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 [R411R, 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.