You’ve got your snow tires installed, you’ve stocked up on the essentials (or at least the essentials for you), and you’ve made sure that winter driving courses are on your calendar. You’re all set for a winter road trip! But before hitting the snowy highways, you’ll want to do one other thing: prepare an outfit for tubing.
Tubing is a fun activity that’s easy to learn and perfect for most age groups, so it’s no surprise that getting into it is becoming more popular. If you want to try it, but aren’t sure where to start, check out these seven tips.
The first rule of snow tubing is to always wear a helmet. The second rule of snow tubing is to always bring your own water and snacks. And the third rule of snow tubing is to make sure that you are well-dressed for your trip down the hill. Since nobody wants their time spent tubing to be cut short by an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction, you will need to have appropriate attire for all varieties of weather and snow conditions. A warm jacket, a comfy pair of boots, and maybe even some hand warmers if it’s extra cold out can all help protect you against the elements so that you can focus on having fun instead!
Other tips include bringing your own sled or tube, packing emergency essentials in case anything bad happens (i.e. a cell phone), or making sure that you’re dressed in multiple layers so that if one layer gets wet you still have others on underneath it to keep yourself warm.
Below are some examples of what you might want to pack with you on your next trip out:
The very first thing you need to do is figure out what the weather conditions are going to be like.
Getting dressed for a day of snow tubing is easier said than done. The fun and excitement of going down the mountain is made all the more enjoyable by dressing just right, but there are many factors to consider when choosing your outfit. First and foremost, what weather conditions are you looking at? If it’s cold, you’re going to want to dress warmly in layers, preferably with an option for waterproofing as well. Since most people tend to underestimate how cool the snow will be (especially if it’s windy), you’ll probably want some gloves or mittens so that you don’t lose too much body heat while riding up the mountain or waiting in line.
The next thing to consider is how windy it’s going to be – will you have trouble balancing on the tube? If so, avoid wearing loose clothing that could blow around and get caught in moving parts of the snow tubing machine. Also try not to choose anything too light – a strong gust might cause your pants or shirt to blow off!
If you’re on a sunny day, remember that most of your body will be exposed without proper protection from UV rays – make sure you bring some sunscreen with an SPF rating high enough for what kind of sun exposure you’ll be getting!
But even if it’s cloudy out, don’t let up on protective measures: glare can still get through on hazy days and cause sunburns similar to other days. Wearing sunglasses is also a good idea if your eyes aren’t accustomed to bright sunlight (like mine aren’t).
Don’t forget a hat!
Sending snow flying in every direction as you barrel down a tube may make for some great memories, but the aftermath can be less than ideal for your hair and face. Before you head down the slopes, keep these tips in mind to help you pick out a hat that will keep your head warm and dry while you’re having fun:
If your body is going to be exposed to the harsh winter elements, it’s important to cover up your head with a warm hat made of wool or fleece. These materials are particularly good at trapping air pockets between strands that are capable of retaining heat even when it’s cold outside. This means no more frozen ears (or nose or cheeks) on top of frostbite! For those prone to feeling drowsy on the slopes, a wide-brimmed hat is especially useful because it can block out the sun’s rays while also helping keep any droplets from hitting your face on their way down. Wear earmuffs too if you’re likely to forget them; even if they get soaked from falling snow, they’ll still be able to trap some heat inside until you take them off later. Some hats have adjustment straps or ties at the back so that nothing gets in the way when you’re tubing down snowy hillsides. One piece of advice we’d give: don’t forget about socks! You want quality wool socks in addition to what else is pictured here; trust us on this one—you’ll thank us later!
You can get a lot of speed when snow tubing, so wearing a helmet might not be a bad idea if you want that extra protection.
The best part about snow tubing is probably how fast you go. It’s no secret that you’ll be moving pretty quickly as you descend the hill, but did you know that even a little bit of speed can actually be dangerous? The sweeping motion of your tube can cause serious injury if you aren’t wearing the right gear, especially to your head. While snowboarding and skiing will always involve some amount of risk due to the physics involved with going downhill, proper helmet and protective gear can help ensure that an accident won’t end up being much more than a crack on the head and some bad bruises.
Snow tubing has a long history in Canada—the first commercial operation was opened in Quebec in 1959! Since then, it’s become one of the most popular winter activities around North America, from Vermont to Arizona. If you’re planning on going tubing this year, here are some tips for making sure your time is safe and sound.
Wearing under-layers is a no-brainer.
When tubing, it’s a no-brainer to wear under-layers, but wear something that will keep you warm. For example, wearing cotton is a bad idea because it absorbs the moisture from sweat and gets heavy quickly. Polyester and wool are good materials to wear when snow tubing because they don’t absorb water easily and keep you warm for longer periods of time. If the weather is really cold during your snow tubing session, try wearing one or two more layers than usual. Otherwise, you want to be able to move around easily without being restricted by thick clothing.
But there are ways to keep yourself warm in snow pants if you’re really opposed to wearing them.
Snow tubing is a popular winter activity, but it can be cold, which makes it easy to fall victim to the elements and freeze your face off. Accidents happen, but if you follow these tips, you’ll have a good time and come out of it with all your body parts intact.
- A long-sleeved shirt will keep your body from direct contact with the snow tubing mat
- The more layers between you and the snow tubing mat, the better
- Wear a hat or beanie
- Ski goggles are great for keeping your face warm and preventing eye injuries from flying clumps of snow
- Wearing gloves or mittens will keep your hands warm; if they get wet from snow spray on the tube, just take them off and put them in your jacket pockets until they dry
- A scarf or face mask can help protect against air that dries out skin—it’s also an added layer that lessens the chances of frostbite
Wear goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes.
So you’re that guy who skis and snowboards all year, then goes to the mountains in January and asks everyone if they have goggles or sunglasses. You’re not being particularly nice. Plus your friends are totally getting irritated with you because they know that you have no idea how to get a rental ski pass, but only care about looking cool when you’re on the slopes. We all know what it’s like to be in your shoes.
So here’s how we solved our problem: goggles for days. They insulated our eyes from the cold and kept them from letting snow or dead skin particles into our eyes. No more dryness or irritation—and wearing them at night? Totally awesome! Plus, now I can look cool while taking pictures of my childhood friend on his first time riding a snowboard (which I had to do last year).
Now, sports-watching is out of the question unless it’s an event with lots of action happening on the field—like, American football or soccer—but I was more than happy to bring these babies along for hikes and camping trips. They provided all-day protection without making me look ridiculous when I talked to people at parties by peering through holes in my mask while still giving me plenty of visibility (on top of looking relaxed).
With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to planning your next adventure on the snow!
When you’re in the planning stages for your next snow tubing trip, it’s important to remember that there are a few key things you need to think about before leaving on your adventure. Whether it’s a family fun day or an afternoon of getting the biggest air possible all while staying warm, these should be at the forefront of your mind before you set out. Here they are:
- Your winter jacket: If you don’t have one yet, this is definitely something that needs to be on your list! There’s nothing worse than having to walk back into the lodge after a long day because you forgot it. It also keeps you warm, and looks great too!
- The right pants: Tights aren’t exactly super comfortable in the cold (or hot), so make sure the fit is just right! You don’t want anything ice-cold around your ankles or thighs when those big air jumps come along! Also, make sure they look good with boots!
- The right socks: This is where it gets tricky if you haven’t done any research on what’ll work for your feet and how thick they should be (in case of snow). If that’s not something you’ve thought about yet…get thinking! Make sure they fit well too (not too tight) and keep your toes nice and warm (and stop them from freezing).
- Warm accessories: Wear layers of clothing underneath any outerwear so that if/when it does get cold outside, at least some skin will still be touching something warm…or else go commando like we do sometimes haha 😛
- Sunscreen: Honestly, kids should probably opt out of wearing sunscreen bc I’m pretty sure 99% of them won’t have even a tiny bit of sun damage by now ;P But seriously though, just because mom didn’t give them such advice when they were little doesn’t mean they don’t need to stay out in the sun 😉 And no matter what time of year,
When it comes to snow tubing, the most important thing you can remember is to dress in layers. Snow tubing usually takes place at ski resorts, which means that they’re well-equipped to accommodate all of your winter apparel needs. Getting a little extra advice on what exactly you should wear helps too, though—so here are seven tips for dressing your best for snow tubing!
The first thing you need is an outfit that’s made for the cold. This means finding some snow pants or other type of insulated clothing (this also includes gloves and a hat). Any kind of boots will do, as long as they are waterproof—boot socks can help add some insulation and keep your feet extra cozy if you have thin or non-waterproof footwear. Sunglasses or goggles are also a good idea because snow blindness is very common in extreme weather conditions like these, so protect yourself with some stylish eyewear!
If you want to get all fancy with it, then feel free to sport any headgear that complements your personal style. Just make sure whatever you choose has ear flaps or full coverage so that nothing gets into your ears while you’re tubing down the hill! And remember: no one said anything about hats being required! A simple balaclava may be all the warmth and protection you need after a few hours of carefree sledding. As far as gloves go, there’s no right choice; just find something that fits comfortably and prevents exposure to windchill. Finally, don’t forget proper footwear and socks: definitely bring along whatever booties would protect your legs from falling snow and ice (and maybe even keep them warm)!
The great thing about snow tubing is that it can be done on a budget. Sure, if you want to impress the people in your group by showing off your expensive gear, it’s possible—but for many of us, our ski boots are stuff we wear in the ski season and then stick in the closet for most of the year. Why not put them to good use?
When choosing what to wear, remember: layers are key. The more room you leave between your skin and whatever clothes you’re wearing, the easier it will be to regulate your body temperature while tubing down a steep hillside at breakneck speeds. This way, you’ll be able to keep warm when stopped at the top and cool when zipping down at full speed.
If you don’t have a helmet already or forgot yours back home, there are plenty of options available for purchase or rental at any tubing center worth its salt (or snow). If you’ve got your own helmet and aren’t sure whether or not it’s safe enough for this situation, ask some employees there—they’ll know if it’s safe enough or if they have something else that will suffice. Make sure to check weather reports before heading out so that you know what kind of jacket (if any) you’ll need for warmth on top of whatever else is already on your body! Also don’t forget sunglasses to protect yourself from harmful UV rays as well as hats and gloves—there’s nothing worse than losing feeling in your extremities after too much time outside! Keep these things handy all day long so that when it comes time to tube down an icy mountain at breakneck speeds again next winter, all you need is a quick change into your tubin’ clothes!