Have you been to Snow Mountain Ga? We love tubing and playing in the snow at Snow Mountain within Stone Mountain Park, where every day is a snow day. You don’t have to wait for mother nature to enjoy some wintertime fun.
Snow Mountain Ga is especially fun for younger kids or those who have never seen snow. It’s a winter wonderland just minutes from downtown Atlanta that is perfect for Southerners who don’t normally get to play in the snow. There are lots of different activities from tubing to building snowmen to s’mores. Plus one tip you don’t want to miss.
Snow Mountain Ga Tubing Fun
Snow Mountain opens for the 2018-19 season on November 17, 2018 and will run through February 24, 2019. Choose the ticket option that works best for your day. Standard tickets to Snow Mountain Ga are sold on a timed basis. The time reflects your two hour access to the snow tubing, but the other attractions, including the snow play area are open all day. There are also all day access passes where you can tube all day or pair your snow day with Stone Mountain Christmas.
It’s a good idea to reserve your tickets online prior to going. Only a limited number of tickets are available for each session. They can, and do sell out. In addition, there is a kiosk for reserved tickets, so you won’t have to wait in the ticket booth line. If you want to avoid crowds, Fridays are a best bet, also the first and last session times each day.
It may go without saying, but dress warmly and wear waterproof clothing – not water resistant. We went on a warm day, but even then, the snow is cold and wet. Winter activities are never fun when you are wet and cold. Here’s the lowdown on activities and some suggestions too. Feel free to add your own experiences and thoughts.
Galactic Snow Tubing
One of the latest additions to the Snow Mountain experience is Galactic Snow Tubing! Nighttime tubers are immersed in an environment of great music, laser beams overhead and high powered LED lights programmed to react to the bass of the music. Time slots begin after 6pm! Race down the snow hill by yourself, with a friend, or with your whole family in a variety of tube sizes.
If you purchased a timed ticket, the time on your ticket is for the tubing. We went from 1 – 3 pm and found the last 15 minutes of every hour the line got a lot shorter. Every hour a new group comes on the mountain and another goes off, plus those hitting their second hour may decide to head to the play area or Avalanche Alley. This transition time is the best time to get in a few quicker runs. We also found the magic carpet on the left moved faster, but I can’t guarantee that on your visit. But it doesn’t really make a difference, we only waited about 10 minutes in line before tubing and easily went 5 – 6 times in our two hours.
There are 10 runs, and the staff is pretty efficient, so the lines move. I was told the runs are slowest during mid-day, when the sun is at full strength. If you’re going for speed, go early in the morning or late in the evening when the shade covers the hill. Children must be 46 inches tall and able to ride in their own tube, they cannot sit on your lap.
This is the family tubing run. Over the years, they’ve perfected the system for this and I actually like it more than the single tubes. It’s fun to go down with the group and I think it’s a tiny bit faster. Children must be 36 inches tall to ride.
You’ll find a snow packed winter wonderland full of activity here. My 6-year-old loved the snowball targets and the 11-year-old liked the blowing snow. I enjoyed looking at all the different snowmen and loved the snowman closet where you can grab everything you need for snowy fun including fort molds, buckets, shovels, hats, scarfs, wigs and eyes . I was impressed with the creativity in the Snow Zone. A few girls were topping an inherited snow fort with a scarf roof, and the snowmen were as varied as the guests.
This is a mini tube run for the younger set. Perfect if you have young children who aren’t ready for the larger runs, as the maximum height is 54 inches. There are also tunnels in Fort Snow to crawl through.
This area is for the littlest snow babies and offers a slight hill for sledding. The maximum height here is 42 inches.
Snodeck and SnoFire
Winter fun can make you hungry. There is a cable car called Snodeck where you can get hot dogs or snacks, or roast a marshmallow at the SnoFire. Smore kits are $5 (fixings for 3 smores), marshmallows for $3 (about 10) and hot chocolate for $3 or $4 for the deluxe version with whipped cream.
Not only does a Snow Mountain ticket allow you to experience lots of outdoor fun, the ticket is also good for the Stone Mountain Christmas (through Jan. 3), Summit Skyride, The Polar Express in 4-D, all the holiday shows, and the Memorial Hall Museum. All great places to get out of the cold or take a break from the snow.
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