Gorgoza’s conveyor lift is a vast improvement on the glove-shredding rope tow I used as a kid at my hometown sledding hill.  

I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan where as a preteen the local sledding hill was the center of my social universe. A dilapidated warming hut, ice skating/hockey/broomball rink (VERY Midwestern) and rope tow-served sledding hill were the extent of services there—definitely no frills.

I think why I have such fond memories of the place is because the focus at the sledding hill was on activities requiring absolutely no skill. I’ve found that same communal, family-friendly vibe here in Utah at Gorgoza Park.

Gorgoza’s lift-served, lighted tubing hill includes three beginner and four advanced lanes. All tubers ride a 390-foot conveyor lift to the top of the beginner lanes. A handle tow takes big kids and adults to the top of the long, advanced lanes. Gorgoza’s operations also include a miniature snowmobile track, the Fort Frosty play area and a beginner “bunny” ski slope for little kids.

Gorgoza’s conveyor lift is a vast improvement on the glove-shredding rope tow I used as a kid at my hometown sledding hill.  

My family and I headed up to Gorgoza one Friday afternoon a few weeks ago. Our kids were absolutely giddy as we drove up I-80 to the tubing hill and when we popped out of the inversion into the sunshine, I was too. We rode the lifts from twilight until after the sun went down, whizzing down the long, advanced lanes all together, two-by-two and individually for a family tubing race smack down. We ended the evening with hot chocolate in one of the cozy yurts before heading back down to the valley.

The attendants at the top of the tubing lanes at Gorgoza happily help tubers link up for a group ride.

Gorgoza is open on weekends from noon to 8 p.m. and Monday through Friday, 1 to 8 p.m. To get there, take Jeremy Ranch exit (#141) off Interstate 80 and proceed to 3863 West Kilby Road (frontage road on south side of the freeway). Check out gorgoza.com for rates and more information.

Another tubing hill a bit further afield from Park City is at Soldier Hollow in nearby Midway, featuring lengthy 1,200-foot lift-served sliding lanes. Groomed cross-country ski trails—both classic and skate skiing—and a biathlon course are other activities available at Solider Hollow, which was site of all 2002 Olympic Winter Games cross-country ski events.

To get there, take I-80 East to Silver Creek Junction (exit 146). Go east on U.S. 40 past Jordanelle Reservoir toward Heber City. Take a right turn on State Road 113 (100 South) to Midway. Take a left on 113 in Midway, and travel two miles. Turn right just before the railroad tracks and follow signs to Soldier Hollow. For more info, visit soldierhollow.com.

Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog is utahvagabond.com.