Snow Tubing FAQs

Mt. Hoy Snow Tubing

Take a thrilling 800-foot ride down the Mount Hoy tubing hill at Blackwell Forest Preserve. It's open on weekends Dec. 3 - Feb. 26 (except Dec. 25) when there's plenty of snow (usually more than 3 inches). The hill will also be open Dec. 23, Dec. 27 – 30, Jan. 3 – 6, Jan. 9,  Jan. 16, and Feb. 20. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and rentals end at 3:30 p.m., although the hill may close early due to extreme cold or severe weather. Inner tube rentals are at the base of the hill and are $10 per tube per day. Pay with cash or credit card. Only District inner tubes are allowed.

Before heading out to the tubing hill, check the @dupageforest Facebook page to find out if it's open. You can also sign up to get text alerts when the tubing hill will be open by texting TUBING to 866-743-7332.The hill will be closed during active weather storms and, as a guideline, when the "real-feel temperature" is 10 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

COVID-19 may limit how many people are allowed on the hill at a time.

 

Snow Tubing FAQs

When is the hill open?
If conditions allow, the hill is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekends Dec. 3 – Feb. 26 (except Dec. 25). The hill will also be open Dec. 23, Dec. 27 – 30, Jan. 3 – 6, Jan. 9,  Jan. 16, and Feb. 20.

How can I know if it will be open this weekend?
Text TUBING to 866-743-7332 to receive a text message when the hill will be open.

Is there a phone number to speak with someone over the weekend?
No, there is no phone service at the hill. Questions can be directed to our Visitor Services office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 630-933-7248.

Do I need to be a DuPage County resident to rent a tube?
No, there is no residency requirement to rent a tube. 

Do you take credit cards?
Yes, we accept cash and credit cards.

Can I reserve a tube in advance?
No, all tube rental is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How much time do I get with the tube?
Rental fees cover the entire day's operation. If you leave and want to come back, save your receipt and you can get a tube again later in the same day based on availability. This does NOT mean you can jump the line in front of other patrons. It’s still first-come, first-served.

How can I know if the hill is crowded?
If you want to ensure that you don’t have to wait, we suggest you get to the hill when it opens or earlier.

Is there a minimum age or height requirement?
No, there are no minimum age or height requirements. You ride at your own risk and comfort level. Adults may ride on tubes with children under the age of 6.

Can I ride in a tube with my child?
Yes, if your child is 5 years old or younger.

Can older riders double up?
Tubes are for a single rider with the exception of small children. No doubles in the tubes, and chaining tubes together is not allowed.

Can I tube down other sides of the hill (take tube off-site) if the lines are too long?
No, rental tubes can only be used on the runs provided.

Can I use my own tube/sled/snowboard?
No, only Forest Preserve District-issued rental tubes are allowed.

Where can I tube or sled for free at Blackwell?
You can go anywhere that it is not posted otherwise at your own risk. There are many hills at Blackwell that lead to Silver Lake (which may not be frozen or have safe ice). 

Do you make your own snow?
No, Mother Nature makes our snow.

Where is Blackwell Forest Preserve?
Blackwell Forest Preserve is in Warrenville. The main entrance is on the north side of Butterfield Road 0.25 mile west of Winfield Road.

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