Tubing & Sledding
Expect a few bumps and a lot of laughs when you grab a tube or sled and take to of one Taos ski area or public area hills. The perfect way to mix it up and keep the family fun going, there’s tubing by day and by night.
Strawberry Hill (beginner ski area) in the Taos Ski Valley offers tube rentals ($8) and unlimited rides on a well lit-tubing terrain open to tubers at 5:00 p.m.
Tubing at Red River starts at 4:15 p.m. after the slopes close, for a 60-minute tubing session (meet at Gold Rush Hill Ski School Shed; $15 per tube). Angel Fire has the Polar Coaster—1,000 feet of expertly groomed hills and a moving surface lift to carry you back to the top (tickets $20 for 1.5 hours). Well-lit for after-dark thrills.
The most popular public hill for family sledding and tubing around town is U.S. Hill, 10 miles southeast of Taos off Upper Ranchitos Road in the Carson National Forest.
Sipapu has a fun sledding competition each March called the Cardboard Derby. Each contestant builds his/her vehicle (made of cardboard, duct tape, string, twine and paint only) and races it down the mountain for a chance to win a prize (there are thousands of dollars in giveaways!)
Above: a Sipapu Cardboard Derby entrant reaches the finish line. Photo courtesy of Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.