Mammoth Mountain takes over tube park

Sledz is deadz.

Long live Woolly’s Adventure Summit and the Kids’ Carousel.

Mammoth Mountain snapped up the enterprise from a private owner during the off-season. While the transaction still is in escrow, the ski area is moving ahead with its plans.

The on-again, off-again tubing hill, situated on the right just off Route 203 on the way to Mammoth Mountain, now will be a part of the ski area’s continuing moves toward family-oriented snowplay, according to Mammoth spokesperson Joani Lynch.

It is scheduled for a mid-December opening, and this week piles of dirt and debris were evidence that something big was going on.

Oddly the “Sledz” sign was still up along the highway this week, faded and in disrepair.

Mike Colbert, Lynch said, will lead the enterprise. Colbert oversees Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures and is the director of the Mammoth Motocross.

It will feature four tubing hills, a lift and a new innovation: a kind of carousel for the wee tots.
Lynch said tubes would be fastened to a slowly rotating contraption that will take the kids in a circle.
Pricing and hours had not been set as of mid-week, Lynch said.

The move is likely to help solve one of Mammoth’s great conundrums, namely, how is it that a ski town has nowhere to get a great sledding or tubing experience?

Kids currently use a hill situated on Minaret Road near its intersection with Lake Mary Road, but it is ungroomed and short. Others use a hill off the Mammoth Scenic Loop.

Both of them have advantages, however, that Woolly’s will not have:

They’re free.