Winter Recreation

Don’t have winter skills? Hop in a tube and slide down these slopes for an easy thrill

It’s a tubing train. Aimee Erickson, Craig Collins, Rachel Erickson and Katie Riggs, all visitors from California, tried the Pepsi GoldRush Tubing Hill at Bogus Basin Saturday on opening day. For them, it was good to be playing in snow.
It’s a tubing train. Aimee Erickson, Craig Collins, Rachel Erickson and Katie Riggs, all visitors from California, tried the Pepsi GoldRush Tubing Hill at Bogus Basin Saturday on opening day. For them, it was good to be playing in snow. Idaho Statesman file

Here are your tubing options in the region:

ACTIVITY BARN

Facility: Six 800-foot tubing lanes with a magic carpet ride back to the top. Plus, beginner ski slope and a 5-kilometer groomed trail for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. The trail is free.

Where: From Idaho 55 on the south end of McCall, turn west on Deinhard Lane, go 0.5 miles and turn left on Mission. Continue 1.6 miles to Moonridge Road, take a right and continue 0.6 miles.

When: 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Extra dates and hours for holidays, winter break, Winter Carnival and spring break.

How much? $15 for two hours non-peak, $18 holiday and peak days, $5 for a single ride.

Web: activitybarn.com

BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

Facility: An 800-foot tubing-only hill with a paddle tow. Online reservations recommended.

Where: The tubing hill at Bogus Basin is on your left as you enter the recreation area. Park anywhere in the main lot or near the Nordic center.

When: Two-hour sessions beginning at 11 a.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. weekends/holidays. Hill is open daily from Dec. 19 through Jan. 1.

How much? $15 per person for a two-hour session.

Web: bogusbasin.org

GATEWAY PARKS/EAGLE ISLAND STATE PARK

Facility: Tubing, snowboarding and skiing, including snowboard rentals and a magic carpet.

Where: 165 S. Eagle Island Parkway, Eagle (inside Eagle Island State Park)

When: 4-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, holidays and “no school” days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays

How much? $15 daily

IDAHO X-SPORTS ADVENTURE PARK

Facility: Five tubing lanes that vary from “mild to wild” on a 900-foot-long slope (100 feet of vertical) with lift and lights. Online reservations are highly recommended. The park also has snowshoeing and cross country skiing trails and snow bike trails.

Where: 135 Charter Ranch Road, Garden Valley

When: 6-9 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Expanded hours for holidays.

How much? $20 per two-hour session, $15 for three hours on Friday nights

Web: idahoxsports.com

ROTARUN SKI AREA

Facility: Small ski area near Hailey that has added a tubing hill this year. It’s a walk-up hill with plans to add a lift next winter. The ski hill has 475 vertical feet with a Poma lift that pulls skiers and tubers to the top. They can exit the lift early for an easier route to the bottom of the hill.

Where: 25 Rodeo Drive, Hailey. From Idaho 75, go west on Bullion from downtown Hailey and right on Rodeo.

When: 6-9 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

How much? Tubing is free, including use of a tube. Skiing is $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Those 5 and under or 70-plus ski for free.

Web: rotarunskiarea.org

STEAMBOAT GULCH

Facility: This is a walk-up slope, with no tow rope. The fee pays for plowing the road and parking lot, and for portable toilets. Bring your own tube.

Where: Drive one mile north of Idaho City on Idaho 21. Turn right on Pine Creek Road and go about a half-mile and turn right onto a bridge. That road will take you to the tubing hill.

When: Open all day

How much? $10 parking fee

Web: steamboatgulch.com

(We couldn’t reach Steamboat Gulch organizers. Info based on 2015-16 season.)

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