Top Snow Tubing Spots Near New Jersey for Families

Snow tubers hurtle from top to bottom at exhilarating speeds at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Snow tubers hurtle from top to bottom at exhilarating speeds at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

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.

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Many local ski areas offer snow tubing, but hours of operation, height, weight, and age requirements vary. Unseasonably warm temperatures mean many of the resorts listed have yet to set their opening dates for the season. 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.

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Mountain Creek – Vernon

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. Two magic carpet lifts take you to the top of the hill, so there's no need to hike. Snow tubing is closed Mondays through Wednesdays, and advance online ticket purchase is required. Two-hour tubing sessions are $30.

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Campgaw Mountain offers a long snow tubing run in New Jersey
There's a tubing option for everyone at Campgaw Mountain. Photo courtesy of Campgaw Mountain

Campgaw – Mahwah

Campgaw offers tubing in an intimate setting. Not only can you ride your tube down the slopes, you can ride it up as well! There are different levels of rollers and pitch, which means 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.

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Blue Mountain – Palmerton

There are 46 lanes and three lifts here, but our favorite Blue Mountain perk is this: You can choose between riding a single tube or double the fun and descend two at a time in a double tube. There's no age requirement, but kids need to be at least 36 inches tall. Tickets are sold by three-hour sessions and run from 5pm-9pm on Thursdays, and 9am-9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Tubing is tentatively scheduled to open Sunday, December 26.

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You can go snow tubing after dark at Camelback
Go galactic snow tubing after dark at Camelback.

Camelback Mountain Resort – Tannersville

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. Tubing is tentatively scheduled to open Saturday, December 18, and tickets are sold by 2-hour sessions that start on the hour.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area – East Stroudsburg

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 in a tandem tube with a parent, though the recommended age is 5+. Tickets are sold in 1.5-hour blocks and have various start times throughout the week. Tickets are $32 on weekdays and $45 on weekends and holidays, and are only available online.

White Lightning at Fernwood – East Stroudsburg

Known for a family-friendly vibe, White Lightning is a small snow tubing park with five chutes and a magic carpet lift for easy-on/easy-off. Because it’s a manageable size, you can often skip the crowds you might find at other tubing spots. Kids must be 4 years old and 40 inches tall to tube. Tickets are sold by 2-hour sessions and the course is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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Jack Frost is a top snow tubing spot in New Jersey
The whole family can enjoy a day of snow tubing fun at Jack Frost.

Jack Frost/Big Boulder – Blakeslee

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. Tubing at Jack Frost is available on the weekends only. Big Boulder (which opens Friday, December 17) offers snow tubing Friday afternoon through the weekend. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.

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Hunter Mountain – Hunter

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 2-hour sessions. Sessions start on the hour and half-hour, each Friday from 5pm-7pm; Saturdays from 10am-7pm; and Sundays, 10am-3pm.

Snow tubers hurtle from top to bottom at exhilarating speeds at Mount Peter.

Mount Peter – Warwick

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. Tickets are $35 per adult and $25 per child, and go on sale Wednesday, December 15. Tubing is available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in 1.5-hour sessions. Reservations are encouraged,

This post was originally published in 2012 and is updated annually.

Photos courtesy of the mountains

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