None of that fussy turning, this is all about speed! After a day on the slopes, you can top off your fun meter with a trip to the Holiday Valley Tubing Park. Race down one of the eleven 900-foot lanes and experience the exhilaration of tubing. Once you’re at the bottom, we’ll tow you up again for as many runs as you like.
“Anyone can go tubing,” said Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing at Holiday Valley Resort. “There are people in their 90s that go. It’s an activity you can do with your whole group whether it’s work, a birthday party or your family. It’s fun, and you can do it together.”
The perfect activity for groups, tubing enables everyone to have a good time regardless of age or fitness. For children under 7 years and 42 inches, there's a special Little Tubers area where the hill is a bit shorter and the speed a bit slower. For those cold winter days, there's an outdoor bonfire pit and a newly enlarged warming hut with a snack bar and game room to warm up between rides.
“The coolest part is the giant bonfire pit, so you can sit around, drink hot chocolate and warm up,” Eshbaugh said.
Holiday Valley Tubing Co. opened in 2002. It is located on Route 242 and Bryant Hill Road, just four miles from Holiday Valley Ski Resort on the north side of Ellicottville. There are 12 tubing lanes with two tows so visitors don’t have to walk uphill.
A free shuttle service is available during operating hours with pickup at Holiday Valley's Resort Services Center turn-around or at the Inn at Holiday Valley. The Tubing Company is open Thursdays and Fridays from 4-9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-9pm. The park is also open during President's Week, Feb. 21-25 and March Break week, March 14-18.
A two-hour pass is $16 per person; a three-hour pass is $18. Or you can go all day for a mere $24. A season pass is $75. Call 716-699-TUBE (699-8823) to find out about group outings, team building or birthday parties. An adult must accompany any child under the age of 10.
The well-dressed tuber has plenty of layers to stay warm, warm boots (no ski boots) plus a hat and neck warmer or face mask if it is really chilly. It's not a bad idea to wear your goggles and a helmet. Helmets are available for rent for $5.
To learn more about the Holiday Valley Tubing Company, log onto www.holidayvalley.com.