05 Mar Snow Tubing at Gorgoza Park
Flying backwards down the hill, I caught some air as I unexpectedly soared over a bump in the run. I couldn’t stop laughing and squealing the entire ride down.
We’ve been sledding and snow tubing many times throughout our childhood, but I never realized just how much fun it could be as an adult until we visited Gorgoza Park in Utah. The tubing park is located in the adorable town of Park City, and it’s a great spot to get out and enjoy winter fun!
We arrived in the afternoon, and after getting our lift tickets, we grabbed a tube and made our way toward the lift to the top of the hill. There are two different hill options to choose from—there wasn’t a line for the smaller hill, so that’s where we headed first. We all linked up our tubes and pushed off to start our first run downhill. While it was fun, it was nothing compared to the larger of the two hills.
Excited to give the next hill a try, we hopped back in line for the lift to the top. The first lift is like a moving sidewalk where you stand with your tube, and on the second lift you sit down in your tube and they hook it up to a tow rope. I wouldn’t normally think this part of the experience would be all that fun, but once you reach the top of the hill, you end up sliding down a little slope to get released from the rope—it was surprisingly entertaining.
Our first time down the hill, Micah and I connected our tubes; we got going pretty fast and spun in circles all the way down. We were flying and couldn’t wait to get back to the top again for another round.
The lines were a little bit long, but it’s expected as our visit was on a Saturday afternoon/evening. Thankfully, we never had to wait longer than about 15 minutes per run, so it wasn’t too bad overall.
Each time we went down we tried picking different lanes to see which one went the fastest. I’m not sure we ever figured it out, but as the evening progressed, the runs got faster and faster. We started out riding with our butts down in the center of the tube—it was fun because you would spin around in circles and would never know where the bumps would be!
When the runs got too icy, the hill cops starting placing restrictions on how we could slide down the hill. First, they eliminated double riders as it created too much speed on the already slick runs. Then they made everyone go down headfirst on their stomachs. I’m guessing it was because you could use your feet to dig in and slow down if needed.
Whatever the case, we were practically flying down the last few runs—we gained so much speed that when we reached the bottom of the hill, we barely slowed down, even after riding over the speed bumps. It was so awesome! I felt like I was back in elementary school riding down the icy hill during recess; sometimes, we would get going so fast that we would run into the school’s brick walls at the bottom. Thankfully, there weren’t any brick walls at the end of these runs!
I’m so glad that we had the chance to go tubing again. It was such a blast, and I always love any excuse to feel like a kid again!