We’ve been meaning to checkout the snow tubing at Soldier Hollow for a few years. Tonight, we finally did it, along with Carole’s brother Nick and family from Indianapolis. It was an absolute blast! It’s a first class operation from start to finish!
Tubing is about as simple a recreational activity as it gets. First, dress warmly. We all just wore our ski clothes from the day, grabbing goggles which really helped. You just buy a ticket, pick out a colorful tube from the big pile and head for the tow line. Most of us found the ride one of the more enjoyable aspects of the evening — a peaceful five-minute ride on a tow line up the hill. You could almost fall asleep.
The track down was exhilarating, as you can see in the video below. We started out with the five us linked together. But a bad crash with a group of about a dozen caused the staff to keep the limit at three maximum, which was fine. In the two hour block, we probably took about 12-15 runs or more.
We chose the 6-8 p.m. time slot on Saturday night. The temperatures were in the 20s when we started, but dropped to around 10 degrees — but we all stayed plenty warm. And if you get cold, make sure to checkout the fabulous $2 hot chocolate served by Howard and Susan in the main lodge.
Saturday night brings an eclectic group of customers including high school and college kids who have an absolute blast. The staff at the top and bottom keeps things in line and gives you a helpful push.
Soldier Hollow is the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games cross country and biathlon events. It has now been turned into one of the state’s best recreational facilities, with summer and winter activities. It’s located just outside of Midway and Heber City, Utah, about 25-30 minutes from Park City. There’s plenty of parking and a warm, inviting lodge. You’re welcome to brown bag it in front of the fireplace.
Checkout the pix and video below!