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Why wait for winter? Tubing parks opens this weekend

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Gorgoza Park has decided to open its doors, and its slopes, a little early this year to give families the chance to play in the snow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Park manager Tom Butz said the season officially opens for tubing, mini snowmobiling, mini tubing and the Fort Frosty mini carousel on Dec. 5. However, all seven tubing lanes will be open Friday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Nov. 29, from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets for children three to six years old are $10 for two hours. Children must stay on the lower three lanes. Tickets for those seven years old and older are $20 for two hours and include any of the seven lanes. None of the toddler rides for children two and younger will be open until Dec. 5.

All of the lanes are lift-served and employees will be on hand to assist tubers at the top and bottom of the riders. No experience is required to go tubing, Butz said, and the park provides the tubes. An incline at the bottom of the hill slows the tubes to a gradual stop and keeps tubers in the park.

"We’re planning on having some crowds this weekend," Butz said. "But because we have seven lanes open, we’re happy we can accommodate a fair amount of tubers. We’ve had a few Thanksgiving early openings throughout our history, and they’ve been a good busy time for us with locals looking for stuff to do."

Butz said that although the Warming Yurt will not be open this weekend, the Café Yurt will be available for those wanting to get warm with a cup of hot chocolate.

Butz said the park will continue to make snow until Wednesday or Thursday morning and then groom the lanes before opening.

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The park is located off I-80 at the Jeremy Ranch exit. For more information, visit http://www.gorgozapark.com or call 435-658-2648.

The tubing hill at Soldier Hollow near Midway will open on Dec. 5 and offers six tubing lanes. Tickets are limited during busy periods and pre-purchasing tickets is encouraged. For tickets prices and hours, visit http://www.soldierhollow.com/tubing.

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