Description: Sliding down snowy hills in a giant rubber or plastic tire-shaped sled
Where: I’ve gone tubing at Mount Seymour and the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort (apparently a new tube park has opened at Grouse Mountain as well, though I haven’t tried their runs yet)
- Seymour: $20 per hour for the first couple of hours and $10 for each additional hour; family discount rates are available
- Cypress: $17 per hour for the first two hours and $6 for each additional hour
Time: As long as you’d like
Difficulty: No skill is required and the activity is pretty safe – I only saw one impressive three-person Fail-Blog-worthy wipe-out and no one was seriously hurt.
Required Equipment: Waterproof (snow) pants and jacket; the tubing sleds are supplied on site.
- Tubing is loads of fun and suitable for multi-age groups.
- You don’t have to walk back up the hill – just attach your sled to the rope tow and enjoy a leisurely slide up the hill while you take in the beautiful scenery (on the other hand, if you want a great workout, just walk up after every run).
- None of the runs are very steep, so you can’t build up an adrenaline-inducing amount of speed.
- During peak times, it can get crowded, which means that there are waits to go down each run.
- At Mt. Seymour, you’re only allowed to go down head first and you’re not permitted to link arms with a group of friends and go down together (at Cypress, you can go down as a group).
- Kids must be at least four feet tall (or around 6 years old) to go tubing; this activity isn’t safe for toddlers.
For more activity descriptions, see the main Activities page.
*Rules and prices may have changed since the time of this writing.