Snowtubing in Ontario

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This kind of tubing is almost always performed on a hill or slope, using gravity to propel the rider to the bottom of the grade. The rider will then often return to the top of the slope with his or her tube and repeat the process. The low amount of friction between most tubes and snow allows tubers to reach considerable speeds while riding, especially on steep slopes.

Because of the circular shape of snow tubes, controlling the course and speed of a tube while riding on snow is extremely difficult. While a sled rider can drag his or her arms on the snow to brake or steer to a degree, attempting this on a tube will often simply cause the tube to spin.

This lack of control has led to injuries, some serious, when riders have struck obstacles such as trees while tubing on snow.

Some ski resorts offer courses devoted solely to tubing. Such courses often have slopes or barriers on the periphery to guide the tubes along a safe course. Motorized pulley towlines are often used to tow riders and their tube back to the top of the course after riding to the bottom.

Additionally, it is possible to tow a tube through the snow behind a snowmobile.

This is similar to towed tubing on water, only the watercraft is replaced by a snowmobile and the water with snow-covered ground.
Above information from Wikipedia.org

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