We went with a few families with kids ranging from 8 to 14. The Alpine Slide is located in a complex where one has options. If you don't want to do the snow tubing, you have the option of doing the toboggan slide run. My son and my husband did both the toboggan run and the snow tubing, while I just did the snow tubing. We went there for a few hours each for two days. (I think there are go-karts as well, but I really didn't look at that option at all.)
The toboggan run consists of 2 slides - the slow one and the fast one. So if your kid is hesitant, he or she can try the slow lane/slide first. The way it works is that one has to go on a lift (like a ski lift) to the top of the slide. Each lift car sits 2 people. This was great since one of the kids was a little bit hesitant in her first try to get up and having a companion to sit with will assuage some fear. The toboggan cart, however, sits only one person. The rider is in control on how fast or slow the cart runs. The rider pushes /pulls a lever to increase/decrease speed. Some of the kids were hesitant at first and tried the slow lane a few times first before venturing to the fast lane. Some just went straight away to the fast lane with no qualms. (Those were the boys!) Everyone had fun! A book of 5 rides will cost you $20.00. If you buy an individual ticket, it's $5.00/ride.
The snow tubing is fun as well. We saw parents tubing with very young kids. If I'm not mistaken, there are around 4 or 5 lanes (more likely 5). Each lane, except, for the snake is just straight downhill slope. There is a lane targeted for parents with small kids, but everyone can pretty much use all lanes. There is a lane called a snake which has some twist and turns. Nothing crazy but adds some minor thrills. The way it works is each one selects a tube of his/her choice. There is an uphill conveyor where people pretty much just stand (like those that you see in airports but uphill) so as to be transported up the hill. (This definitely beats walking uphill!) Once you are off the conveyor, you decide what lane to tube down. We had some lines, but the wait I think was generally pretty short and reasonable. So one person at a time tubes down. You need to time it such that when you tube down, you give the person down the bottom of the slope enough time to get out of the way. You pretty much lug your tube up and down the slope. It's a fun ride, nothing crazy, nothing too scary! We even succeeded in having around 8 or 9 people tube down connected to each other like a snake! It's a great way to expend some energy without overdoing it and yet have some fun. The cost is $25.00/person for as long as you want!
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