We visited the snow tube hill at Paoli when it was in it’s third season. Generally, we can be found on the slopes but we wanted to take a break and try something new that was a little bit easier with children. Remember when you used to have to hike to the top of a hill, maybe climb some steps, all while carrying your oversize awkward inner tube? NOT ANYMORE! At Arctic Blast there is an inner tube escalator! No kidding!
You start at the top of the hill, jump in a tube, slide down a HUGE hill where you might hit speeds of 30-40 miles per hours and then climb on an upwards climbing, people mover – conveyor belt! Super cool! Other than the long line to get back up the hill, this is awesome! On weekends, plan on a long round trip from the top of the hill to the bottom and back up but only about an 18 second ride to the bottom of the 700 foot slope.
This attraction area also has an outdoor fireplace to help you keep warm or to thaw out your nose from your high speed race down the hill. Good thing too because the sitting area where food is sold is very small and crowded (on weekends). Didn’t bring sufficient clothing to go tubing? No problem, clothing is available for rental and purchase on site!
What’s the appropriate age for snow tubing at Arctic Blast? Well, AB says that it’s at the parent’s discretion but they don’t always allow you to hold on to your child’s tube going down the hill if the surface is not in any condition for that AND you can never share a tube. I would say 5-7 years old would be the youngest but you be the judge for your child.
Arctic Blast is open Friday-Sunday during ski season. A three hour session is $25 and an all day pass (check site for details) will cost you $50. We found that a three hour pass was plenty, especially since we started later in the day. Arctic Blast has varying hours so PLEASE be sure to check their website for hours and closings. This was about a two and a half hour drive from Indianapolis and we had so much fun!
If you stay at the Big Splash Adventure Hotel and Water Park, sometimes you can find a great package deal!