A snow tube can be used on a river unless they have different bottoms. The bottoms of river tubes and snow tubes serve different purposes.
The tube works great in the water for very young children, but they may be too light to slide well in the snow. You can ride with an adult on a larger tube.
Only stop by the following shops to buy a tube for tobogganing. Popular grocery stores like Home Depot, LL Bean, Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Decathlon are the top spots for sledding tubes. You can also find local tire shops that sell tubes suitable for sleds.
Snowtubes are more aerodynamic and therefore go faster than sleds. This makes them ideal for anyone who likes something a little more adventurous than a sled offers. However, tubes are notorious for being harder to control.
Towed tubing usually takes place on a large body of water such as a lake or river. One or more hose riders (often referred to as “bumps”) tie their hoses to a powered watercraft such as a motorboat or personal watercraft. The riders are then towed through the water by the watercraft.
Of the 145 individual races, 54 were on tube sleds, 89 on plastic/rigid foam sleds and 2 on others. Average speed was 19 mph (range 14-25 mph).
Would you like to go tobogganing but don’t have a toboggan? Blast one of your stowed floats or even an inflatable kiddie pool and get in. Easy enough if you have old Christmas gift boxes lying around. Keep those makeshift sleds from getting too wet by wrapping them in plastic bags.
Place your tube on the snow and sit in the tube with your bottom in the middle. You should be facing ahead and looking down the hill with both legs hanging over the front of the tube. Use your legs and arms to move the tube forward until you start going down the hill. Enjoy the ride!
Tough Flow Tube Covers
Tube Pro flow tube covers are made of tough 600 denier polyester fabric. This material is mold and water repellent and UV protected. Polyester is famous for its ability to retain its original color while withstanding the maximum exposure to the sun.
The best way to check which tube size you need is to look at the sidewall of your tire. Tire manufacturers print the size on the sidewalls, so look out for numbers like ‘700x23c’ for a road bike or ’26×1′. 75′, which applies to mountain bikes.
Snow pants & Jacket, boots, gloves, hat, scarf, good socks, baselayer and midlayer (no cotton) are recommended. Wear a jacket with a top pocket or arm sleeve to store your tubing ticket. Read more about best practices for storing your tubing ticket here. No ski boots are allowed in the tubing park.
No. Every resort I’ve been to advises that sleds are forbidden on their slopes. However, there are areas adjacent to many ski areas where you can toboggan. There is a short tubing/sledding hill at Ski Cooper that is open to the public.
Waterproof ski/snow pants are recommended as wearing 100% cotton clothing (sweatpants, jeans, etc.) absorbs moisture from snow and sweat. A warm hat, waterproof gloves, sunglasses and hiking boots or waterproof shoes are also required.