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Best Places to Go Sledding and Tubing for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

From the Summit at Snoqualmie's screaming-fun tubing hill to Mount Rainier's snow play area

Published on: December 20, 2019

Best Places to Go Sledding and Tubing for Seattle-Area Kids and Families

Hurricane Ridge sledding
Hurricane Ridge

6. Hurricane Ridge

Located 17 miles from Port Angeles inside Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge is a small skiing and snowboarding area that also has a dedicated tubing run. Stop by the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center for restrooms, exhibits, movie and warming area. There is also a snack bar. Check weather and road conditions online and the ski area's Facebook page for updates.

Another option — for kids ages 8 and under only — is sledding on the small hill west of the visitor center. The national park permits kids to sled and tube for free (though all visitors to the national park pay the entrance fee) with their own tubes or plastic sleds. Runner sleds are not permitted. Kids ages 9 and older and adults are not allowed to sled here; they can tube at the ski area's dedicated tubing hill.

Fee: At the ski area: $14 for a one-hour session, including tube (you cannot use your own). The dedicated tubing hill is a walk-up; no tow rope. Free sledding and tubing for kids ages 8 and under with their own sleds at the hill by the visitor center.

Status: As of Dec. 22, 2019, Hurricane Ridge is open for tubing quite. Conditions are variable and there's a long winding road to reach the ridge, so before heading out, always; check the website or Hurricane Ridge Twitter feed for daily status updates. Also note the parking lot at Hurricane Ridge fills quickly and then the road closes. It's advised you arrive at the gate to the national park between 7 and 9 a.m. to ensure getting a spot.

Hours: Typically open 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays. Check website and Twitter feed for condition updates and information on whether the road is closed.

Warm up: The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is usually open and has restrooms, exhibits, a park film and warming area. From mid-December to the end of March, the Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Rental Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends and holiday Mondays. Check here for exact dates.

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