6 Places to Try Snow Tubing & Sledding in Colorado

When Coloradans aren’t out shredding powder on skis or snowboards, they’re getting their winter thrills in a different way. Snow-tubing and sledding areas across the state will get your adrenaline pumping as you zoom down hill at the speed of light.

By: Colorado.com Staff Writer
Updated: March 21, 2024

Course through powdered slopes while taking in mountain views or be whisked away under the stars at night time runs. With multiple levels of terrain to choose from and lift access options, there’s a snow-tubing or sledding hill for everyone — here are a few places in Colorado to get you started.

Tube Howelsen

Steamboat Springs
Tube Howelsen promises plenty of family-friendly fun. Set in downtown Steamboat Springs' locally loved Howelsen Hill Ski Area, this tubing destination has it all. Rent a giant tube and then ride to the top on an enclosed magic carpet that features a fabulous light show. Once you emerge, fly down the hill as Steamboat's famous Champagne Powder® tickles your nose.

Après Tubing: Keep the momentum going at Snow Bowl, where you can hit a strike and win big with the kids thanks to a menu boasting hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken tenders.

Copper Mountain Tubing Hill

Copper Mountain
Copper Mountain’s tubing hill
, like those found at most major ski resorts in Colorado, is a well-equipped fun zone, complete with four designated tubing lanes. A magic-carpet lift whisks you and your tube to the top, where friendly staff will give you a good fling and send you spinning down through curves and over bumps. Critterland, a tiny-tot playland and mini tubing area, is right next door for those under 36 inches tall.

Après Tubing: The activities continue at Woodward Copper Barn, an indoor training facility with artificial snow jumps, foam pits and trampolines. Drop-in sessions and private lessons are available; just be sure to plan ahead.

The Meadows at Elk Camp

Snowmass Mountain
boasts multiple lift-served tubing lanes carved into The Meadows at Elk Camp. Course through pristine powder by day or under the illumination of lighted runs by night during Ullr Nights festivities and on special holidays. Book a combo ticket to access the nearby Breathtaker Alpine Coaster and fly through a mile of snow-laden forest on an elevated track at speeds of up to 28 mph for an all-day adventure.

Après Tubing: Celebrate Ullr, the Norse god of snow, on select nights throughout the winter season with outdoor activities including sledding, tubing, fire-dancing and dinner at Elk Camp Restaurant.


Snow Mountain Ranch

Winter Park
At the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch in Winter Park, you’ll find a great tubing hill and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Next to the tubing hill is an ice-skating-rink pavilion, and you also have the option to buy a day pass for use of the Olympic-size swimming pool and indoor climbing wall to make a full day of fun.

Après Tubing: Dash through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh, complete with cozy blankets and hot chocolate. You won’t have to go far to find it, as Snow Mountain Ranch has stables right on site.

Firecracker Sledding Hill

Telluride’s beauty is some of Colorado’s most iconic, with jagged peaks, Victorian-era architecture and even a gushing waterfall. In the midst of it all is Firecracker Hill, a favorite, if unofficial, sledding hill, located at the south end of Town Park. Rent a sled at the nearby Telluride Nordic Center and race down the park’s gentle slopes. And if you’re looking for more winter activities to fill your day, ice skating and cross-country skiing are also available.

Après Sledding: The free Galloping Goose bus follows a continuous loop through town, making it easy to jaunt on over to Telluride Truffle, where handmade truffles and a gourmet hot chocolate are the reward for your treks up and down the snow sledding hill.

Frisco Tubing Hill

The Frisco Adventure Park combines several aspects of winter fun. Multiple 1,200-foot tubing lanes let you choose your experience from gentle and mellow to steep, rolling terrain. The surface-lift access makes sure your legs don't get too weary, and with well-lit runs, you can tube into the night. There's also opportunity for beginner skiers and snowboarders, with lessons on Frisco's approachable hills, as well as 45km of Nordic trails. Frisco's central location to the ski resorts of Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Keystone also ensure families have plenty of choices.

Après Tubing: Adjacent to the tubing hill, the Frisco Day Lodge Winter Cafe has snacks, adult beverages (schnapps in the hot chocolate!) and a fireplace to warm cold feet. Or head into the charming downtown for a leisurely dinner amid Summit County's alpine wonderland.

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