Go Sliding at WinSport’s Acura Tube Park
It’s the largest tube park in Western Canada, so you’ll probably want to brave the cold to try it out.
The Acura Tube Park is open through March.
Photograph courtesy of WinSport
The Acura Tube park is on the east side of the hill and it's big with a capacity for 500 runs per hour. Unlike skiing and snowboarding, there is no skill required.
“The tube park allows us to use our expertise in snow making and build an activity that requires no equipment or skill,” says John Sutherland, WinSport’s chief operating officer. “We see it as a gateway to snow where we can then progress participants to skiing and snowboarding if they haven’t been in introduced to them already.”
Here’s what you need to know about the park.
What the experience is like
No other tube park in Western Canada is as big as this one. The Acura Tube Park has 10 lanes that are each 200 metres long. Depending on how much of a daredevil you are, you can choose to slide down a faster lane or a slower lane. The slower lanes will be on the east side of the Acura Tube Park, while the faster lanes will be found on the west. The slower lanes are a little shorter in length — otherwise, speeds have to do with the land, rather than more or less ice. WinSport staff which will let you know which lanes are which.
At the top of the slopes, you’ll choose a tube to slide on. There are 400 tubes in the inventory. Then, choose a lane and choose to slide on your own or with a group of people. There are wider lanes specifically built for groups, but that still means one person per tube.
An outrun is at the bottom of the slopes to help you slow down. Then, you’ll take the 120-metre magic carpet back up to the top of the slopes. Repeat for two (or three or four) hours.
Tickets for the Acura Tube Park are sold in two-hour increments. For adults it is $27.99, youth ages six to 17 is $20.99 and kids ages five and younger is $9.99. Family rates range from $59.99 to $79.99. Check the height of young kids. The minimum height for the park is 36 inches.
You can buy and reload your pass online, except during the holiday season from December 26 to January 7. During that time, you must purchase your past at guest services in the Frank King Day Lodge.
Check WinSport's website for a complete calendar of opening times, but the general hours are as follows:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until the end of March and December 26 through January 7
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. most Thursdays and Fridays
1 p.m. to 7 p.m. select Fridays
What to bring
There’s not a lot that you need to bring along to make the most of the new Acura Tube Park. You’ll want to dress in layers — it can get pretty windy up at WinSport — and be sure you’re wearing a toque, mittens and insulated shoes with good grip. Helmets and ski goggles are also recommended.
Otherwise, just bring a sense of fun. Don’t worry about bringing your own tube (you have to use the Acura Tube Park tubes) or even snacks (the park is only a two-minute walk from all the amenities in the Frank King Day Lodge).
Acura Tube Park at WinSport, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W., 403-247-5452, winsport.ca