3. Suncadia Tubing Hill
Suncadia Resort near Cle Elum hosts a popular tubing hill. The resort offers a number of winter-fun activities in addition to tubing. There is also cross-country skiing when there is enough snow (you can rent equipment at Suncadia). Near the tubing hill, kids who aren’t into sledding can play in the snow.
Kids must be at least 3 years old and 36 inches tall to rent a tube and must ride in their own tube. A waiver is required.
Fee: Tube rentals are for guests of the resort only and are $20 per rider per one-hour session. There is a nearby sledding hill you can zip down on your own sled for free.
Status: The tubing hill is open daily, weather and snow level dependent. Always call the super-helpful concierge desk at 509-649-6461 for daily status and updates before you consider going.
Hours: Tubing sessions are available daily and times vary, weather-dependent. Be sure to call (509-649-6461) before heading out.
Warm up: Next to the sledding hill, Swiftwater Cellars offers noshing (sandwiches, pasta, flatbreads, salads and a kids’ menu) and wine tasting for the grown-ups (open daily, 11:30 a.m.–close). You can also head to the main Suncadia lodge after tubing — about a half-mile from the tubing hill — for espresso or cocoa at the Coal House Coffee stand at the gift shop and sit a spell in the lodge’s great hall to enjoy the rustic-luxe ambiance and stunning view of Mount Baldy. There are also restaurants onsite, though they’re quite pricey.
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