Looking to hit the slopes this winter? I don’t mean skiing and snowboarding, I’m talking about SLEDDING! TUBING! AWESOME! Actually, sledding was the only winter “sport” that I did as a kid and still do today. Why? Because I never learned how to snowboard, skis scare me, and ice skating hurts my feet, that’s why. (Geeez, lay off already!) But on a lighter note, sledding is tons of fun for everyone. The bumps and bruises acquired from sledding are always accompanied with laughter (usually) and screams and it’s juts the best. And speaking of the best, where are the best places to go in Southern Idaho for sledding? You’re about to find out.

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    Located 28 miles south of Hansen, Magic Mountain has a full-fledged tubing lift. So after you get to the bottom of the slope, just hook up your tube and do it all over again! The tubing lift ticket and rental is $13 for a two-hour session. Call 736-SNOW for more information. And be sure to check out their bus route schedule. That’s right – you don’t even need to drive there! The bus picks you up close to home, and then takes you back at the end of the day. There are several pick-up and drop-off locations in the Magic Valley, so be sure and find the one that’s most convenient for you.

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    Sixteen miles north of Boise, check out the tubing at Bogus Basin! Their Pepsi Goldrush Tubing Hill features an 800-foot downhill slide, plus a rope tow so you can just chill while you go back up the mountain…just to go back down it again! Now, they do say reservations are recommended (which can be made online) as the maximum capacity is 100 tubes (one person per tube) per 2-hour session at the tubing hill. Sessions starts at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5 pm. Tubes are provided on the hill and included with your ticket. The minimum height required is 36". Fridays the run is open from 11am-7pm, Saturdays 9am-7pm and Sundays 9am-5pm. Ticket prices are $10/person for a two hour session, $5/person for a one-hour. Call 332-5493 for details.

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    This is new, new, NEW! That’s right, Dollar Mountain is now harboring Sun Valley Resort’s brand new Snow Tubing Park. It has three 600-foot lanes and a lift so you don’t have to trudge uphill. It’s close to a little lodge, so grab some hot cocoa on your break and there’s even a buffet too so you don’t even have to pack a lunch! (But then again, it is Sun Valley, so if you want to feed your family for the next month, you may want to just go ahead and bring your own food.) Tickets for one hour of fun are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and it’s an additional $10 per hour for everyone after that. Call 622-2245 or check out the website for more details.

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    Now Pomerelle, is open daily from 9am-4pm, which is awesome for those with changing schedules. Located 12 miles outside of Albion, there’s also a round-trip bus system that only costs $10. But here’s the catch: Technically, Pomerelle doesn’t have an official tubing thingamajig like the previous two mountains. But fret not! For I’m aware of a secret, but you didn’t hear it from me. I happen to know that as you’re heading up the mountain, there is a great, fantastic, Festivus miracle of a hill. Not too big, not too small. There’s no lift to take you back up, but it is FREE. Just off to the right, as you’re heading up the mountain. And hey, it can’t be that big of a secret: there are parking spaces. Call 673-5555 for more information… well, legal information anyway.

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    Seriously, these resorts are all fine and dandy, but nothing beats your own backyard! For example, if you’ve lived in Twin Falls at all during the winter, you know that the hill right by the City Pool is rampant with sleds and tubes whenever there’s snow on the ground. It’s not a huge hill by any means, but it’s a great hill because it’s fun and it’s simple…and free. There are plenty of parks and places to find around town that offer new hills to explore with t he whole family, and make some really great memories too. So grab your winter gear, grab your sled, grab some people you know (or don’t know, just be cautious) and go on an adventure of undiscovered adrenaline rushes!

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