Who says you need snow to hurtle down a mountain on an inflatable donut?
The fun loving adventure hounds at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch have raised the bar with the opening of their year-round Snowflex tubing hill.
What-now? Snowflex is a revolutionary man-made surface that mimics the absorption and sliding quality of groomed ski trails. Hailing from Britain (where snow is a rare commodity and mainly limited to the Scottish highlands), the Snowflex system was designed to allow ski and snowboard enthusiasts a year round surface on which they could hone their skills. For those familiar with the traditional plastic-carpet-style ‘dry’ ski slopes, this is a whole other beast…and a much more user friendly one at that! This Snowflex slope is the first of its kind in Colorado, and just the 3rd to be built in the entire US.
The Snowflex Tubing Hill at Snow Mountain Ranch is designed with rollers and short steeps that make for a really fun ride. Using the same type of inflatable tube that you would for winter tubing, you can go round and round as many times as you like, without even loosing your breath thanks to the magic carpet escalator. There’s also a handy concession hut at the top of the tubing hill, which makes for a great shady spot for parents or little ones to hang out in, while the older laugh themselves tired on the slopes.
The tubing hill will be open year round, and is only for tubing purposes – no skiing or snowboard at this time. Off-site guests must purchase a day visitor pass to the facilities at Snow Mountain Ranch which will give them access to the tubing hill, and many of the other activities on offer at the Y, including swimming pool, mini golf, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails.
YMCA Daily Activity Pass
13 and older: $35 per person
6-12 years old: $25 per person
3-5 years old: $15 per person
For further information on the tubing hill and other activities on offer at Snow Mountain Ranch, call 970-887-2152 ext 4135.
Sarah August 7th, 2014