Today we've got Victoria telling us all about Gorgoza Park!
I prefer sledding with my kids compared to skiing, largely due to cost but also because it is more accessible and provides a quick thrill for kids. We have several favorite sledding hills in east Salt Lake but I’ve always wanted to try a tubing park. If you head up Parley’s Canyon (toward Park City on I-80) Gorgoza Park is only 20 minutes from Salt Lake off the Jeremy Ranch exit.
My family had the chance to try sledding at Gorgoza Park this past week during a social media event. Many people call it tubing because you ride on inflated tubes. The tubes actually make for a smoother ride. Gorgoza is the pampered way to sled as they offer lift-served tubing.
No climbing back up the hill is necessary. They take you back up the hill on a conveyor belt or tube lift. You get a ride up then slide down. It is fun the entire time. My kids never complained or asked me to carry their tube (sledding heaven!!).
Gorgoza Park is great for all ages. You can hold each other’s tubes (up to 6) and go down the hill together.
They have mini-snowmobiles (for an additional fee) for ages 6-12. My kids loved driving around a track using the gas and brakes. Be aware that children must be age 3+ to tube. If they are under 42” they can ride the 3 lower lanes. Taller children can ride the 4 higher lanes. They have a few more activities for younger children ages 1-6 in Fort Frosty.
Lines can get backed up a little so be prepared as you wait to ride up the mountain again. They have music pumped through speakers and it is a great time to grab a quick photo holding your tubes.
Here are a few tips for sledding at Gorgoza Park with your family:
1. Use the restroom and grab a snack before you dress in snow clothes.
We’ve learned our lesson. Gorgoza Park is prepared with a Café Yurt and restrooms. You can warm up for a few minutes while you have a snack. My kids were very thirsty at the end so I’m glad I had packed some water bottles in our car for the ride home.
2. Gather Snow Clothes
Make sure you’ve got snow gloves (not knit mittens), snow pants, a heavy coat, snow boots, a hat that covers your ears and a scarf or neck warmer. You’ll also want snow goggles or sun glasses because the snow powder will spray your face as you ride quickly down the hill. My kids grow out of their snow clothes each season so I normally buy snow pants and boots at thrift shops and I buy black so they can get passed to brothers and sisters. I saw a man who wore jeans while tubing and the jeans were sopping wet at the end of 2 hours.
3. Secret Supplies
Grab some air-activated hand warmers. They can go in your gloves, and I held them on my cheeks. They last for at least 6 hours and my kids never complained about being cold once. I also keep a little package of facial tissue in my pocket so I can wipe noses or watery eyes. And remember your camera (most likely your phone). Keep it accessible but zipped or buttoned in a pocket so you don’t lose it. I saw several people with selfie sticks or go-pro cameras to help them capture videos.
4. Sledding Safety
Wear a helmet. Although I didn’t see anyone wearing a helmet the day I went at Gorgoza and I felt pretty safe without one. When sledding local hills, make sure there are no trees, roads or obstructions you may run into at the bottom. The biggest safety risks while sledding are objects (like trees) or running into other sledders. We’ve had several accidents and bloody noses (which looks worse on the snow) when a sledder goes down the hill, when the bottom is not clear and it looks like they knock down a bowling pin, but instead they are knocking down other kids. Gorgoza Park fixes both of these risks. They have 7 well-groomed tubing lanes. Each lane slopes up at the end so you stop before you run into anything. And they monitor that the lane is clear before letting the next person slide down.
I grew up in Wyoming surrounded by amazing hills so we went sledding all the time.
My favorite memory was when we had a huge tire tube my dad got from the coal mine. We fit eight people on it and went down a huge hill. Of course we tumbled at the end and I swear that it probably broke my nose, leaving a huge bump that is still there today. I’ve lived in Salt Lake City for 18 years with my husband and now 3 children. I also blog about children’s books and activities at obSEUSSed.com.
- You'll need to sign a waiver available at the Cafe Yurt.
- Check out their "What you Need" on their website (above.)
- There is Fort Frosty (Just for Ages 1-6!)
- Mini-snowmobiles are for kids ages 6-12 with a weight limit of 110lbs.