We’d lost track of how many slides we had done when we noticed the school busses pull in. Though the lineups remained manageable—they can move a lot of people through with thousands of tubes available—it was a good reminder that our early-riser status usually pays off.
1.Get there early. As with any activity, it’s always nice to beat the crowds. If you can get on on the hill for opening, you will have shorter line-ups and spend more time fuelling up your adrenaline in the tubes.
2. Layer-up! And when you think you’re ready, add one more layer. When you start gaining speed down the hills, you don’t want any bare skin showing. I recommend balaclavas, or neckwarmers pulled up with goggles or sunglasses. Head-to-toe coverage is the goal.
3. Minimal Filming Allowed. This destination restricts filming and photo taking in certain areas (such as on the slides) for safety reasons. Take it as an opportunity to soak the experience into your memory and immerse yourself in the present.
4. Rent a locker. It cost us $3 to be hands free. Totally worth it.
5. Bathroom break. “I have to pee” are the four words no parent wants to hear when you are half-way up a hill in a snow tube, layered up in winter clothes. Always make a bathroom stop before you head up for your first ride.
6. Snacks, snacks and more snacks. Even with lifts to pull us up the big hills, we were moving all day long. By the time we finished our last slide we were starving. Without food I can confidently say that someone would have ended up in a fit of hunger induced tears on the drive home.
7. Buy discounted tickets online. Daily tickets and seasons passes can be purchased online. Buy in advance—at least one day prior—to recieve a discounted price.