Kirkwood's Tubing Hill offers fun for families on the weekend and holidays. The tubing hill is serviced by a tow rope to take the work out of climbing back up the hill. Tubes and sleds are included in the fee. Kids have at least 2 years and able to ride independently.
It seems wrong to pay for sledding and tubing unless the hill is something special and you at least get a ride up a magic carpet to save your legs some work. The tubing hill at Kirkwood is nicely groomed, easy to access, but it is not very long and there isn't a magic carpet to help get you and your tub back up to the top. If you don' want to pay to sled, there are a few other spots between the lodging areas that you can pull a sled up a small incline for just as much fun. This tubing hill will definitely thrill kids though and your ticket comes with the tube rental as well, so if you didn't bring a sled or a tube, this is your place to head to for some snow play.
We came here for about an hour and had a blast. The slope is well groomed and has a very gentle drop of about 5-6 feet to help you get speed. The rest of the chute is a very minor downhill.
There are two chutes that you can go down and both are wide enough for 2-3 tubes to go slide down comfortably at the same time if you and the kids want to go down connected like a caterpillar.
You can take leisurely rides here with younger kids with no problem. There's a rope tow to keep the legs from getting too tired from walking all the way back to the top of the ramp.
For older kids who might be looking for something more thrilling, this is probably not the place to go. The most adventurous move you could do would be a running start ending with a belly flop onto the tube down the slope.