Free tubing day for the kids draws big crowd

Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-26 20:14:48-05

Christmas Day may have come and gone but the spirit of giving is still burning bright in the Treasure Valley.

Kids got in for free at the tubing hill at Eagle Island State Park Saturday.

The owner of Gateway Parks welcomes the cooler temperatures, which have allowed for them to open their Eagle Island facility this year. Last year, it was just too warm to keep snow on the ground.

Dozens of families took advantage of free tubing day for the kids.

After all, the Christmas break and sledding go hand-in-hand, right? Plus, it's something the entire family can do together.

"It's all ages that's what is so awesome about tubing is it's not just the young ones," says Ryan Neptune, owner of Gateway Parks. "We have people all the way up to 80-years-old going down the hill tubing with their grandchildren."

The tubing hill was filled with cries of joy, which is something that was made possible thanks to snow making machines.

The Eagle Island hill first opened this season on Thanksgiving.

"As the weeks have gone on, we've made more and more snow," Neptune says. "We've blasted through all the rain spells."

Next week, Neptune adds that they plan on making 2-3 times more snow compared to Saturday.

The tubing lane is re-designed each week to incorporate new features for those willing to bundle up and brave the cold.

"This is an amazing day and it's everything that we expected... nice cold temperatures, sunny... people are just having a ball," Neptune concludes.

The Eagle Island facility is open daily through the Christmas break with extended hours.

After Jan. 3, their regular, daily hours resume with lift tickets at $15 for a full day and $13 after 4 p.m.

Neptune plans on being open through March.