After a few weeks of "typical Seattle weather", we finally got a break at the end of 2011 with a few days of crystal clear blue sky and plenty of sunshine. Our family decided to take advantage of this great weather, and at the same time, to try something new - tubing at the Summit at Snoqaulmie.
Though, I've been the Summit's employee for more than 3 year now, I've never had a chance to check out their Tubing Center. Mostly because I've always thought it was a place for kids to have fun, and till recently my son was too young for that.
I was surprise to see not only teenage kids, but also many adults. Personally, if it wasn't for my son, I'd be embarrassed to be there. "Tubing" is definitely not a sport and doesn't require any skills, and doesn't offer any challenges. That's why any adult will be bored out of his mind, and will be ready to go home after just a few runs.
Unlike skiing, where you can just buy a ticket and go, Tubing Center has specific "sessions", which last about 2 hours each. There is also a slight price change depending on the time of the day ( from $19 early in the day - $22 on weekends ).
I'd recommend to catch later sessions after 3pm, lines are shorter, and "night tubing" is more fun.
Kids under 4 are required to ride with an adult, and personally for me it took a few runs to feel comfortable in a small tube with my son, but for him it was a perfect fit :)
NOTE: Sledding and tubing is not allowed anywhere else at Summit Central. Which kind of sucks...So, while waiting for your session to kill time, have fun and actually learn something- try snowskating !