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Snow Tubing in Indiana
The feel of the wind whipping past as you zoom down a hill on an inner tube is an experience that can make you actually look forward to winter weather.
If you live in the Louisville area—either on the Indiana or Kentucky side, there are several excellent options for snow tubing:
Located in southern Indiana, Paoli Peaks has 9 different lanes going down a 700-foot slope. According to the official website, the venue provides special tubes that allow tubers to travel down the hill faster and more smoothly than some other places. Although patrons have to walk back up the hill after tubing down, there is a "magic carpet" that offers tread and allows one to walk back up more easily than without.
When it's time to take a break from the activity and cold weather, venture indoors to the 2,400-square foot day lodge, which provides concessions, including hot cocoa.
Upon reaching the town of Paoli, Ind., go west on Highway 150 for approximately 2 miles. Make a left at the ski resort sign on West County Road 25 South to 2798 West County Road 25 South. The Paoli Peaks website lists a rate of $25 per person for a three-hour session for the 2011-2012 snow tubing season. An all-day pass can be purchased for $50.
Perfect North Slopes
Perfect North Slopes is in Lawrenceburg, Ind. According to their info page titled Snowmaking and Grooming, snow production can begin once the temperature reaches 28 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The venue offers 100 acres of skiable terrain. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced lanes. They claim to be the "biggest tubing park in America."
The tubing park does offer a conveyor belt that takes you back up to the top of the hill. This can be a welcome addition at the end of a full day of snow tubing. There are more than 20 different lanes. Some have bumps and hills and some are for toddlers and those who like to take the hill at a slower pace. The main lodge offers concessions, such as sandwiches and drinks.
To get to Perfect North Slopes, take I-275 to Exit 16 (US 50). Follow signs to 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, Ind. Rates are quite reasonable for the 2011-2012 season. During the week, expect to pay $25 for unlimited tubing and only $20 for those 12 and under or for seniors aged 60 and up.
Pines Peak Family Ski Area
If you'd prefer to travel into the northern part of Indiana, Pines Peak Family Ski Area offers a 1,200-foot-long slope, eight trails, four lifts and snowboarding and tubing. Although the main focus is on skiing, the tubing is just as exciting as at other tubing centers, plus you'll have the advantage of a large lodge that is 12,000 square feet. The venue is located near Chicago and nudges up close to Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes.
Travel to 674 North Meridian in Valparaiso, Ind. Although Pines Peak does not have an online publication of their rates for the current season, they can be contacted at 219-477-5993 for a complete list of special events and rates.
Indiana might not have the mountains of other states, but when it comes to tubing, these three venues will quench your thirst for winter sports. Bundle up, go grab your inner tube and hit those slopes.
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