Best snow tubing for kids
Windham Mountain Adventure Park
3hrs by car
Windham Mountain Resort may be known for its stellar skiing, but it’s worth a visit just for the kid-friendly Adventure Park. There are six lanes of snow tubing available with a brand new conveyor lift, so you’ll rocket down 650 feet of snow-covered slope without too much of a wait. Canvas covered tubes keep things super bouncy (hold on!) during the ride, so if your kids are scared to zoom down by themselves, you can strap up to six tubes together for a group run. Other exciting activities include a zip line, ice skating and kids’ snowmobiling, and there's a cafe to grab hot chocolate if you so desire. 19 Resort Dr, Windham, NY (800-754-9463, windhammountain.com) Two-hour session $20. Four-hour session $25, Friday night special 5pm–8pm $15.
2hrs 41 mins by car
Yahoo! Touted as the largest snow tubing park in New York, Hunter Mountain’s 1,000-foot-long runs will have the kids shrieking with happiness. Since it’s straight from start to finish, there’s little chance of you losing track of the little ones. There's also a cool "carpet lift" to ride. Don't miss the mini tubing park, snack bar and a fire pit for warming up. 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY (800-486-8376, huntermtn.com). $20 two-hour session, 42” and up, two-hour session 33”–42” with adult $30. Call ahead to confirm availability and hours.
Woodbury Ski Area
2 hrs by car
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, this local slope offers after school programs, day camps, night skiing and snow tubing! Choose from 14 trails serviced by two lifts. Children under six must be accompanied by an adult on a double tube (no extra charge). Helmets are required for tubers 21 and under (and are available for rent at the ticket office for $10). 785 Washington Rd, Woodbury, CT (203-263-2203, woodburyskiarea.com). Two-hour session $34, three-hour session $42. Group reservations recommended.
2hrs by car
With 21 trails of varying terrain, its no wonder this place is a magnet for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Even better, it offers lift-serviced Alpine Tubing! Friday is family fun night, so it’s $15 per person for all you can tube access from 4pm–8pm. Ice skating is also available, and Alpine Mountain offers learn to skate classes, group sessions and private lessons for various skill levels. (GPS address) 780 Creek Road, Henryville, PA (570-595-2150, alpinemountain.com). Weekend two-hour session $25.
Camelback Mountain Resort
1hr 58mins by car
Camelback really has it all…there’s an affiliated resort, indoor waterpark and ski slopes, plus there’s Camelback snow tubing! There are 42 lanes to choose from, plus you can choose a single tube race or share the experience with a double tube. Two “Magic Carpet” lifts help you head up the mountain in a hurry. 107 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA (570-629-1664, snowtubingcamelback.com). Weekend three-hour value session $30–$35, weekday session $25. Military discounts available.
DropZone Snow Tubing Park
1hr 40mins by car
Mountain Creek’s five-acre snow tubing area offers 30 lanes and several lifts to make things easy! Tubers of all ages zoom down the steep runs side-by-side and can even get a little air flying over the bumps! If you time it right, you can race and see who gets to the bottom quickest. 200 Route 90, Vernon, NJ (973-827-2000, mountaincreek.com). Children under five or under 42” not permitted (all tubes are single ride). Reservations recommended.