An innocent winter game for kids has become one of the most popular attractions for adults at ski resorts. The idea of riding across snow on a huge inner tube came to us from the USA. In Europe, Switzerland has the most slopes for snow tubing, but ski resorts all over the continent are trying to catch up. Here are the 7 most interesting places for snow tubing.
In Leysin, near Lake Geneva, eleven snow tubing slopes were created, ranging from 100 to 300 metres in length, as well as several short ones for children under the age of 5. Every year one slope is designed by Silvio Giobellina, an Olympic medalist in bobsleighing, thanks to which one can count on some unforgettable experiences.
TRÜBSEE, ENGELBERG, SWITZERLAND
You can lie on it, sit in the front or back, and even turn around - at Trübsee Snow Park all forms of sliding are allowed. This snow tubing park has several tracks, 150 m long, at the foot of the Titlis Glacier above Lake Trub, which sparkles between the slopes of the Alps. The site is open from December to April.
ALLROUNDER WINTER-WORLD, NEUSS, GERMANY
Germans have fallen in love with the adult version of snow tubing to such an extent that their ski resorts offer snow tubing parties. In the covered ski centre at Neuss, you can rent one or several of the available 40 snow tubing slopes, and then slide down them as long as you want with friends or family.
SNOWTUBING PEC, SNEZKA, CZECH
Czechs also have a winding route for snow tubing - right near the border with Poland, beneath Snezka Mountain. In the town of Pec, one can slide on a rubber inner tube along a 300-metre track even late in the evening, because the slope is well-lit. You can go to the top on a traditional ski lift.
STAFFNERHOF, KÖSSEN, AUSTRIA
"It's entertainment for everyone, from the age of 6 to 100" - this is how Hotel Staffnerhof in Tyrol, which takes pride in a many-hundred-year-long tradition, advertises its snow tubing tracks. It has several well-prepared slopes, illuminated at night. It's possible to reach a speed of even up to 50 km/h.
The slopes in Southern France, close to the border with Italy, are heaven for sledding. In Aussois, there are several large snow tubing tracks which are unique because of a real ski jump ramp. You can soar for a moment on an inflatable inner tube, and then gently and safely land on the snow.
MALINO BRDO - RUZOMBEROK, VRATNA VALLEY, SLOVAKIA
Vratna Valley is situated in Northern Slovakia, a two-hour drive from the border with Poland. It's famous for having the best sledding slopes in the area. The ski resort here, in addition to snow tubing, offers snow rafting - sliding on rubber dinghies which can fit several people.