Snow Tubing Winter Fun

One of my favorite wintertime activities is to go snowtubing. It’s better (although more expensive) than going sledding, and for those of us intimidated by skis and snowboards, a great alternative. It’s one heck of a great way to feel like a kid again!

My favorite place to go is Boulder Ridge, part of the Ski Liberty Resort. Growing up in Frederick made Ski Liberty the go-to place for years for skiing and snowtubing.

The great thing about snowtubing is, no lessons, no experience is necessary — just dress warmly, and get ready for an adventure! I loved the thrill of going down the lanes. We’ve gone almost every year, and some years the lanes are faster than others, I guess depending on how packed the snow is. One year we went and it was relatively warm — in the high 30s — which was very enjoyable as we waited on line for our turn to go down.

Know before you go #1: Go in the morning, before the crowds really gather. Also, bring some entertainment for yourself. Entry into the queue to go down is timed, i.e., you’ll be given a start time at the top of the hour, but depending on the crowds, that could be an hour or two away. It can be a bit boring just watching other people go down and having all the fun. So bring a board game or card game and relax in the two-level log lodge at the foot of the tube lanes. Grab some coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy the day!

Know before you go #2: We like to bring snacks — the concessions in the lodge can be quite expensive. And because we tend to go in the morning, we have a late lunch at the Shamrock Restaurant, between Thurmont and Frederick along U.S. 15.

Getting there: 78 Country Club Trail , Carroll Valley, PA 17320

Hours: Hours and opening times vary, so be sure to check out the website.

Dogs: Nope, leave them at home, curled up warmly on the couch!


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