Top Snow Tubing Spots for New Jersey Families
When it comes to winter activities, snow tubing is one of our favorites. Of course, we love ice skating, skiing, and more winter sports, but snow tubing is something the whole family can enjoy—regardless of skill.
No experience or equipment is necessary, and you can tube alone or in groups. Tubing is a lot like sledding, but easier. You can barrel down the snowy slopes at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. Read on for a list of local ski resorts that offer snow tubing in and around New Jersey and find more active winter fun in our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining an appropriate distance. If you are traveling to an activity outside of your state or local area, check on any travel restrictions, advisories, or quarantine orders.
Many local ski areas offer snow tubing, but hours of operation, height, weight, and age requirements vary. Check the resort’s website for more details and waiver forms that can be downloaded and filled out before you arrive. Often, ticket sales are capped at maximum amounts, and this year, many are selling tickets online, so purchase in advance to avoid missing out. Remember to wear warm, waterproof clothes and snow boots. All tubing parks prohibit wearing ski or snowboard boots.
There's a tubing option for everyone at Campgaw Mountain. Photo courtesy of Campgaw Mountain
Best Snow Tubing Spots in New Jersey
Campgaw – Mahwah
2020 update: The tubing entrance has been moved behind the lodge. The anticipated opening date is mid-December 2020.
Campgaw offers tubing in an intimate setting. Not only can you ride you tube down the slopes, you can ride it up as well! There are different levels of rollers and pitch, which means the older kids can flex their courage a bit. There's no age requirement, but tube riders need to be at least 42 inches tall. Open weekday afternoons and weekends, tickets are sold by sessions, which run two hours each. Tickets go on sale six days in advance and sell out quickly.
Mountain Creek – Vernon
2020 update: Opening day is Thursday, December 17, 2020. Masks and gloves are required at all times during your visit. Advanced online purchase is required. Access to lodge areas is limited, but a socially distanced viewing area with a fire pit is available next to the tubing area.
Mountain Creek boasts one of the largest tubing parks in the region—and the country, for that matter—with 30 lanes spread across more than five acres, all of them open to kids ages 5 and older, who are at least 42 inches tall. Open weekday afternoons and weekends, plus off-hours tubing is also available for groups of 30 or more.
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Blue Mountain – Palmerton
2020 update: Tentative opening date is Saturday, December 26, 2020. Masks are required for guests; all tickets are date-specific and must be purchased online. The shuttle service and drop-off area in front of the Summit or Valley Lodge are not open this year.
There are 39 lanes and three lifts here, but our favorite Blue Mountain perk is this: Your family can descend together in a single tube. Blue Mountain's the only park in the Poconos that offers that. There's no age requirement, but kids need to be at least 36 inches tall to tube, alone, with a parent, or with everyone. Tickets are sold by three-hour sessions and run from 5pm-9pm on Thursdays, and 9am-9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
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Go galactic snow tubing after dark at Camelback.
Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville
2020 update: Opening day scheduled for Friday, December 18, 2020. Advanced purchase of tickets online is highly recommended, and masks are required.
If the prospect of flying down a snow-packed slope at a fast (but totally safe) speed is exhilarating, picture doing it at night amid an LED light show. That's Camelback's Galactic snow tubing. Camelback boasts the largest snow tubing park in the country, with 42 lanes. Most parks require a single rider per tube, but here, tubers under 44 inches tall (but at least 33 inches tall) can ride with a parent. A participating parent must accompany all riders under age 14. Tickets are sold by two-hour sessions that start on the hour. Tubing is open Monday through Thursday, noon-8pm; Friday, noon-10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-10pm.
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area – East Stroudsburg
2020 update: Tubing opens December 19, 2020. Snow tubing tickets are sold online only. Due to capacity limits, seating and space may be limited to ticketed guests.
Shawnee’s the closest of any of the Pennsylvania parks to New Jersey. It's also one of the smallest parks at seven lanes—in case you're harboring a fear of humiliating yourself in front of large crowds. Kids under 46 inches can ride with a parent, but they need to be 4 years old. Tickets are sold in 1.5-hour blocks and have various start times throughout the week.
The whole family can enjoy a day of snow tubing fun at Jack Frost.
Jack Frost/Big Boulder – Blakeslee
Snow tubing is not currently open. Visit the website for updates.
Jack Frost/Big Boulder is, in fact, two resorts in one—and snow tubing is available at both. There are six lanes at Jack Frost, or “chutes,” as it calls them, and two tows to pull tubers back up the hill. Big Boulder has 20 chutes and two 600-foot conveyor carpets. Again, there is no age requirement, but tubers must be at least 42 inches tall. Visit the website for daily hours.
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Hunter Mountain – Hunter
2020 update: Opening day is pending. Guests are encouraged to gear up in the car due to limited capacity in the lodges. Masks are required, and tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.
Hunter is New York's largest tubing park, with 20 lanes that run nearly 1,000-feet long, plus a mini-park for the littlest kids. There's also a snack bar and fire pit, ever so critical for those necessary recovery periods. (Plan on taking many.) Tubers need to be at least 44 inches tall to ride and 36 inches to ride with an adult. Tickets are sold by two-hour session. Sessions start on the hour and half-hour, each Friday from 5pm-7pm; Saturdays from 10am-6pm; and Sundays, 10am-3pm.
Mount Peter – Warwick
2020 update: Sessions are limited, and reservations are encouraged. Due to capacity restrictions, tubing birthday parties are suspended this season. Opening day is tentatively scheduled for December 23, 2020, though an earlier opening is possible.
Enjoy a 600-foot ride down and a conveyor ride back to the top. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall, and those younger than 12 must be accompanied on the hill by an adult. For the under-42-set, there is a Little Tikes tubing hill, with a smaller hill plus an area for kids to play in the powder. Tandem tubing is allowed for guests 36-48 inches with an adult on the big hill. Reservations are encouraged. Open weekdays, weekends, and nights. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated annually.
Photos courtesy of the mountains
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