If you don't enjoy traditional winter activities, such as skiing or snowshoeing, being trapped in the house during the Wisconsin winter can give you a bad case of cabin fever. However, there is another option for those of us who are usually afraid of the cold or are just not coordinated enough to survive the ski hills. The recently popular sport of tubing requires no skill and is too much fun to be bothered by freezing temperatures.
Sunburst Recreation Area in Kewaskum, just north of West Bend and about an hour from Milwaukee, is a great place to try tubing for the first time. The ski resort boasts a series of ten tubing chutes that are each a whopping 900' long and the equivalent of a ten-story drop, the tallest and longest chutes among the top five tubing parks rated by TravelWisconsin.com. It is claimed that tubers can reach slippery speeds of up to 40 miles per hour! Another feature at Sunburst is known as the 'Magic Carpet Ride," a specialized lift that conveniently takes the drudgery out of getting back up the tubing hill.
Tubing is not only a good way to get active during the winter, but it is also an inexpensive way to get out there and have fun. For only $15 per person, a tuber can purchase an unlimited weeknight pass or a 2-hour session on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. On the weekends you can even purchase on 3-hour session for only $3 more. Tubes are included in the prices of the session.
Check out Sunburst's website to see hours of operation, tubing rules and to pre-print the tubing waiver form that every guest must have filled out.
Make sure to print and fill out waiver forms ahead of time if you are traveling to the resort with children other than your own as they must be signed by a parent/guardian.
There are no age requirements to ride the tubing chutes, but you must be 42" tall.
Sunburst makes its own snow if Mother Nature decides not to cooperate so everyday is a good day for tubing.