Tubing and Skiing around Louisville
Where to go skiing near Louisville, Paoli Peaks or Perfect North?
Hit the Slopes! Skiing and tubing are both a lot of fun in the winter and a great way to stay active!
Although there’s no skiing in Louisville, there is skiing near Louisville. And, for those who don’t ski, there’s tubing. Louisville families can head to these slopes for a day of active fun and wonderful memory-making.
When considering Paoli Peaks and Perfect North, they both offer a family-friendly environment that you will love. Included are some tips from a mom that understands that cost is always a question. Going to the slopes for the day is sure to make life-long memories for you and your kids.
One reader said about tubing near Louisville “Perfect North was a really fun place to have a great time with friends and family. Makes everyone feel like a kid again!”
Another readers say “We had an amazing time. The staff were super helpful in the facilities and on the slopes.”
Perfect North is opening for the 2023-2024 season on December 2 for skiing. Snow tubing opened 12/22/23. You need to check their Facebook page for updates on opening dates and if they close for any other weather-related issues throughout the season. They keep their website up-to-date for snow tubing. Visit perfectnorth.com/bonus-days for details about hitting the slopes with great pricing on lift tickets and snow tubing tickets. You can always check the snow report for updates too.
We went to Perfect North on 12/29/20 and it was packed. We never made it in. There was a 1-2 hour wait just to get in and then a backlog of people trying to tube. It would not have been worth the money to wait that long. It probably gets crowded but this kind of crowd was likely unique due to it being the year of the pandemic and it was one of the few things people could do.
You can try looking at the cameras to see when it lightens up before heading out. But, given the almost 2 hour drive, the volume of people there can change at any time. We believe 2023-2024 will be a less packed because people do have other things they can do than the year we went!
Paoli Peaks has not yet announced opening day (as of 11/30/23) In recent years, reservations have been required.
So, what is the difference between these two places??
1. They both cost around the same for the day, weekdays are cheaper than weekends. It’s around $80.00 per person for a ski lift and rentals (prices subject to change). This price includes lessons for your children, just be mindful of the time difference. We missed out on the lessons due to the time difference last year! (Perfect North operates on Eastern Time, Paoli Peaks on Central Time). For 2023, Perfect North has some “bonus days” when prices are less expensive.
2. If you have family that cannot or will not ski, you can see your family coming down the slopes at Perfect North, they have a lodge located at the bottom of the hills (perfect for someone that wants to watch and not ski).
At Paoli Peaks, the lodge is at the top of the hill, so you don’t have as much of a view as a spectator.
3. Both Perfect North and Paoli Peaks have a comfortable ski lodge with a wood burning fireplace for your enjoyment, many folks sit by the fire and enjoy a good book while their family skis.
4. Food is about the same at both facilities, I totally recommend you pack a lunch and some hot chocolate for your family to enjoy. The cafeterias are fine but very expensive! We say focus on just the tubing near Louisville.
5. Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North offer free lessons to children that are with a paying adult!
6. Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North offer discount tickets for children 12 and under.
7. If you want to give snow boarding a try, Paoli Peaks and Perfect North have snow board rentals which are also included in the price of ski rentals for the day.
8. If you don’t want to ski, both facilities have SNOW TUBING NEAR LOUISVILLE! Everyone LOVES this and it’s so much great exercise. At Paoli Peaks, they offer a discount on the next day to stay over to snow tube and ski. Perfect North has tubing seven days a week. Paoli Peaks typically has fewer days open during the week.
8. Both Paoli Peaks and Perfect North have affordable overnight options; check out some of these cabins that are really close to the slopes.
9. Both facilities have a gift shop for you to purchase snow bibs, jackets, snow goggles and more……just in case you forgot anything you may need for the day.
10. Tips: Remember to bring extra gloves. Falling makes wet gloves! You will need to replace them with dry ones throughout the day. Layer up for tubing near Louisville! Make sure you wear water-proof clothes and a snow hat. Bring a change of cloths for the end of the day to head back home.
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