There are officially 90 days of winter (which can seem like a long time) so why not embrace the cold and snow and make the most of what this season has to offer? There’s no better way to enjoy a winter day than racing down a hill on skis or a snow tube with your children squealing in delight. And finding a place to go within driving distance is easier than you might think. Check out these destinations for a snowy good time your kids won’t soon forget.
11800 Koteewi Drive, Noblesville, IN
If it is snow tubing you are after, you won’t have to go far! Noblesville’s Strawtown Koteewi Park is now home to central Indiana’s only groomed snow tubing hill. Slide 700 feet down groomed lanes in custom snow tubes to a soft landing, and then ride the tow line back to the top for another run. There is no experience necessary – just bundle the kids (and yourself) up for the winter weather and head out for a day of snow-filled fun. Koteewi Run is open daily through February 25 (into March, if conditions allow). Both single day tickets and season passes are available.
19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, IN
Distance from Indianapolis: 1 hour 45 minutes
Find a mix of diverse terrain at this 22-acre ski and tubing resort. Child, adult and adaptive lessons are offered, with a lesson included for first-timers with every lift ticket purchased. Feel the need for speed? Sign up for racing lessons. Training and practice sessions are available for ages 7 and up. Don’t leave without taking a ride down one of their 23 tubing lanes, including “super lanes” that allow your entire family to slide down together.
2798 West County Road 25 South, Paoli, IN
Distance from Indianapolis: 2 hours
Spend the day skiing or tubing at Paoli Peaks, which offers 15 trails, 8 lifts and a natural hill with a 300-foot vertical drop. Test out the “The Bonk” terrain park with boxes, rails, steel benches and small jumps for an extra thrill on the slopes. Ten lanes of snowtubing, each 700 feet long, are available with specially constructed inner tubes at their Arctic Blast Snow Tube Park.
13421 Mann Street, Jones, MI
Distance from Indianapolis: 3 hours 25 minutes
Swiss Valley is perfect for both the novice skier and seasoned pro, with 11 runs (including 4 for beginners) and 2 terrain parks, all of which are geared for both skiing and snowboarding. Access to the beginner area is just $10 per person per day. Lift tickets start at $21 with the option to switch from skis to a snowboard/blade or vice versa for an additional $5. Sunday Fundays, held every Sunday afternoon from 2-7 pm, offer the perfect learn-to-ski package for all ages. Or opt for the Valley Kids learn-to-ski program that allows kids to learn while their parents enjoy some free time on the slopes.
8295 St. Rt. 121, New Paris, OH
Distance from Indianapolis: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Just over an hour away, Valley’s Edge Snowtubing offers affordable family fun close to home. Even when there’s no snow on the ground, there’s still snow at Valley’s Edge as they’ll make the white stuff even when Mother Nature won’t. Go on a Thursday night and pay just $6 for everyone in your family.
So grab the snowsuits, hats, gloves, boots and scarves (and your courage) – and head for the hills! A day spent skiing, snowboarding or tubing is a perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with your crew this winter.