Rules of the tubing hill

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2001

What you need to know about Eaglecrest's tubing hill:

• Location: The hill is above the upper parking lot next to the Platter Pull's Dolly Varden run.

• Cost: Tickets are $6 at the lodge.

• Hours: 4-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.

• Age limit: Tubers must be at least 6 years old.

•Getting tubes: 45 covered inner tubes are available by the tow. When more than 45 people are using the hill, those in the back of the line pass tubes forward to those in front. You can use only the tubes provided.

• Loading: When you get to the front of the line, hand the strap attached to your tube to the operator who will attach it to the tow and tell you when to get on the tube.

• Unloading: After being pulled over a small hill at the top, get off. The operator will hand you the strap after taking it off the tow line.

• Choosing the run: Two runs can be used. Both offer about the same speed but the one farthest from the tow line is a little longer.

•Tubing: Only one person is allowed on each tube and only one tube is allowed to leave from top of each run at the same time. Wait until the person in front of you is most of the way down before starting.

• Starting line: Follow instructions for where to begin. On slick days, the starting line is part way down the hill to keep fast tubers from topping the berm at the bottom.

• Position: Tubers can sit, kneel or lie on the tubes, but not stand.

• Stopping: Sloped berms at the bottom of both runs slow or stop tubers. The run closest to the tow line ends with an elastic "chain" of inner tubes as a final stop. Get out of the way so you're not hit by the next tuber.

•Behavior: As with other runs, cursing, shoving and other bothersome behavior is prohibited.

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