They like to say fun is serious business at Soda Springs, and they're not kidding.

The little resort than can has a couple of chairlifts and 16 relatively short runs that cater to intermediate and better skiers and snowboarders. But it's at the base where Soda Springs really comes into its own.

That's where you'll find California's largest snow-tubing complex, just down the road from its sister resort of Boreal.

Tube Town, as it's called, is geared for adults and kids at least 42 inches tall. A new 320-foot moving carpet -- think of a walking people-mover at an airport - hauls people and their tubes up the hill in no time. A large number of tubing lanes means no waiting in lines.

Plus, the $20 all-day rate won't put too much pressure on your pocketbook.

It's the youngsters who really score at Soda Springs., even though adults and bigger kids have a nice winter playground.

Children under 42 inches tall can play in an enclosed arena all their own at Planet Kids. The facility has two tubing carousels, a tubing lane, a moving uphill carpet for those just learning to ski and/or snowboard and, for kids, 6 to 12 years old, a mini-snowmobile track.

The tubing sessions are $25 all day and the mini-snowmobile rides are $10 for 10 laps.