Snow Tube Your Heart Out!
In winter months, the Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort (or BMBW for short) located in the northern Summit County town of Peninsula is a fine getaway for those looking for some snowy adventures. BMBW conjures up great memories for me, as I began coming here every wintry Thursday evening as part of my high school's official Ski Club. We hopped on an old yellow bus and drove an hour and a half to what at the time seemed to be enormous eskers. It was then that I learned everything I really needed to know about skiing - from how to walk (more like waddle) in the skis, how and when to utilize the poles, and of course how to zip down the slopes with the greatest of ease. Even though I have been skiing there for nearly 20 years, this weekend was my first-ever trip to the resort's Polar Blast Snow Tubing attraction - and what a BLAST it was!
Snow tubing is the perfect winter activity, as it requires minimal (nearly zero) skill, and is something in which people of most any age can easily participate! All it requires is an inner tube filled with air and a large snow-covered hill - both of which Polar Blast provides for you at a very reasonable cost ($25 for 3 hours or $59 for an all-day pass). The Polar Blast hills are specifically used for snow tubing, so you won't have to worry about sharing the hillside with skiers and snowboarders!
My group of five friends headed to Polar Blast one unusually mild Sunday to experience snow tubing for the first time. Even though it was 60 degrees (it has been a very warm January in Ohio), there was still a 30-inch base of "man-made snow" that is pumped out as needed by machines along the hill. The mild weather also meant that the resort was not too busy, so we practically had the hills to ourselves (that's probably because most people were on their bikes instead of their sleds)!
Once we paid for our passes and were issued our official Polar Blast inner tubes, it was time to head to the top of the hill for our first descent. A slow-moving conveyor belt (much like a people mover you would see at an airport) assisted us in getting up to the top of the hill. We found that there were several lanes carved out in the hillside, so we wouldn't have to worry about crossing paths or colliding with one another. The hills were also designed so that steering is not required (nor really that possible!).
You can choose to go down the hill however you want, as long as you are laying or sitting down (no standing allowed). You can go face first on your stomach, or feet first laying back. No more than one person can ride on one tube, however, you are allowed to "link up" with other tubers and all ride down side-by-side. We definitely had the most fun when we would pair up, or go as a group of 5 down the hill (we got the most speed - and most laughs - when we did it this way).
Other fun amenities at Polar Blast include a fire pit (even though we didn't need it that much), music, and a lodge with picnic tables, snacks, and even beer!
Our trip to Polar Blast was so much fun. We could not stop laughing! We can't wait to come back with an even larger group so we can have an even larger train of tubes linked up at once!