Camelback Mountain Resort
Travel time: 1½ hours
Not only does Camelback Mountain in eastern Pennsylvania (243 Resort Dr, Tannersville, PA; 570-629-1663, skicamelback.com) have 12 beginners’ trails that are perfect for newbie skiers—including a number of easy long trails—but also what is now the largest snow tubing park in the country, outfitted with 40-plus tubing lanes and two “magic carpet” conveyor walkways to bring you back to the top of the hill. Even better: Two buses—Urban Sherpa Travel (urbansherpatravel.com) and OvRride (ovrride.com)—offer Saturday round-trips to the mountain out of New York City; the latter lets you choose just about any combination of lift ticket, ski or snowboard rental, and lessons in addition to the bus ride. Ample on-site snowmaking and seven well-placed dining facilities, including a waffle cabin, mountaintop lodge, and eateries at both the Sunbowl learning area and the tubing park—ensure that you’ll keep your crew warm, fed and skiing (or tubing or boarding) all day long.