I have such fond memories from childhood of spending a snow day sled riding over and over again with friends and begging our parents to take us to the best hills. My children are only 3 and (almost) 5, and we just haven’t had a great opportunity to do some serious sledding with them yet. So rather than wait for Cincinnati’s winter weather to get its act together, we opted to head to the place nearby where there is snow all winter long. Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg offers the best skiing in the area, but they also happen to have one of the largest snow tubing destinations in the country. We picked a random weeknight and bundled up for some family fun snow tubing at Perfect North Slopes!
I had not been to Perfect North Slopes since high school… let’s just say I am not known for my skills on the slopes. But I’ve been anxious to try the snow tubing for years and was beyond excited to take our kids. I was also a bit nervous, mainly that I would feel safe and that my children would enjoy it, but my nerves were quickly settled after the first ride down the hill.
When you arrive at the property, there are signs that direct you to the snow tubing area and parking lot. It’s super easy to park, head inside to the ticket office, sign a waiver, get your pass, and grab a tube. If it happens to be very crowded, the staff may decide to issue you a wait number. You’ll sign the waivers, pick up the number, and then hang out and enjoy the property until your number is called. This will hopefully eliminate extended wait times on the hill. The area has plenty to entertain you while you wait, with indoor seating, food and drinks, and outdoor fire pits and seats to watch the action.
We happened to go on a slower evening (after dinner and it was a school night), so we went up and down the hills several times. Each person must ride in his or her own tube, but you are able to link up and go down at the same time. We did this first – my husband with my son and me with my daughter – but the kids quickly realized they preferred going down solo (they go slower that way). Our youngest LOVED the Children’s Tubing Area, which is a small hill designated for kids 6 and under. It’s more like your typical sled riding and it was a great place for her to get used to it and then graduate to the main tube runs.
There is no minimum height or age to tube at Perfect North Slopes, but they do recommend you wait until age 4. I think this is a great age – our daughter is almost 4 and was just old enough. You know your children best, so use your discretion. The main hills are big and fast (and FUN!), so keep that in mind. You can choose to rent helmets if you wish and don’t worry about having to walk back up the hill – there is a moving escalator that takes you and your tube back to the top!
Snow Tubing at Perfect North Slopes may just be the ultimate family wintertime adventure near Cincinnati. It’s active, adrenaline-rushing, memory-making fun that we thoroughly enjoyed and can’t wait to do again. For more information on Snow Tubing and the rest of what is offered at Perfect North Slopes, head on over to their website here.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.