Part of RaggedMountain’s $1.8 million in improvements this past summer includes the construction of a new tubing park. Longer than the length of two football fields, the park features rolls and dips allowing speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Currently it has five lanes wide enough to allow three tubes to slide together in one lane. However it can be reconfigured to allow up to ten narrower lanes or some combination in between. A new carpet lift brings riders and tubes swiftly back to the top for another run.
The park will be kept blanketed in snow thanks to some of the eight new fan guns Ragged has purchased for this season. And lighting will allow for evening sessions. To keep tubers warm and hydrated, a yurt – a round tent-like structure which is heated – has been constructed at the top of the park which will serve hot drinks and snacks.
“Our new tubing park is a thrilling ride and an exciting way to get outside with your family, whether you ski or not,” said President and General Manager, Bob Ashton.
While the park has been open since Christmas vacation, the official Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Saturday, January 18 featuring fireworks, ribbon cutting, free hot chocolate and yes, tubing. The resort is currently holding a contest to name the park and it’s not too late to enter. You can submit entries on Ragged’s facebook page up until January 13th for a chance to win a tubing and pizza party for 4 as well as bragging rights for having your name chosen.
And lest you should think tubing is just for kids – think again. This middle aged writer and friend thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and plan to go back for more. Tubing is not just for the young but for the young at heart. It adds another dimension to the RaggedMountain experience, providing an activity for non-skiers as well as an additional pursuit for skiers and snowboarders.
Also new for this season is BeginnersBasin. Located adjacent to the Barnyard, this terrain based learning area is the latest concept in teaching skiing or snowboarding. Simply put it incorporates small features such as rollers and banks to allow new skiers and riders to experience the various sensations of sliding on snow and aid them in learning the basics such as turning and stopping. This new area is served by a 320 foot carpet lift which can also take people to the tubing park. New fan guns will also cover BeginnersBasin as well as some of the base area.