Wausau Wisconsin


January 18, 2019

Sylvan Tubing & Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing at Sylvan Hill

Update December 28, 10:30am:  Due to the recent warm weather and rain the Sylvan Hill Tubing Hill will be closed for the 1:30pm-5:00pm session today, Dec. 28, 2018. The tubing hill will be open for the 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm session tonight December 28, 2018.

Normal session times will resume during the School Winter Break. December 28 from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm., December 29 from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. December 30, 31 and January 1 the tubing hill will be open from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm only.  


Tubing Season: The tubing hill is open for the season.  
Saturday, December 15, 2018 to March 3, 2019. (weather and snow conditions permitting).                              

Address: 1329 Sylvan Street, Wausau WI  54403  

Regular Season Schedule: Dec. 15 to March 3, 2019 Fridays 6 to 9:30 PM    Saturdays   1:30 to 5 PM or 6 to 9:30 PM (2 sessions)      Sundays 1:30 to 5 PM (closed @ 5 PM for private rentals). 

Holiday Season Schedule:
Friday Dec. 21      6 - 9:30 pm (1 session)
Saturday Dec. 22 1:30 - 5pm and 6 - 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Sunday Dec. 23   1:30 - 5pm (1 session)
Monday Dec. 24   1:30 - 5pm (1 session) 
Tuesday Dec. 25  CLOSED
Wed., Dec, 26      1:30 pm- 5pm and 6 - 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Thursday Dec. 27 1:30pm - 5pm and 6 - 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Friday Dec. 28      1:30pm - 5pm and 6 - 9:30pm (2 sessions)
Saturday, Dec. 29 1:30pm - 5pm and 6 - 9:30 pm (2 sessions)
Sunday Dec. 30    1:30 - 5pm (1 session)
Monday Dec. 31    1:30 - 5pm (1 session)
Tuesday Jan. 1      1:30 - 5pm (1 session) 


- If you interested in being a tow operator at the hill, check out this flyer

2018-2019 Public Tubing Fees:$9.50/session - Adult (14 and older)$7.00/session - Child (42" to 13 yrs old); must be 42" to ride a tube.  No riding double on tubes. Children less than 42 inches tall are not allowed to ride alone in a tube or to ride in the lap of an adult.
Group Rates (Available at Sylvan Hill and the Park Office:
group of 4 Youth/$26.50/session
group of 4 Adult/$36.00/session
group of 8 Youth/$51.75/session
group of 8 Adult/$70.00 session
group of 12 Youth/$77.00/session
group of 12 Adult/$104.50/session

Tubing Coupons:  Coupons worth $7.00 or $9.50 for a free future tubing outing can be purchased at the Park Office or Sylvan Hill.  Makes a great gift idea.

**Credit cards are accepted at the tubing hill admissions counter**

Snow tubing at Sylvan Hill


Public Tubing Hours:Fridays: 6 pm to 9:30 pm (1 session only )Saturdays: 1:30 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 9:30 pm (2 sessions)Sundays: 1:30 pm to 5 pm (1 session only)

For more information when Sylvan Tubing Hill is open during the regular tubing season and to check on daily conditions during the tubing season call Sylvan Tubing Hill at 715.573.2424.  The Park Office may also be reached at 715.261.1550 weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

If parking lot is full of cars, there may be long lines and waits in between tubing runs.  If one tow is closed there could also be long waits in line.  Call ahead at the Sylvan Chalet at 715.573.2424 for up to date information.


                                        Sylvan Snow Tube Wire Tow

Sylvan Tubing policies:

• A minimum height restriction of 42” in order to tube. The height restriction ensures that tubers are of sufficient size to quickly exit the tubes and the landing area, thereby reducing potential collisions.

• No riding double on tubes. Multiple riders on the same tube may be at risk of impacting with other riders in the same tube. This includes holding small children on one’s lap.

In addition to the tubing hill, the park includes a large chalet with fireplace and a snack bar.  Below is the 2018-2019 Concession Menu:

Chips/Candy/Granola Bars  $1.75 Hot Pretzel $2.75 Coffee/Cider $1.00
PopCorn (Buy one-get one free on Fridays) $1.00 Mac & Cheese $1.75 Apple Juice $3.00
Nacho Grande (Sat. only) $4.25 Extra Cheese .75 Soda $2.50
Hot Dog $1.75 Chili Dog $2.75 Water $1.50
Nachos $3.00 Chili Nachos $3.75 Power Aide $3.00
Pizza - Whole $7.00 Pizza Slice $2.50 Big Cookie $2.00
Hot Chocalate $1.00 Hot Tea $1.00 Value Meal (hot dog or mac & cheese,chips or granola bar and beverage,excluding Power Aide) $5.50


Contact the Park Office at 715.261.1550 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for more information.Carry-Ins During Public Tubing:The lower level of the Chalet has been remodeled for carry-in use. All foods, snacks and or/beverages not purchased at the chalet must be stored and eaten on the lower level. Infant formula and personal water bottles are not included in this restriction. The only foods, snacks or beverages allowed on the main floor of the Chalet are those items that have been purchased at the Sylvan Chalet snack bar. Space is limited in the entire building; tables cannot be "saved" or "reserved" and are open for use any time they are not occupied. Sylvan snack bar serves pizza, nachos, soft pretzels and pre-packaged foods and hot and cold beverages.

Sylvan Hill Park is home to the Wausau areas only TUBING HILL!! The hill offers SIX great rides down and TWO wire tows to pull you back up the hill. Bring your family and friends to try out Wausau's best winter recreation opportunity.  (Site Map)

The west hill has a vertical drop of 133 feet.  The east hill has a vertical drop of 120 feet.

Location: 1329 Sylvan Street, Wausau.  From I39/US51 North, go east on Bridge Street through Wausau, to left (north) on 6th Street to right (northeast) on Horseshoe Spring Road to right (east) on Sylvan Street to park.


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For safety reasons, you are required to use tubes provided by Sylvan Hill. The hill will be open daily during the Wausau School District Winter Recess (December 21 weather permitting through January 1, closed December 25) and on weekends through March 3, 2019 (weather permitting).

Public Tubing Fees:$9.50/session - Adult (14 and older) $7.00/session - Child (42" to 13 yrs old); must be 42" to ride a tube.  No riding double on tubes. Children less than 42 inches tall are not allowed to ride alone in a tube or to ride in the lap of an adult.

PRIVATE TUBING RENTALS:  General Information:The tubing hill may be rented by groups during non-public tubing hours from January 2, 2019 through March 3, 2019.  Why not rent the Tubing Hill for your friends, family, co-workers, church, or school event?

Tubing operators, snow tubes, and use of the heated chalet are provided for each rental at no additional charge. Food service can be scheduled through the Chalet snack bar if you expect 60 or more patrons during your event.  Catering is also welcome, however, there is no access to utilize the kitchen area due to the snack bar operation that is setup for the season.

Print, complete, and submit a tubing contract found here.  We require a minimum of 8 calendar days advance notice ahead of your scheduled tubing date in order to schedule hill staff for your event:

Fees:Tow operators, use of snow tubes, and a heated chalet are included with the rental fees.  There are two wire tows, each serving their own 3-run slope.

Group size up to 150: One tow will operate for all groups up to 150 people in size.  Renter may choose which tow they would like to use.  Tow #1 is three straight runs.  Tow #2 is three curvy runs.  Actual headcount of participating youth and adult is taken during the event and the total fee is calculated using $7.50 per youth (42" to 13 yrs old) and $10.00 per adult (14 and older in age).  The minimum fee is $450.  The $105.50 deposit is applied to the minimum $450 or the calculated total fee, whichever is greater.  Renter pays the difference.

Group Size up to 150/1 Tow Operates  

Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays (Jan 2 - Mar 1, 2019)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays (Jan 2 - Mar 3, 2019)

11:30am - 2pm

6 - 9:30pm

Call Park Office at 715.261.1550 to check availability.  

Group size greater than 150: Both tows will operate.  Actual headcount of participting youth and adult is taken during the event and the total fee is calculated using $7.50 per youth (42" to 13 yrs old) and $10.00 per adult (14 and older in age).  The minimum fee is $750.  The $105.50 deposit is applied to the minimum $750 or the calculated total fee, whichever is greater.  Renter pays the difference..

Group Size Greater than 150/2 Tows Operate  

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (Jan 2 - Jan 18, 2019)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (Jan 2 - Jan 18, 2019)

Sundays (Jan 6 - Mar 3, 2019)

11:30am - 2pm

6 - 9:30pm

6 - 9:30pm

Call Park Office at 715.261.1550 to check availability.  


How to make a reservation:To check on availability for a private tubing party contact the Park Administrative Office at 715.261.1550.  To reserve the tubing hill you must complete and return a signed tubing hill rental agreement along with a deposit of $105.50.  Availability can be checked over the phone, however, tubing dates will not be held over the phone.  The first completed tubing agreement and deposit received reserves the tubing hill for that date/time. Rental contracts must be completed at least 8 calendar days in advance of any rental.

Cancellation Policies:The Park Department reserves the right to cancel a private rental.  If the Park Department cancels a private rental, all deposits paid to date will be refunded.  Private rentals are typically cancelled by the department because of poor snow coverage or unsafe conditions on the hill or tow paths, or because of a mechanical failure of the tows or in the chalet that can not be repaired prior to the start of the rental.  If the Park Department cancels a rental, the group will have the option of rescheduling their event in the current season, as open dates and times allow, or receiving a full refund of all fees paid to date.

Cancellations of scheduled private tubing parties by the user will result in the entire $105.50 deposit forfeited.  Cancellations made the day of the event, for any reason (including cold temperatures), will result in the entire $105.50 deposit forfeited.  No rescheduling of event is allowed on the event date.

If the private group cancels one day or more before the event date, they have the option to reschedule the event date one time at no charge within the current season.  If event date can not be rescheduled during the current season, the above mentioned forfeitures will apply.

Cross Country Skiing at Sylvan Hill Park
Sylvan Hill ski trails are closed for the season.
There is also a 3.7 km cross country ski trail system (Single track and a skating lane) and a 1.3 km snowshoe trail system within Sylvan Hill Park. Trails will be periodically groomed throughout the ski season.  

Map of ski and snowshoe trails

Link to Nine Mile Ski trails