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A winter ‘getaway’

Tubing an escape from the doldrums that are cabin fever

Posted: February 25, 2011 - 11:19pm
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Joe Kolar (right) was at the head of the string of snow tubers being towed up the hill, only to go hurdling back down moments later.  Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey
Joe Kolar (right) was at the head of the string of snow tubers being towed up the hill, only to go hurdling back down moments later.

In the land of 10,000 frozen lakes, cabin fever is a malady difficult to avoid. To keep from going stir crazy it’s essential to leave the warmth of home every once in a while and breathe that fresh frigid air. One option for winter adventure seekers is the Primetime in Breezy Point, where a tubing hill has been open since 2000. 

 

Tubing is an amped-up version of sledding in the back yard. A tow rope is available to grab onto for a ride to the top of an 880-foot hill. At the top comes a choice — left or right run. Then an exhilarating ride down a steep incline with the wind whipping by your face. And finally, the stop at the bottom, which is facilitated by straw and another incline in the other direction to decrease velocity.

And, after an invigorating time outdoors working off those winter doldrums, a chalet downstairs is open to serve refreshments.

The tubing hill at Primetime opens around mid-December and usually runs through the second week of March — although it will stay open later if weather permits. Time on the hill is sold in two-hour increments.

More information is available by going to primetimemn.com/snowtubing.php.