Winter’s best days have arrived, and Wisconsin’s tubing hills are delivering thrills for kids of all ages. These hills offer the perfect escape for a family that needs a little quality time outside and you don’t even need any fancy equipment and lessons to have fun—just hang on and smile. So go ahead and grab a tube: Here are a few of the state’s best places for winter tubing.
The king of all tubing hills is located near West Bend. Sunburst Winter Sports Park is home to the world’s largest tubing hill, boasting an amazing 45 tubing lanes. It’s a fun ride—the hill has a 90-foot vertical drop and tubers can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour on the way down! The park also has a variety of food and drink options. Sunburst is a quick 6-minute drive north of West Bend’s lodging properties and restaurants.
Located in Rusk County’s Blue Hills, this resort offers some of the region’s best winter fun. The resort has six groomed chutes that carry riders down the hill but not all are alike—choose the easy gentle chute that slowly glides you to the bottom or take a white-knuckle cruise over the bumps and jumps of the fast lane. The scenery at Christie Mountain is spectacular, with expansive views and beautiful rock outcroppings. Enjoy some fun on the slopes in one of the most beautiful places in the Midwest. Christie Mountain is located about 20 minutes west of Ladysmith.
A short drive south of Marshfield in central Wisconsin, you’ll find a scenic park that’s a popular winter playground. Powers Bluff County Park is a 160-acre site that’s open to skiers, snowboarders and tubers, offering a fun 250-foot vertical drop. Families love tubing the four available fast-paced tube runs. The rest of Powers Bluff is well worth exploring while you’re at the hill, too. The park is located at the peak of an ancient mountain range and offers some impressive views. It also has a rich cultural history; this was once the site of a Native American village.
This popular ski hill and outdoor recreation area outside of Mt. Horeb (about a 30-minute drive west from downtown Madison) has been welcoming winter sports enthusiasts for more than 60 years. Skiers and snowboarders will find a variety of hills and terrain parks to navigate, and Tyrol Basin is also home to a snowtubing hill that’s fun for all ages. The hill is generally open from after Christmas to early March, and Tyrol Basin makes its own snow, so conditions are always great.