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Gateway Parks Is Your Non-Stop Tubing Hill That Always Has The Snow

Last updated November 30, 2021 by Mariah Hebbeln

Located at Eagle Island State Park, Gateway Parks is the perfect spot for all-day tubing. The snow is falling daily at Gateway Parks and every day you can bomb down one of their five professionally groomed tubing hills. Rain or shine, you can enjoy the slopes, but there’s so much more happening at Gateway Parks this winter.

Keep reading to see what Gateway Parks has in store for the 2021/22 tubing season!

First Step: Make a Reservation

Gateway Parks thrives on reservations. This gauges how busy they will be in the coming days or weeks. It also helps customers feel assured that their time at the park won’t be overcrowded.

At times, you could pop in and start tubing, but there is no guarantee that there will be an opening when you do. To avoid any missed opportunity to tube, your best move is to book your tickets as far in advance as possible!

Once you find a day that you would like to go tubing, you can book specific time slots.

Sessions at Gateway Parks:

9:00AM – 10:30AM (Twilight)

10:45AM – 12:15PM

12:30PM – 2:00PM

2:15PM – 3:45PM

4:00PM – 5:30PM

5:45PM – 7:15PM

7:30PM – 9:00PM (Twilight)

Click the link below to find times and tickets for your visit to Gateway Parks:

Tickets & Season Passes

Hours for Gateway Parks:

Weekdays 10:30 am - 9 pm

Weekends 9 am - 9 pm

Winter break hours 9 am - 9 pm

Snow machine running at Gateway Parks

Photo Credit: Gateway Parks

There Is Always Snow At Gateway Parks

You might be wondering how Gateway Parks can keep their runs groomed and maintain a sledable level of snow on their grounds. With the average snowfall in Boise being around 18 inches per year - excluding Snowmageddon - most Treasure Valley residents need to leave town to have snowy adventures. Thanks to the top-of-the-line snow machines at Gateway Parks, they never need to rely on nature to make the snow. Instead, they pump water from the nearby lake to produce fresh snow daily.

Fun fact about the manufactured snow: Your tube can slide down quicker on man-made snow than on naturally fallen snow! This is possible because the machines can create their snow at night where it can set in time for the first runs of the next day. The manufactured snow is almost completely indiscernible to naturally made snow other than the improved speed of snow. Rainfall can also help make the tubing runs slicker, making those some of the BEST days to go.

If you’re looking for a safe, fun, and nearby spot to sled some snow, the snow machines make Gateway Parks the only reliable tubing hill in the Treasure Valley!

Child playing in the snow at Gateway Parks

Photo Credit: Gateway Parks

Snowboard park at Gateway Parks

Photo Credit: Gateway Parks

What You Will Find At Gateway Parks

There’s something for everyone at Gateway Parks. You aren’t going to want to leave the fun once you have your tube in hand, and Gateway Parks has made sure you never have to.


The price of your ticket includes entry to the tubing hill along with the sled of your choice. Those who would like to watch are welcomed for free and are not required to buy a ticket to be in the park. Children 2 and under can also tube for free!

Here’s the breakdown of prices, packages, and discounts for Gateway Parks:

Twilight tubing $20

Regular tubing $25

Season Pass $159

Early bird season pass (before October 15th) $129

Park entrance fee: $7 per car (can be purchased at checkout or paid with cash at the park. Idaho state parks passport holders are exempt.)

Group Discounts:

Military, law enforcement, EMS, and healthcare workers 20% discount enter code: military

Seniors 65+ 15% discount enter code: senior

Groups of 10 or more 10% off automatically applied at checkout

Groups of 20 or more 15% off 20% automatically applied at checkout

*group discounts are not available December 18th - January 2nd (Winter break)

On the Gateway Park grounds, a terrain park can also be found. Here, visitors can ride their skis or snowboards for free in the specified area. If you have a young child looking to learn or perfect their downhill skills, this is the perfect place to practice! Gateway Parks recommends renting or purchasing discount gear from Play It Again Sports or Greenwoods Ski Haus.

Learn more about Play It Again Sports here:

Easily Accessible At Play It Again Sports

Have the Best Winter Season with Play It Again Sports

Drinks, Snacks, and Donuts

If you need a pick me up, the park has made sure you can have a bite in a snap! This year, their concession stand will be stocked with two different hot foods, snacks, candies, and toasty hot chocolate and coffee to help you stay warm.

On the weekends, Murphys Mini Donuts truck will be on the park campus to serve up hot, fresh donuts, perfect to hit that sweet tooth craving and give you a boost of energy!

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sitting by a Christmas Tree | Gateway Parks

Photo Credit: Gateway Parks

Meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus

From opening weekend through December 19th, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be found at Gateway Parks! This year, families and kids can come and meet the jolly couple, tell Santa what they want for Christmas, and have their picture taken for FREE!

It’s the perfect stop to have some winter fun and get your family Christmas photo taken.

Learn More About Gateway Parks

Totally Boise is a big fan of Gateway Parks and we’re excited to write about their amazing park for another winter feature. You can read more about the park and why we love them at the link below!

Be sure to tag @totallyboise and #totallyboise with any pictures you take while having a blast at Gateway Parks!

Gateway Parks Ultimate Tubing Experience




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