When it comes to winter activities, snow tubing is one of our favorites. Of course, we love ice skating and all manner of frosty sports, but snow tubing is something the whole family can enjoy—regardless of skill. No experience is necessary, and you can tube alone or in groups. In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole lot easier. You can barrel down the snowy slope at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. It’s done for you! Now that's the kind of winter sport we can get behind.
Many local ski areas offer snow tubing, but hours of operation and height/weight/age requirements vary. Check the resort’s website for details and waiver forms that can be downloaded and filled out before you tube. Often, ticket sales are capped at maximum amounts. Many resorts sell tickets online, so buy ahead to avoid missing out, then pack up the family and hit the tube parks! Remember to wear warm, waterproof clothes and snow boots. All tubing parks prohibit wearing ski or snowboard boots. The following local ski resorts offer snow tubing close to central NJ, weather permitting.
Mountain Creek – Vernon
Mountain Creek boasts one of the largest tubing parks in America, with 30 lanes. Kids from ages 5–13 can enjoy “The Drop Zone” tube park on Thursday and Friday from 5–9 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Campgaw – Mahwah
Campgaw offers a variety of different tubing runs in a smaller, more intimate setting. Not only can you ride your tube down the slopes, you can ride it up as well! Tubing runs are open every night. Check out the current pricing (rates depend on when you choose to tube) and the hours of operation. Only 180 tickets are sold per 2-hour session, so Campgaw recommends that tickets are purchased in advance. Tubers must be a minimum of 42”.
Jack Frost/ Big Boulder – Blakeslee, PA
Jack Frost/Big Boulder is considered the Poconos' premier resort. In fact, it is two resorts in one—and snow tubing is available at both resorts. At Jack Frost, there are six runs (or “chutes” as they call them) and two tows to pull tubers back up the hill. Big Boulder has 20 chutes and two tows. Children must be 42” tall; only single tubes are available. Check out the current pricing and Sunday Night Specials.
Galactic Snowtubing at Camelback.
Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville, PA
This year Camelback introduces "Galactic Snowtubing," an exciting night-time LED light show (included with any snow tubing ticket) and also their bran- new Basecamp Lodge. Camelback’s snow tubing park promises an adrenaline rush, as well it should, since it's the largest snow tubing park in America, with up to 42 lanes and two lifts. Children must be 44” to tube alone and 33” to tube with a parent. Check out the current pricing and midweek specials.
Ski Shawnee – Shawnee on Delaware, PA
Shawnee’s snow tubing park is family-oriented and is the closest Pennsylvania resort to NJ. Tubing is available Monday–Thursday in the afternoons starting at 1 pm; Fridays and weekends offer both afternoon and evening hours. Shawnee offers two- and four-hour sessions, with seven chutes and two magic carpets to ease your trip up the hill. Children under 46” must ride with a responsible adult on tandem tubes. Check out the current pricing, which is based on the length of session and day of the week.
Blue Mountain – Palmerton, PA
Blue Mountain promises to keep the good times rolling with three lifts and up to 39 tubing lanes. Children must be 36” tall to participate. Sessions are afternoons during the week, with late nights offered on Fridays; on weekends the tube park is open all day. Check out the current pricing; discounts are available for groups over 15.
White Lightning at Fernwood – Stroudsburg, PA
White Lightning sets itself apart from the rest by providing both a Main Hill and Tiny Tot area for snow tubing fun. To ride on the Tiny Tot hill you must be at least 33'' tall and the Main Hill requires a minimum of 40''. White Lightning is 100% snowmaking, allowing for tubing fun from December through late March. Check out current pricing and more information.
Hunter Mountain – Hunter, NY
Enjoy snow tubing at New York State's largest tubing park. Hunter Mountain offers more than 20 chutes at almost 1,000 feet long and a Mini Tubing Park for kids. Add in a stop at the snack bar and fire pit, and your day on the chutes will be one to remember. Check out the current pricing and more information.
Top photo: Snow tubing at Mountain Creek. Photos courtesy of the resorts.
Originally published 2012