Well, that was a fun morning. I'm not a great enthusiast for getting up at 5:30 am, but it was worth it today. My daughter's girl scout troop had arranged a trip to Ski Liberty, a ski resort about 75 miles north of here, just across the state line in Pennsylvania. We had tickets to use the snow tubing hill from 8 am til 10 am - it was a blast. The hill is shaped a lot like water park tube rides - here's a shot of my daughter on her way down the hill:
The inner tubes have a rope and handle - you can ride a lift up or walk (it was faster to walk after 9 am when the crowds started to arrive). You could also hook two, three, or more tubes together and go down as a group - here's a shot I took while I was in front and my daughter and a friend were in back - this was about 1/4th of the way down:
It was a fun trip, and I'd definitely enjoy doing it again. It was even worth going early - the temperature was rising as we left, and the runs wouldn't have been nearly as good with the temps above freezing.