca Cola Tube Park Winter Park Ski Resort
The Coca Cola Tube Park is located at the Winter Park Ski Resort and features four individual tubing lanes. Guests can expect thrilling tubing with banked curves and a nice warming lodge with tasty, seasonal treats. Unlike the two tubing hills in Fraser, reservations are required. All details for the CCTP are located at https://www.winterparkresort.com/things-to-do/activities/coca-cola-tubing