Snowtubing!

Snowtubing at Primetime in Breezy Point. Photo by Kate Perkins

Snowtubing at Primetime in Breezy Point. Photo by Kate Perkins

Want to hit the slopes, but don’t know how to ski or board? Maybe you’d love to go sledding, but dread dragging your sled back up the hill? Go snowtubing.

Two separate tubing hills are just a short drive from the Whitefish Area.

Primetime , in Breezy Point, offers weekend tubing right next to its restaurant and bar. Tubing is $15.95 for two hours and $5 for each extra hour. Tubers are carried up to the top of the hill on a tow rope before cascading down the long hill.

Primetime offers a full menu of drinks and food, making it a great place to warm up after tubing. Family and friends who don’t wish to tube can also watch the hill from a few advantageous windows in the warmth of Primetime’s bar area.

Regular tubing hours at Primetime are Fridays, 4-8 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hill is lit after the sun goes down. Starting in March the hill will only be open Saturdays and Sundays. If you have a large group (50 or more) the hill can be reserved.

Primetime is located at 8548 Ski Chalet Drive in Breezy Point.  The hill closes in bitterly cold weather, so call ahead in cold temps to be sure the hill is open. Primetime can be reached at 218-562-4455.

Ski Gull  has the other area tubing hill, which is adjacent to its ski area in Lake Shore, about 30 minutes from the Whitefish Area. Known as Ricochet Alley Snowtubing, a two-hour tubing pass is $14, with additional hours costing $5. Monday night is discount night, when tubing is just $8 per person through Feb. 29. Members of the military with a valid ID can tube for $10 per person.

Ricochet Alley carries its tubers back up to the top of the hill on a conveyor belt. Stand on the belt and it carries tubers to the top, no tow rope necessary. Just as at Primetime, the hill is separated into lanes that carry tubers to the bottom in a straight line down the hill.

Ski Gull’s tubing hours vary, so check their online calendar here before you visit. Generally, tubing is open Friday to Monday. Ski Gull recommends that groups of any size make reservations for Saturday tubing. Ski Gull’s last day of tubing will be Saturday, March 26.

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