Seattle families are lucky to have the mountains close by—less than two-and-a-half hours away in most cases. And with fresh pow pow finally starting to dump in the hills, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about adding a sledding or tubing day trip to your wintertime to-do list. Click through the gallery to find out where you can catch all of the powdery goodness this season.

Summit Tubing Center at Snoqualmie
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Summit Tubing Center at Snoqualmie

The Summit Tubing Center (formerly known as Snowflake Tubing Hill) is snow tubing at its picture perfect best. There are 12 individual lanes of groomed snow on gently sloped hills the length of a football field, as well as commercial-grade tubes and a tow to make your ascent back to the top effortless. Your tubing ticket for this winter wonderland of tubing fun is good for a two-hour session (beginning at 9 a.m.), and this will be plenty of time to frolic and tire the kids out. There’s also small café on site for post-tubing snacks.

Tubing Center (Summit Central at Snoqualmie)
1001 Route 906
Snoqualmie Pass, Wa 98068

Cost: $23/adults; $20-21/youth (6-11 years); $5/children (5 and under); $5/viewing ticket
Open: Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. & holidays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (subject to snow availability)

photo: Pennuja via Flickr

  1. Summit Tubing Center at Snoqualmie
  2. Hyak Sno-Park
  3. Lt. Michael Adams Tubing Park
  4. Paradise Visitor's Center on Mt. Rainier
  5. Suncadia Resort

There’s nothing quite like a full day of snow-bound play to make all the comforts of home and family so delightful. If you get a snow day off from school or work, be sure to try out this great list of local golf courses available for snow play.

Did we miss your favorite spot to sled or tube? Let us know in a comment below!

— Katie Gruver