Up the adrenaline of your trip with snow rafting or tubing. While sledding only allows you to go as fast as gravity will allow, snow rafting has the added thrill of being pulled by a snowmobile. Sit down and enjoy the ride as you slip, slide and whip down the mountain. Or ride in a slender, inflated tube called a snow banana for a similarly thrilling experience.
Try snow tubing or air boarding for a downhill experience faster than normal sledding. Sit in a donut-shaped inner tube or ride head-first on the surfboard-like, inflated air board and enjoy the wind in your face as you careen down the hill. Some mountains offer tubing pulled by snowmobiles as well.
Many major resorts offer snow rafting equipment and tours, including Skijam Katsuyama in Fukui Prefecture and Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido. An expert snowmobile driver will give you and your companions a ride across the slopes for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Snow rafting is open to kids and adults of all ages. Snow tubing and air boarding are also kid-friendly.