Winter Recreation

Here are four places to take the family sliding down the slopes in southern Idaho

Gateway Parks is open Fridays-Sundays.
Gateway Parks is open Fridays-Sundays. ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The tubing options in the region have shrunk this winter. Idaho X-Sports in Garden Valley has closed permanently and Rotarun in Hailey no longer offers tubing. Here’s where to go tubing this winter:

ACTIVITY BARN

Facility: Up to six 800-foot tubing lanes with a magic carpet ride back to the top and an increased fleet of tubes in order to increase time sliding and reduce waiting time. Plus, beginner ski slope and a 5-kilometer groomed trail for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. The trail is free. Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be added this season.

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: 2-6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Holiday hours for winter break (Dec. 15 –Jan. 7) and MLK & Presidents Day weekends.

How much? Snow tubing gravity pack: $49 for four, two-hour tubing sessions (available until Nov. 30). $15 for two hours non-peak, $18 holiday and peak days, $5 for a single ride. $75 for Activity Barn season pass.

Website: activitybarn.com

BOGUS BASIN MOUNTAIN RECREATION AREA

Facility: An 800-foot tubing-only hill with a new magic carpet. Advance online reservation required due to high demand. No phone reservations unless making payment with Bogus Bucks.

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: 1.5 hour sessions beginning at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. weekends/holidays. Reservations begin Dec. 1.

How much? $15 per person for a 1.5 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: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

How much? $18 for two hours, reservations required through Eventbrite. Early-bird season pass is $149 through Dec. 16.

Website: gatewayparks.com

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 weekends and during Christmas break, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much? $10 parking fee

Web: steamboatgulch.com

Note: We couldn’t reach Steamboat Gulch representatives. This listing is based on 2016-17 info.

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