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Koteewi Run Snow Tubing Hill

The Hill

Join us for a breath taking slide down Koteewi Run, central Indiana’s only specialized snow tubing hill.  Slide 700’ down groomed lanes in our custom snow tubes to the landing (2 1/3 football fields for reference), and then ride our tow line back to the top for another run.  No experience necessary, just proper attire for the conditions and a thirst for outdoor fun and adventure. Read about our process for making snow.

Snow Report

As of February 2nd, the Snow Report is excellent.  We were able to maintain operations through the up & down temperatures over the past couple weeks because we had made a lot of snow during the early January cold spell and we were working it nightly so we never lost good tubing conditions.  We made A LOT of new snow over night February 1st to 2nd, and the forecasted low temps through middle February indicate we’ll make snow on every night that we don’t get it from Mother Nature.  There is natural snow in the forecast that will give us a beautiful white background for the overall Strawtown Koteewi Park area through at least mid-month, so the Tubing Hill will have ample snow for tubing throughout February.  We groom and re-design the lanes nightly to improve existing lanes and create new features that provide a different and fun experience with each new day.  We’ll check back in mid-February to let you know what we expect for the second half of the month, and…dare we say- March?

Season Calendar/Hours 2017-2018

Season:  Open December 16 to February 25 (into March if conditions allow)

Operating Hours:

  • Weekdays (Mon-Thurs) 4pm - 9pm
  • Fridays 1pm - 10pm
  • Saturdays 10am - Midnight (12am)
  • Sundays 10am - 10pm
  • Holidays 10am - Midnight (12am)
    • Holiday Dates:
      • December 23 through Jan 7 (Christmas vacation)
      • January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
      • February 19 (President's Day)
    • Christmas Eve Hours - 10am - 4pm
    • Closed Christmas Day

Tubing FAQS

Take me through the process…How do I do this?

  • Tickets can be purchased via the site, or when you arrive.  There are no specific reservation times, so even if you purchased a ticket on line, tubes are subject to availability upon arrival.
  • Download and print your Waiver Form from the site, initial where required and sign.  Sign for Minors if applicable.
  • Bring your signed Waiver Form(s) to the payment window at Koteewi Run.  Our staff will confirm signature of the Waiver, and give you a total for payment.  If you purchased your pass on line, bring your confirmation/receipt.
  • Our Staff will give you a Pass that allows you to proceed to the Tube Cage to get your tube, after which you’ll get in line for the lift up the hill.  Your pass will have your END TIME on it, to be checked by the staff member each time you reach the lift line.
  • Now you’re tubing.  Follow the instructions of our Staff at all times.  Our staff is trained in every step of the tubing process, and here to help you have the good time you intended.  Your responsibility is to follow the instructions the Staff provides so everyone shares that intended good time.
  • Our tow line will take you up the hill.  Our staff stationed at the entry to the lift will have you sit on your tube, and instruct you on hooking your tow handle to the tow line.  You then simply sit still and the tow line pulls you to the top, where our staff will give instructions for exiting the lift and moving to a lane for your launch down the hill.
  • You’ll slide down one of our groomed lanes.  The bottom of the hill, where you stop, is called the Run-Out and we highly recommend you follow the Staff instructions- staying in your lane, and exiting the Run-Out area as directed and as soon as possible so that others can slide down the same lane behind you without collision. 
  • If you have time remaining on your pass, you’ll follow the path back to the lift and start the process over.  If your time is expired, you’ll take the path back to the tube cage and return your tube.  If you have time left on your pass and just feel like taking a break, you return your tube to the tube cage and take your break in the common area around the fire pits or in the office/restroom area.  When your break is over, present your pass again at the tube cage, and return to the line for the lift.

How should I dress?

  • Dress for the conditions of the day, and plan on being outdoors in those conditions for the duration of your stay at Koteewi Run. Avoid cotton because it holds moisture and robs your body heat.  Avoid multiple pairs of socks because they restrict the blood flow to your toes.
  • Dress like our Staff…remembering always that “Dry is Warm, and Wet is Cold”
    • Water Resistant or Water Proof Boots
    • One pair of Liner socks (to wick moisture), and one pair of WOOL (not cotton) socks
    • Synthetic or wool base layer against the skin - tops and bottoms
    • Snow pants or other water resistant or water proof pants/bibs (not cotton)
    • Fleece or other synthetic mid-layer jacket or sweatshirt with a high collar to block the wind from your neck (can be worn alone or covered by your parka or jacket depending on the temperature)
    • Wind Resistant or Water Proof parka or jacket
    • Water proof gloves
    • Hat to suit the conditions
    • Goggles or sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun on the snow and from the wind
    • Sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher, and lip balm will minimize wind burn and sun burn

Ok, got the right clothes, what else do I need to bring?

  • ID, wallet, cash or major credit card
  • Extra clothes and shoes for the trip home
  • Your Waiver Form if you print it from the site and complete it ahead of time (highly recommended)

Can I bring my own sled?

  • No.  We do not allow any sleds, boards, tubes, etc to be brought on the premises.  We have specialized custom snow tubes for the park, and the cost is included in your pass.

Can more than one person ride in the tube?

  • No.  Only one person per tube.

What is the minimum age/height/weight for a child?

  • While we don’t have a specific minimum age for children, they must be able to handle their tube by themselves, ride the lift on the tube unassisted, slide down the hill in the tube by themselves, and follow the instructions for clearing their lane at the bottom of the hill.  It is a parent’s discretion as to the child’s ability to tube safely, but our staff will refuse tubing or disqualify from further tubing a child if they feel these conditions can’t be met without danger to the child or to other participants.  We recommend that parents consider this information prior to purchasing a pass as there are no refunds.

Do I need to sign anything?

  • Every participant will need to sign our Waiver Form.  These can be (and should be) downloaded from the site and signed in advance of arrival.  This speeds up the check-in and payment process, and conditions (temperature, wind, snow) may not always be favorable for signing the waiver form upon arrival.  Minors less than age 18 will need a Parent or Responsible Adult to sign the Waiver for them. 

How long can we tube?

  • See the Tickets & Passes section of the site for options. 
  • The pass for normal, non-holiday weekdays Monday through Thursday covers our operating hours for that specific day. 
  • We offer 2-hour and 3-hour passes for weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and holidays.  See our Season Schedule/Operating Hours on the site to know the designated holidays. 
  • Additional time can be purchased when you buy your 2 or 3 hour pass initially (at $5 per hour).
  • You can also purchase additional time when your time expires (at $10 per hour) subject to availability of tubes.  We cannot guarantee your tube will be available for additional time without waiting.  We recommend purchasing the additional time up-front, remembering there are no refunds for time not used.

Do you have multi-session or season passes?

  • We do not have multi-session passes, but we do have Season Passes. These can be bought on the site.

How do we pay?

  • You’ll pay with credit card online, and there is a convenience fee associated with paying online.
  • You can pay at the Koteewi Run payment window with cash or major credit card.  We do not accept personal checks.

Snow Tubing Rules and Recommendations

Snow tubing, like other recreational activities, includes inherent risks that can never be eliminated, regardless of how much emphasis we place on reducing risk.  Guests are responsible for their actions and safety.  Our employees are there to help and assist you have the fun you intended.  Following the Snow Tubing Rules and Recommendations below will help to reduce the inherent risks.

  • Tubers should wait for the tubing lane to be cleared before proceeding down the hill
  • Tubers should be aware of traffic in lanes both in front of and behind them
  • Upon completion of the run, tubers should remain in their lane until they reach the appropriate markers to exit
  • A tuber leaving (or attempting to leave) their assigned tubing lane is prohibited
  • Everyone on the snow should have a valid tubing ticket
  • Tubing while intoxicated is prohibited
  • No tubing when the hill is closed (or on closed lanes)
  • No personal sliding devices allowed on the premises (OEI/Koteewi Run tubes only, no sleds, toboggans, snow boards, etc)
  • Removing tubes from the designated area is prohibited
  • Tubers should be sitting or lying (back or stomach) on tubes; No standing or kneeling.
  • It is recommended to not wear ski boots or other hard shell boot while tubing
  • Holding onto tube handles is recommended
  • Tubers should hold onto the tube for running starts if running starts are permitted (given current conditions).
  • Running starts, if permitted (given current conditions), should not interfere with other tubers waiting in line.
  • Throwing of snow or snowballs is prohibited
  • Tow straps should be placed into the tubes before proceeding down the hill.
  • One rider per individual tube (Children should be in their own tube, not sharing with an adult).

Safety

OEI feels it is important that all participants (ADULT PARTICIPANTS or MINOR PARTICIPANTS and/or RESPONSIBLE ADULTS) understand the nature of our sports and are aware of, understand, and appreciate the inherent risks involved.  Snow Tubing risks include, but are not limited to, falling from the tube; collision with others and/or objects at the end of the lane; collisions resulting from a tube crossing the lane divider into an adjoining lane; collision resulting from another tuber or group of tubers overtaking the participant; unexpected change of speed due to varying changes in snow conditions; participants have little control of their tube once the slide begins; failure of equipment; and use of the conveyor lift.  Other inherent risks of Snow Tubing include, but are not limited to, erratic or negligent behavior of the participant or of other participants; sudden changes in weather, weather-related occurrences, and acts of nature; and judgment errors by staff (including error in judging the ability of participants, failure to anticipate developing problem situations, and failure to anticipate sudden changes in weather conditions).  Risks of Observing and Being on the Premises for Both the Participant and Non-Participant include, but are not limited to, standing too close to the run-out areas, being struck by tubes or other equipment; being struck by out-of-control tubers, slipping and falling (on slick, wet, icy, or uneven spots, in restrooms and other indoor areas); slippery or uneven sidewalks, steps, and outdoor surfaces; and various parking lot hazards such as vehicle traffic and unsure footing.

It is important that all participants (ADULT PARTICIPANTS or MINOR PARTICIPANTS and/or RESPONSIBLE ADULTS) understand that injuries can occur as the result of these inherent risks, which include, but are not limited to muscle strains and sprains, bruises, contusions, abrasions, sunburn, frost bite, hypothermia, muscle soreness, broken bones, ligament and joint injuries, back and neck injuries, concussions, internal injuries, eye injuries, brain injury; spinal cord and back injuries, heart attack, stroke, or even death.

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