As one of the largest ski resorts near Pittsburgh, I've been to Seven Springs to go skiing several times now. And, not surprising, my visits have followed a fairly typical pattern for me, namely: drive down early in the morning, ski for four or five hours, get incredibly exhausted, and go home.
Each time I often thought about the other activities you can do at Seven Springs in the winter, but by the time we were ready to leave for the day I would forget about it until our next visit. Thankfully, during my most recent trip I was able to stay for the weekend, and was given the opportunity to try something I've been wanting to do for a very long time- go snow tubing!
After taking in this one, I had to ask myself why I waited so long to do it in the first place.
Snow Tubing – My New Favorite Winter Activity in PA
The concept of snow tubing is pretty simple. You grab an inflatable tube, ride a magic carpet to the top of a specialty designed slope, and hurl yourself down at high speeds over and over again until you can't take it anymore (or your timed session ends). Sounds fun, right?
It is an incredibly simplistic experience, but is something that brings everyone who tries it great joy.
I like to think that snow tubing is the antithesis of skiing, because in skiing you have to manage your speed, watch out for others, and put effort into maintaining your form and balance. With snow tubing you do not have to do any of that. It is literally take a run, go as fast as possible, and within a few moments you'll reach the bottom safely and repeat the process all over again. All of the nuance of skiing goes out the window, and you are able to hurl yourself down a slope without a care in the world.
In fact, this one is so much of a thrill that me describing it in words does not do it justice. To really understand why tubing is fun, you have to see it in action in the video below:
My Seven Springs Trips Will Now Be Skiing …and Tubing
Now, I can fully understand why everyone enjoys skiing, but at the end of the day when you are exhausted and can no longer stand from doing it, heading over to the tubing ramps for a few hours of mindless and effortless fun is always appreciated.
I used to think that a visit to Seven Springs was always an either or thing, where we'd either go skiing or tubing (and where skiing always won), but now that I've finally tried tubing I know that it is not always the case. Doing them together is the best!
So when you're down at Seven Springs for your next ski trip, be sure to head over for a two-hour time slot at their tubing course. You won't regret this one in the slightest.
I'd like to thank Seven Springs for inviting me down for the weekend. As always, all opinions are my own.
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