Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Moving right along

Tubing slide will be relocated during 2020 Ice Festival  

Crowds looking for the Tubing Run at the Plymouth Ice Festival this year will not find it at the usual location on Ann Arbor Trail.
This year, the popular attraction has been moved to Main Street near Ann Arbor Trail and obviously, won't be hard to spot.  While only about 10-feet high, the amusement looks much taller according to Josh and Melissa Zian of Clarkston who bring the structure to the Plymouth Ice Festival. The slide provides about 100 feet of sliding fun, they said.
“We do it because it's fun. We just developed it. You can do it year round. You don't need snow,” explained Josh Zian.
“It looks bigger because we have sides on it,” he said of the ride, noting it's used “like a ski resort” with inner tubes.

“We just created the slide for fun. We were invited by Plymouth to come out and enjoy the time,” he added.
This is the third year the slide has been available for fun-seekers and again this year the slide will have lights along with rollers on the slide which will add little “hills” or “bumps” rather than being a flat ride down the expanse.
“It adds more excitement to the ride,” Zian said.  The couple does a number of other events with the slide, including in summertime when lights aren't needed.
The couple said they enjoy the community events. Josh Zian's Z Innovations is a family owned and operated business bringing snow sports to the region since 2007.
“Our setup provides users the ability to ski, snowboard and snow tube. Bringing the mountain to you ... no real snow necessary,” is the claim on the company website.
The Tubing Slide is sponsored by DTE Energy Foundation and will be open from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.