Fun, easy and an excuse to say “tubular,” snow tubing is a great activity for the whole family. The High Country is full of spots for the activity, meaning there is no shortage of chances to tube.

As simple as sitting on a rubber tube and moving downhill, there’s no special skills or rigorous training required for snow tubing. Riders simply need to follow the safety rules for whatever slope they are on and enjoy the ride.

Picking out your outfit is as simple as tubing itself. While skipping over the snow, water-absorbing clothes can get soaked with water, making for a chilly experience. Be sure to wear clothes that are both warm and non-absorbent, ski goggles or some other form of eye protection is also never a bad idea.

Hawksnest Tubing Park in Seven Devils and Jonas Ridge in Newland are both snow tubing exclusive locations, with Hawksnest billing itself as the “largest snow tubing park in North Carolina.”

Appalachian Ski Mtn., Sugar Mountain Resort and Beech Mountain Ski Resort also have tubing as part of their full list of winter fun and experiences.

It is always a good idea to call ahead to wherever you decide to go, as the popularity of tubing can lead to booked up locations and sold-out spots. Checking ahead to find out the length of a tubing session is also a good idea, making it easier to fit it into a packed winter schedule.

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