My favorite place to go is Boulder Ridge, part of the Ski Liberty Resort. Growing up in Frederick made Ski Liberty the go-to place for years for skiing and snowtubing.
The great thing about snowtubing is, no lessons, no experience is necessary -- just dress warmly, and get ready for an adventure! I loved the thrill of going down the lanes. We've gone almost every year, and some years the lanes are faster than others, I guess depending on how packed the snow is. One year we went and it was relatively warm -- in the high 30s -- which was very enjoyable as we waited on line for our turn to go down.
Know before you go #1: Go in the morning, before the crowds really gather. Also, bring some entertainment for yourself. Entry into the queue to go down is timed, i.e., you'll be given a start time at the top of the hour, but depending on the crowds, that could be an hour or two away. It can be a bit boring just watching other people go down and having all the fun. So bring a board game or card game and relax in the two-level log lodge at the foot of the tube lanes. Grab some coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy the day!
Know before you go #2: We like to bring snacks -- the concessions in the lodge can be quite expensive. And because we tend to go in the morning, we have a late lunch at the Shamrock Restaurant, between Thurmont and Frederick along U.S. 15.
Hours: Hours and opening times vary, so be sure to check out the website.
Dogs: Nope, leave them at home, curled up warmly on the couch!
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