Courtesy Summit at Snoqualmie
1. Snoqualmie tubing area
Just off I-90 at exit 53, The Summit at Snoqualmie's tubing center is hugely popular with kids and grown-ups and delivers exhausted, joyful kids. You can either walk back to the top of the hill or ride your tube back up on the new magic carpet. The Summit recommends that children be at least 3 years old before tubing, but does not restrict admission for families with younger children who want to try. Tip: Children less than 42 inches tall can ride double with a parent. Personal sledding devices are prohibited.
Fee: Regular admission for a two-hour session is $23–$25 for everyone older than 5, and $5 for children age 5 and younger (sharing a tube with an adult). Summit season passholders pay only a $5 tube-rental fee. Important: Book your session online before you go to make sure there's space. (Tip: Seahawks games or Super Bowl Sunday = great time to go.)
Status: The Summit Tubing Park is open as of Saturday, Dec. 22. Book your timeslot in advance on the website and check their Facebook page for updates. Note: Weekend time slots often sell out before the weekend.
Hours: Hours are determined by weather conditions. During winter break and other school closures, the tubing area is generally open on weekdays; other times Friday–Sunday only. Check the website for updates on hours and conditions.
Warm up: There is a small café with restrooms onsite, or, for more seating and options, the Silver Fir Day Lodge is nearby (though a bit of a walk). One exit down I-90, exit 52, you can enjoy microbrews at Dru Bru Brewery. They don't serve food but they encourage you to bring your own!