It was a magical Friday evening, my kids didn’t have school and were excited to get out of the house all day. We surprised them with a night out at the Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes inside of the adventure area of Strawtown Koteewi Park. My kids, ages 2, 4, 6 & 8 are no strangers to snow–they love tobogganing at Pokagon State Park and they love sledding in Indianapolis. The innertube + snow situation was new to my little thrill seekers.
All day long I tried to make sure they were well rested, my biggest fear was that they would only want to inner tube for an hour. We arrived at 5 p.m. and by 7 p.m., my biggest fear was that they would never stop racing down the hill. My children rode the lift up the hill and slid down until I finally forced them to stop at 9:45 p.m. so I could get them some dinner.
The latest addition to the Strawtown Koteewi Park is a seasonal snow slope that is used for snow inner-tubing during the winter season. With mild winters the past few years, many Indiana children haven’t felt the complete thrill of coasting down a snow caked hill on a piece of rubber full of air — now, they can! Thanks to Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes, commercial snowmaking machines have coated the sledding hill at Strawtown Koteewi Park with cold powder, ready for your big run down that hill!
How do you get back up that giant hill? There’s a lift line with a cable that you connect to your tube and it pulls you up the hill! The ride up the hill is almost as much fun as the thrilling slide down the slope.
Pack up your kiddos, bring along everything warm and get ready for fun! Weather permitting, Koteewi Run opens mid December and stays open into February or March depending on the weather. See current pricing on the Koteewi website.
Q. Is there an indoor area or anywhere to warm up at Koteewi Run?
A. There’s a small porch area with propane heaters with a some concessions for sale: hot chocolate, hot dogs, coffee, candy bars and soda.
Q. What should I wear to go snow tubing at Koteewi Run?
A. Snow pants or waterproof pants and snow boots would be a good choice. Children tend to get very wet. The adults in our party did fine with snow boots and jeans. Wear winter coats, gloves, hats and a scarf most days.
Q. Where do I park?
A. There is plenty of free parking available in front of the building.
Q. What do I do before or when I get to Koteewi Slopes?
A. Fill out an online waiver via the Koteewi Run website. There is a fee if you need a paper copy when you arrive. It’s pretty simple to do from your phone as well. When you arrive, proceed to window one to check in, unless you are directed to round the corner to window two. Once you have checked in a paid, you’ll receive your lift ticket to clasp to your coat zipper and then you’ll hit the slopes!
Q. Can I share a tube with my toddler?
A. Only one person is permitted per tube, however if conditions allow for it, parents can share a lane with their children and hold on to one another’s tubes. My two year old did just fine and eventually went down the hill on her own. My four year old was a wild-child and traversed the lift and slopes all by himself or with his sisters all evening.
Have a great time! ALL of my kids loved snow tubing at Koteewi! For even more adventures at Koteewi, check out the Koteewi archery range!
11800 Koteewi Dr