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A trip to the sledding hill isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes what feels like hours to get the kids in their snow gear and loaded in the car. The family drives with anticipation to the nearest sledding hill and then sturdy parents trudge to the top carrying tubes, sleds, and a toddler while dragging a second grader and praying there are gloves somewhere in the coat pockets. All for the thrill of a 15-second ride down the hill on an old tractor tire inner tube — it’s the thrill that makes it worth coming back again and again.

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The Chavez family (from Twin Falls) are regulars at the Magic Mountain tube hill.

Magic Mountain Resort takes some of the hard work out of the adventure, giving families more time to simply enjoy the ride. According to Magic Mountain owners Suzette & Gary Miller, they converted a section of the ski area into a tubing hill four years ago. It was an instant success.

Suzette says “everyone from 2-year-olds to grannies love the hill. Moms and dads appreciate they don’t have to carry the kids and the tubes up the hill.

Industrial strength sledding tubes are distributed at the bottom. Sledders sit on their tubes and the tow rope pulls them to the top. There are five different tube lanes to choose from and a 650 foot ride down – where the rope tow pulls tubers back to the top.

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Suzana Chavez makes her way back to the top in comfort.

Steve Pitts takes his family to Magic Mountain regularly. The hill keeps his older children entertained, but is safe enough, he said, to send his 2-year-old down the hill on her own.

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Twin Falls resident Steven Pitts and his kids Julia, Nathan, and Noah make their way to back to the tow rope.

“For us it’s the campy feel. It’s very informal and family-friendly,” Pitts said. “It’s something we can all do.”

Pitts said the added attraction is the speed of the hill.

“It’s bigger than most sledding hills and the tow rope allows for a number of runs,” he said.

Now getting up the hill isn’t the hard part of the trip – it’s getting OFF of the hill and headed home instead of doing just one more run.

The tube hill is open for family gatherings and corporate get-togethers, Suzette said. She recommends calling ahead to make sure the hill is open before heading for the resort. Tubing rates and information can be found at


Magic Mountain Resort Tubing Hill
Rate: 3 hours for $12
Phone: 736-SNOW (7669)
Buses are available throughout the Magic Valley to the resort.
To get there: Take highway 30 to Hansen. Head south (27 miles) on Rock Creek Road to the resort.

About the author

Karma Metzler Fitzgerald - Contributor Karma Metzler Fitzgerald spends the bulk of her time traveling up and down Highways 93 and 75. It would be romantic to say she is always in search of compelling feature stories and profiles of the fascinating humans that inhabit this beautiful valley of ours. That, however, would be a lie. She is most likely transporting children to various sport and music events, school functions and occasional trips to doctors, orthodontists, and the feed store. In the process, she comes across a great story ideas, which she vows to write at the first available moment. Those moments are few and far between, but when they come she prefers to send them to Southern Idaho Living. Karma lives just north of Shoshone, with her husband, 3 children, 25 chickens, several thousand cows and a cat who thinks it’s a dog.

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