Updated: Dec 28, 2019
BUFFALO CHUTES Teenage fashion goes right out the door when the temperatures are 4 degrees and the wind chill is -6 degrees. It was FREEZING! Our toes were NUMB! But boy did we have fun! If you ever want to feel like a kid again, hop on a tube and fly down one of the brand new chutes at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park. I screamed and laughed as I held on to the handle of my daughter’s tube and raced down the hill at what felt like 50 miles per hour. Well, perhaps that’s exaggerating a bit, but it was fast, and it was fun!
Positively pure entertainment to watch a group of teens giggle as they link their tubes together, negotiating who will go first and who will have their phone ready for the SnapChat video. I love that this activity is simple enjoyment that provides many laughs for kids as young as 4 years old; as well as, teens, twenties, thirties, and yes, me – much older than that! The little guys are welcome to share a larger tube with their parents and head down the hill together, while the older kids can link 3-4 friends together and make a train.
Even better, when you get to the bottom, you don’t even have to walk back up the hill. Simply, lay your stomach on the tube, grab the tow rope, lounge your way to the top, roll off and start again! It doesn’t get any better than that! And when the temperatures do get too chilly, you can take a break in the lodge and have a cup of hot chocolate or get something quick to eat.
This is quite possibly the perfect cure for cabin fever!
Overview A once snowboard exclusive facility, Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park just opened Buffalo Chutes to accommodate the snow tubing enthusiasts in all of us. Five distinct chutes of snow fun that range from slow to slick, smooth to bumpy for anyone ages 4 and up.
Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park 19-265 Western Avenue Algonquin, IL 60102 (847) 836-7243 www.RagingBuffalo.com
Tubing Hours: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday; Closed Tuesday/Wednesday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays.
Price $: Monday-Thursday $25 (2 hours); Friday-Sunday, Holidays $30 (2 hours); $20 for an additional 2 hours.
ABOUT THE WRITER Naperville mom Kristen Kucharski graduated from Illinois State University in 1992 with an International Business Degree. She is married and has two energetic daughters and her house is always full of children. Kristen’s column titled, Mom's Little Black Book, is a monthly feature written for moms who are looking for ways to keep their kids busy.
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