A few years ago we attempted to take the kids to the snow and failed so spectacularly, on so many levels that we didn’t even consider it again until this year, three full years later.
This year I, queen of the homebodies, surprised myself by suggesting that we take a school holiday Monday and head for the snow. I picked the Mountain High tubing park because there’s no curvy mountain driving to get there. It’s a ridiculously easy drive from Orange County and we got lucky in that the weather was perfect. Plus, the last time we bought snow clothes we sized up so that everything would still fit for a while and felt like super geniuses pulling all of this stuff out of the kids’ closets.
My kids lasted the full two hours of tubing and then were frozen and ready to go home. I thought Bubette would refuse to slide down the hill as she refuses all Disneyland rollercoasters and the tubes got going pretty quickly. Instead, she insisted on having her tube clipped to ours, but happily slid down over and over again.
If you’re local we definitely recommend Mountain High for tubing. It’s an easy drive, easy parking, the people were friendly and helpful, the lines moved quickly and there’s a magic carpet that brings you back to the top of the hill. In fact you’re not allowed to walk up the hill or on the carpet, so you’re basically forced to be semi-lazy. This is not at all sponsored. Depending on which time you choose it’s $20-$25 per person, which is kind of spendy for two hours of tubing, but if you don’t have your own tubes or sleds and you want something that’s easy and doesn’t require hunting around for a safe spot off the side of the road, then I think it’s worth it for the experience.
We’re running out of time this year, but I really want to spend an entire weekend in the mountains with the kids. They have such a short tolerance for the snow, it would be great to have someplace to pop back to and warm up, and then head back out to play in the snow. Maybe in three more years.