Cure for winter months. Tubing.

Thursday, January 29, 2004 12:26 PM

have you tried swallow (or shallow) hill? Im not sure where it is in illinois (about a half hour or 45 minutes from shaumburg) and it is a tobboggan run, with a 60-90 ft. drop, and pretty steep. I used to go when I was a kid, yet living in fla now gives me few opportunities to go tobogganing.

Thursday, January 29, 2004 12:35 PM
It is Swallow Cliff. I think it's right off of Rt. 45 in Lagrange. I don't think it is too far from 294 and Rt. 45.
Thursday, January 29, 2004 1:38 PM
thank you sparky. I haven't been there since I was like 8 or 9 (bout 10 years ago) and it was a blast.
Thursday, January 29, 2004 1:52 PM
Ther aren't any toboggan places near me. Skiing saturates me enough though.
Thursday, January 29, 2004 2:53 PM
I actually went snow tubing at Seven Springs for the first time last April. What a blast! There were 6 of us, and at times we'd link all of our tubes together and cruise down the hills like a train (couple pops of airtime if you're in the back). Don't know if I'll have time to get up there again this year with wedding plans in full force, but this thread was a great reminder of the fun time we had last year.
Thursday, January 29, 2004 3:30 PM
funny this is being brought up. honestly...for the last 8 years or so of my life summer has been filled with amusement parks and winter has been filled with ski resorts.

it's hard for me to choose my favorite...but the ultimate was this winter: a 4 day ski trip to colorado...on the way back to DIA we passed the lakeside cyclone...if only the park would have been open. skiing and coasters all in one day.

Thursday, January 29, 2004 4:55 PM
Hmmm I don't know. Snow is Cold! Really Cold! Yeah I don't like the cold. Also the last time I went tubing I had a very bad time. Lets just say a broken bone or two. OUCH!
Thursday, January 29, 2004 10:28 PM

Turbo said:

have you tried swallow (or shallow) hill? Im not sure where it is in illinois (about a half hour or 45 minutes from shaumburg) and it is a tobboggan run, with a 60-90 ft. drop, and pretty steep.

No, I have never been there. The trouble with tobboggan runs is that if you don't have at least a 4 inch base of snow, they won't open.

In fact, there was an article a couple of weeks about these runs not opening at all for the last couple of years. The winters in Chicago have been to mild to open them. Of course, right now we have plenty of snow on the ground but the temperatures are just to dang cold to even try it.

The good thing about the snow tubing at Villa Olivia is that they make their own snow so it could be 40 degrees out and the hills will be open.

Friday, January 30, 2004 12:24 AM
my casey!

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Friday, January 30, 2004 12:25 AM
actually skiing cost just as much or more than going to amusement parks.
Friday, January 30, 2004 12:27 AM
Villa Olivia is a great place. I always visit during winter. That said, the weather as of late has been unbelievable, and until things improve, I can't see myself spending recreational time outside. ;)
Saturday, January 31, 2004 10:16 AM
l. We, too, spend our Winters skiing and tubing. If you live in the Midwest-MidSouth Region, the two best tubing facilities are at Perfect North (Ind.) and Winterplace (W.Va.). PN is only a Day Slope, and Winterplace is one of the smaller weekend stops, but they have put a great deal of thought and money into their tubing hills.

2. If you're big into water parks, you really can combine both your loves. Snowshoe (W.Va.) is building an outdoor winter water park, with heated water on all rides. So you can come screaming down the chute and splash into a steaming cloud and hot tub. Bizarre.

3. The cheapest and best recreation is still buying your own six foot Flexible Flyer and finding a mile long hill within several miles of your home. We keep trying to sneak our Flexible Flyers onto ski slopes, but for some reason the ski patrol people get all excited and come after us on their snowmobiles from all directions. So we usually only get a few runs in. We usually ski all day and when we're about ready to leave anyway, we wind up the day with our sleds. Sort of a Grand Finale. Of course, there are a few places we're not allowed back to, but hey, there are plenty of ski slopes out there. *** Edited 1/31/2004 3:19:57 PM UTC by Trekker Park***


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