Monday, January 28, 2013

Tubing at at Sugar Mountain, NC

Posted By: Leah

Yesterday Gav and I met up with my friend Kari and her family to go snow tubing in the NC mountains. It's only a little over 2 hour drive, so not a bad day trip with the kids at all.

Kari's kids are a little younger than Gav, and this was the perfect activity for us because you only need to be three years old to go tubing. We went to Sugar Mountain. This is right down the road from Hawksnest where Gav, and my friends and I had gone tubing a couple of years ago. Catch up on that post HERE.

Sugar Mountain was for sure better for kids tubing, while I'd say Hawksnest is more fun for adults. Gav can hang in any environment, but if you have younger kids, Sugar is your place. The tubing is right by the parking lot, so you can get snacks from your car, change shoes, whatever you need really quickly and easily. There is a lodge with bathrooms right there too. And hot chocolate and snacks.

The tubing lanes at Sugar are a little slower, but that makes it more manageable for having one child on your lap and one in tow.

The lanes are shorter as well, but the good part is the 'magic carpet ride' aka the conveyor belt you stand on with your tube as you go back up the hill is much shorter so you can take tons of runs in the two hour session.

The very best thing about Sugar Mountain was the way the photography is done. Yes, all tubing places have realized families want to take photos of their day, but it's sometimes hard juggling kids and cameras. Sugar Mountain not only had a photographer standing in the middle of the lane, but instead of selling the photos as singles, you can purchase the whole disc of the session with around 500 photos. Yes, you'll have photos of other people's families, but it is a good deal.

Oh! And the photographer pulls your family aside towards the end of the tubing for family and group photos. Way better than trusting a stranger to get a good shot with your own camera!

Here are some more photos of Gav and I. Clearly I am a camera hog (sorry in advance to other families for my crazy faces!) Yes, I admit I'd always choose the lanes close to the photographer. I wanted to help him get a great shot of me and Gav Hahaha!

 Gav on my lap.
 Me towing Gav, but had my feet in so they wouldn't hit the side of the lane.
Favorite tubing shot!

Here are a few more  photos of Gav and I with the mountains behind us.

Gav and I were both making a normal face in this one.

Gav on the 'magic carpet.' Pretty much the only photo I took all day.

After our tubing session was over, we went into Boone and had lunch. We also stopped by my favorite place ever... the Candy Barrel at the Mast General Store!

And of course I had to get this mug, I've had my eye on it for years! We always stop by Mast Store when my family goes to get our Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving. Get caught up on that fun tradition here.

How was your weekend? I'm super tired from all the fun yesterday in the mountains. The good news (sorta) is that the weather in NC is crazy and Gav's school is on a delay for the cold weather. So he got to sleep in this morning.


  1. That's awesome that they take pictures for you! And I am totally jealous that you went tubing. There's no place around here that I wouldn't look like a weirdo going without a kid. Can I borrow Gav?

  2. Those pictures reek of awesome. I am obsessed with Gav's poses. He is my favorite.

  3. Freaking awesome pictures! There's no tubing spots here....sadcakes. I'd have to go out of state to do it. Actually, I don't even think there's ski resorts here in Jersey. LOL

  4. OMG I absolutely LOVE the idea of having a photographer on the slopes...or the mountain...! That's so cool!
    He did a good job capturing the family and can I say you are the coolest mom!!!!


  5. Hi Leah,
    My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Sugar Mountain to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!


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