Our family had our first visit to Mountain High's North Pole Tubing Park this past Friday during Christmas break. The drive from Orange County only took us 1 hour 20 minutes. We didn't get there until 10:30am which was OK but I heard it is ideal if you can get there by 8:30am so you can sign your waiver, get your pass, and get a bunch of runs in before the crowds arrive. Peak times seemed to be 10:30am-12:30pm. Bring a pen for the waiver forms, 1 form per person. Even the kids need their own form. Bring cash if you can, they can process you faster. They do accept credit cards. On the day we were there they closed the park around noon to any new cars coming in. The lines had reached about 30 minutes wait at that point. Most people choose a 2 hour pass so the morning people seem to leave start leaving around 12:30pm and the lines ease up to 20 minutes or less after that. This tubing park is very family friendly. It is like a waterpark where there are attendants at the top and the bottom of the runs. You can't start sliding until the bottom of your run is clear. You can take small children in your tube with you. And you are permitted to go down two tubes at a time holding the tubes together, so 5 and up can feel secure going down with mom or dad by their side. Sitting or laying on your belly are both permitted. The conveyer belt on either side of the runs brings you back up to the top of the hill with ease. The lodge, parking lot and lines for the runs are all at the top of the hill so it is convenient to grab a water out of the car, take a few layers of clothing back to the car, or run to the lodge to use the restroom while the rest of the family or group holds your place in line. I have heard that the Big Bear tubing parks have steeper hills and are less restrictive on how many leave the top of the hill at one time so it may have some advantages for older kids or adults but I think Mt. High was perfect for our family with younger kids. And it saved us the additional 45 minute drive to Big Bear.
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