The five of us pulled our tubes up to the loading dock, where we handed the employee our loop and sat down in the tube. A not-so-violent jolt started us up the slope. It was like an escalator to fun. The suspense was building as we heard the joyous screams of others flying past us. Then, it was our turn. We raced down the icy shoot at speeds that seemed to be 50 mph but were probably half that at most.
This was my first snowtubing experience of 2010. It was at Fernwood's Winter Fun Center and it was a blast. The perfect family activity - we took along a younger brother to share in the fun. There are very limited risks, provided you stay in your tube. You'd expect more while plummeting down a sheet of ice on nothing but rubber and air. Another PMVB staffer hit Shawnee Mountain's snowtubing runs on the same weekend. He reported a similar response... pure fun.
All of our ski mountains and a number of our resorts offer snowtubing. So no matter where you live, there are professionally groomed snowtubing trails nearby. Take the family out or grab a friend and find out why I'm still grinning from my experience.