Braving ice and snow requires specialty equipment: snow tubes for commuting and flamethrowers for gently freeing pets from snowdrifts. Take on snowy terrains with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour snow-tubing experience for two at Idaho X-Sports on the Idaho X-Sports snow tubing hill in Garden Valley (a $40 value).
Amid the scenic woods of the Southfork Landing, guests carom down Idaho X-Sports' three 900-foot-long slopes, specially engineered for tubing with man-made snow in the event of unobliging nature. Single or tandem tubes hook up to tow-lifts that whisk riders to the top of the slopes, sparing them the hassle of fashioning grappling hooks with floss and plastic forks from the café. Snow-operators stand by to ensure clear lanes and rider safety, while guests soar down lanes ranging in intensity from mild to wild. Once they've had their fill of wintry sport, guests can purchase food and drinks in the resort's yurt and dry their winter toupees by the fire.
Idaho X-Sports Adventure Park offers visitors access to various activities throughout the year. During the winter months, guests may bring along their own skis and snowshoes to explore more than 10 miles of groomed Nordic ski trails. They can also experience the high-speed thrills of barreling down the mountain while safely seated in cushy tubes. As soon as the snow melts, the wintertime snow tubing lanes are magically transformed into a 300 foot tube drop that gives even the most skilled stilt-walkers a run for their money. At the bottom of the hill, visitors can test the altitude on the Freedom Jump, a four-station bungee trampoline, or enjoy yard games. During these warm months, mountain bikes and river tubes are also available for rent. Year-round, guests can purchase food and drinks from the food trailer or relax by the campfire.