Owners of RainDance National open tubing hill, terrain park and ski school near Windsor
Tyler Lind, his brother Austin and his father Martin have been growing a three-season empire in northern Colorado for decades centered around the golf courses and residential communities built around RainDance National and Pelican Lakes Golf Course near Windsor.
Now, they are bringing their business to the winter months as well.
On Jan. 27 their new tubing, ski and wintertime destination, Hoedown Hill, celebrates is grand opening situated on the grounds of RainDance.
The facility is modeled after Sharktooth Ski and Tubing Hill, which was in operation outside of Greeley from 1971 to 1986. Tyler Lind said his father Martin grew up going to Sharktown and believes the front range is ready for its own snow destination.
They also visited West Virginia ski hill Snowshow Mountain. If someone could have a thriving ski resort built into a valley that can only be reached by a multi-hour drive through forests, Tyler Lind said, they figured an affordable winter-fun complex could succeed here.
And so Hoedown Hill was born. The Water Valley Company landscaped a new hill, built a terrain park and a 1,200-foot long, 10-lane tubing slide. They are working with partners to offer ski lessons and training, with their most aggressive hill a Colorado blue.
But that’s the point of Hoedown Hill. Its close – an hour north of Denver and 30 minutes from downtown Fort Collins and Greeley. It’s rates are low compared with any big-mountain ski hill. And for people learning to ski or just wanting some snow fun without a drive into the mountains, it is ready.
“We saw it as a huge opportunity,” Tyler Lind said.
The ski portion of the complex is geared not for backcountry bangers, but for folks who want to learn or just get better.
“If you’re a big-mountain skier it probably won’t be the weekend decision to come here; but what we do offer is the ability to get off work, drive to the hill, and work on your technique,” he said.
They feature a five-step learn-to-ski curriculum that participants can take at their own pace, run by partners Snow Schoolers. The tubing complex was created by SNOW Operating, LLC, and the terrain park created by Effective Edge. The project’s development team was led by Austin Lind and Garrett Scallon.
Tubing starts at $35 for two hours and skiing at $35 for sessions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hoedown hill is open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information: Hoedownhill.com
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