As you can imagine, snow tubing in Florida works a bit differently than up north. For the safety of our guests, we do not blow snow on any of the entry lines, exit lines or staging areas of Snowy Slopes, including the entry and exit lines at the top and bottom of the slopes. Only the sliding face of Snowy Slopes is covered in a mixture of snow & ice (as ice forms when snow compacts and/or melts and re-freezes).
(Customers wishing to stand on and play in snow should visit the Arctic Igloo, where they will find 100+ tons of snow).
Snowy Slopes is located entirely outdoors and we do not have a cover over the face of the hill. Consequently, the face of Snowy Slopes is affected by air temperature, wind, rain, and the sun. Our maintenance crew works every night to build up the thick frozen sliding layer on the face of Snowy Slopes, which is always kept chilled below freezing.
At the start of the day, the face of Snowy Slopes may appear frosted but as the sun rises the very thin top layer of Snowy Slopes may melt and the slopes may appear glossy, while the thick layer of compacted snow and ice remains frozen underneath. As the sun sets, the very thin top layer will re-freeze and the slopes will again frost over. Rain, wind and humidity also affect the slope. During humid nights, a layer of low-lying fog may appear at the bottom of Snowy Slopes and an additional frosty layer may form on the face of the slope.
Because of these various factors, snow tubes travel at different speeds throughout the day. Our team uses different tools to the monitor and adjust the speed of snow tubes travelling down the hill by adding snow on particular lanes, adjusting friction mats, and using a mixture of hard-bottomed & soft-bottomed tubes. Lane dividers are also embedded on the sides of each lane and are tall enough to ensure tubes cannot travel outside of their lane.
Snow tubing in Florida is a unique experience, only found at Snowcat Ridge. The safety of our guests is our top priority and our team works hard to monitor slope conditions every day to ensure all guests have a safe and fun tubing adventure at our park.