Photo by Roger Phillips
Sliders got a chance to check out the new snow park at Eagle Island State Park on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and free tubing will continue until 8 p.m. The tubing hill will officially open with a $10 admission charge for tubing, skiing and snowboarding at 10 a.m. New Year’s Day and the slope will be open until 8 p.m.
People planning to visit the park should expect crowds, and don’t forget there’s also a $5 per-vehicle parking charge at the state park unless you have the annual Passport sticker. All children will need an adult to sign a waiver for the child to slide on the hill.
Lines were long on Tuesday when about 600 people had visited the new snow park by mid-afternoon. “There’s a lot of excitement, and we anticipate it will continue for a while,” said Josh Davis, brand manager for Gateway Parks, which designed and built the snow park.
People wanting to avoid crowds might want to wait until later in the day or in the evening. People should come dressed for cold weather and snow. There’s a covered area with heaters for people waiting while others slide. Skiers and boarders have one jump and three rail slides, and they will be waiting in line with the tubers to hit the slope.
You can read more about the park in Thursday’s Idaho Outdoors, and see a video here.