O-Zone Tube Park Expands to a New Location
The new Ozone Tube Park will be larger, with five lanes, and the lift will be a covered Magic Carpet.
After nearly two decades of serving visitors who wanted to do some snow sliding near the Alpine Lodge, the Ozone will be relocated to just behind the Learning Centre (the Bradley Building), Mount Washington Alpine Resort Director of Business Operations and Marketing Don Sharpe said. “That’s going to be the next exciting thing for the wintertime,” he said.
“You stand up next to the tubes on the Carpet on your way up,” Sharpe explained. “You get off at the top and tube down, then get back on the Carpet again.” This will bring to five the number of covered Magic Carpets at the Resort.
“The original tube park no longer has the capacity for all the people who want to use it,” Sharpe said. “Lineups are long and the lift is getting old and tired. The next lift will be brand new and will be more comfortable for people lining up,” he added.
The vertical pitch will be steeper at the beginning with a longer runout, which will eliminate the need for hay bales at the end. “It’s more in line with what today’s tube parks are like,” Sharpe said.
The new Ozone will still be lit at night, will have music playing in the background and will continue to have a family atmosphere.
Moving the Tubing Park is considered Phase 2 of Easy Acres. Some of the groundwork for moving the tube park was done last year, when Easy Acres was reconfigured and the original Magic Carpets were installed.
The old tubing park will be converted into a new ski run, Sharpe said. The move will divert foot traffic so tubers aren’t crossing any ski runs. “At just under $1 million, this is the first major investment the Resort has undertaken in two years,” Sharpe said. “I think it’s going to be a really good move.”