Winter adventure in Winnipeg

Aubrey Barber and daughter Gabrielle, 10, ride downhill on a tube during a sneak peak at the...

Aubrey Barber and daughter Gabrielle, 10, ride downhill on a tube during a sneak peak at the Adrenalin Adventures tube slide just west of Winnipeg. (Marcel Cretain/QMI Agency)

ROSS ROMANIUK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 PM ET

Where better to experience a rush of winter fun than in Winnipeg, where a new Adrenaline Adventures recreation park has opened a multi-lance tubing hill.

"It's just fun," developer and owner Jason Rohs said recently of the tubing hill, which has eight lanes carved into the snow at the park along the west Perimeter Highway. "It's a rush. You get butterflies -- just the sensation of not knowing where you're going, because you'll get spun around sometimes."

The hill is the first phase of an all-season development for the park. Rohs expects to have put about $5 million into Adrenaline Adventures once it's eventually complete with a wakeboard cable lake, beach, rock-climbing wall and zip lines. But for now, the 30-metre-wide hill -- complete with tow rope to the top of the 106-metre tubing runs -- appears to be a good start.

"The tow rope is amazing," Rohs added. "It allows people to just relax and enjoy the down-run of the tubing hill instead of having to worry about the walk up."

Through the winter, the park will operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on week nights. Adult tubing is $9 per hour, $18 for two hours and $25 for the day. Children 12 and under pay $6, $10 and $18. Spectators get in free. Tubes are provided.

Rohs says work on the wakeboard cable park and a clubhouse will start soon.

"They're all going to be ready to go at hopefully the same time, which will be mid-May," Rohs said. "We're going to start installation of the wakeboard cable system, as well as a ropes course, sometime in the middle to the end of March."

ross.romaniuk@sunmedia.ca


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