Best Places to Go Snow Tubing Near Washington, DC
Remember the thrill of sledding down a giant hill as a child with the wind whipping in your hair and your toes turning to icicles? You can recreate that magical winter fun for your kids at these 11 great snow tubing destinations within a few hours’ drive of DC.
When the snow in your neighborhood just looks like slush, head to the mountains for fresh powder and bigger thrills. Unlike skiing or snowboarding, there’s no skill required for tubing, so it’s the perfect introduction to winter sports for kids. Even toddlers can tube at some of these locations. Be sure to check out our guide to skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports for more wintry adventures.
If your family is up for traveling, consider snow tubing at these other locations near Philadelphia.
The Best Snow Tubing Destinations Near Washington, DC
1. Bryce Resort — Basye, Virginia
Bryce Resort has three 800-foot tubing lanes where visitors can tube for 90 minutes per session. Children must be 36 inches tall, at least 4 years of age, and able to get in and out of the tube quickly to ride. Tubing is already open for early-season hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 2:30pm. From December 27 through March 13, the tubing lanes will be open seven days a week (including holidays) for regular-season hours. Bryce Resort is even open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Sessions, which start every half hour, cost $31 per person, and tickets must be reserved online in advance.
Canaan Valley Resort's snow tubing runs are some of the longest in the DC area. Photo courtesy of the resort
2. Canaan Valley Resort — Davis, West Virginia
At 1,200 feet long, the tube runs at Canaan Valley Resort are some of the longest in the region. Luckily, there’s a magic carpet lift to carry visitors back up after each tubing run. Tubers must be at least 42 inches tall, 4 years old, and able to ride by themselves. The tentative opening date for the 2021 season is December 18, and tubing will be available seven days a week. Tickets start at $25 per person on weekdays and $35 per person on weekends and holidays. Passes for two-hour snow tubing sessions are available for purchase online.
3. Heritage Hills Resort — York, Pennsylvania
The Avalanche Xpress tubing hill at Heritage Hills Resort has 10 tubing lanes open seven days a week. Everyone must be in their own tube and able to get in and out by themselves, but parents can hold onto younger kids' tubes and ride down together. There are also night passes available for purchase from 8-10pm. It is recommended to fill out the tubing waiver online in advance. Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and older when indoors, and encouraged outdoors when unable to socially distance. Because Heritage Hills uses natural snow, the tubing hill is not yet open for the 2021 season, but the plan is to open the first week of January. Check the website for details! Unlimited tubing passes are $35 on weekdays and $45 on weekends and holidays for everyone ages 5 and up, and $25 for children ages 4 and under.
Liberty Mountain Resort is the closest place to go snow tubing near DC. Photo courtesy of the resort
4. Liberty Mountain Resort — Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania
Just a one-hour drive from DC, Liberty Mountain Resort is the closest place to hit the slopes. Visitors can purchase a two-hour snow tubing session for $37 for the larger slope at Bubly Tube Park for anyone 42 inches and taller. Kids 41 inches and under can tube for two hours at the Kiddie Tubing area for $10. Snow tubing at Liberty Mountain opens for the season on December 23, but passes are already selling out for the holidays. The tube park will be open Thursdays through Sundays through March 20. Face coverings are required for all visitors ages 3 and older in all indoor spaces, and tickets must be purchased online in advance.
5. Massanutten Resort — Massanutten, Virginia
The snow tubing hill at this popular family resort features up to 16 lanes that are 900 feet in length and offer a drop of 120 vertical feet. Two conveyor lifts are open to help get visitors back up the hill. When conditions are right, friends can link up and ride down together. New for the 2021 season is “Northern Lights Tubing”, where visitors can go tubing after dark to the glow of neon lights and pumping music. Children must be at least 36 inches tall to tube, and those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Younger tubers are encouraged to ride during a midday session when conditions tend to make the ride slower.
Snow tubing is just one of the many activities available at Massanutten Resort. Photo courtesy of the resort
Massanutten's tubing park is open seven days a week for 90-minute sessions. Tickets are $28 per person on Mondays through Fridays and $35 per person on weekends and holidays. Online reservations are strongly encouraged, and unvaccinated visitors must continue to wear masks while indoors or if social distancing is not possible, such as in a lift. The tubing observation area is open to guests without tickets due to distancing requirements and space constraints.
6. The Omni Homestead Resort — Hot Springs, VA
The Penguin Slides Tubing Park at Omni Homestead Resort is a fun family-friendly adventure. Sled down the hill and ride the new Penguin Express conveyor back up again. Children must be at least 5 years old and 48 inches to go snow tubing. Tickets are $27 per one-hour session and $22 if you're staying at the Homestead Resort. Omni Homestead is open for snow tubing every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays from December 23 through March 6.
7. Roundtop Mountain Resort — Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
Roundtop offers two-hour tubing sessions over 10 large lanes with 800-foot runs and 80-foot vertical drops. Once tubers go down the hill, a magic carpet lift takes them back to the top. Kids must be 42 inches or taller to ride the large hills. There is a special kiddie area with kid-sized tubes for children under 42 inches. Roundtop is open for snow tubing on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays except Christmas Eve. Tickets are $32 per person for the large hill and $9 per person for the kiddie hill for a two-hour session. It's recommended that you purchase tubing tickets online in advance. Masks are required indoors for all visitors ages 3 and older.
Whiz down one of Seven Springs Mountain Resort's 11 snow-tubing lanes. Photo courtesy of the resort
8. Seven Springs Mountain Resort — Champion, Pennsylvania
Seven Springs Resort has 11 tubing lanes for high-speed fun. There are photographers stationed on the mountain who might catch a photo of you or your kids as you go whizzing by, so be sure to check the website afterwards, where you can purchase the pictures from the online gallery. Children must be at least 4 years old to tube, and those 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The snow tubing hill is tentatively set to open December 17 depending on the weather, so call or check the website. Tubing will be available seven days a week for two-hour sessions. Tickets start at $31 for adults and $28 for kids ages 11 and under on weekdays, and $41 for adults and $35 for kids on weekends and holidays.
9. Whitetail Resort — Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
Two-hour tubing sessions are available on Whitetail’s large tubing run for anyone 42 inches and taller. There is a special kiddie run for kids under 42 inches. Two-hour tickets cost $34 per person for the large hills and $9 per person for the kiddie tubing run. The tubing park is open Thursdays through Sundays and some Monday holidays through March 20. Tubing tickets must be purchased online in advance, and masks are required at all times indoors.
10. Wintergreen Resort — Wintergreen, Virginia
The Plunge Tubing Park at Wintergreen Resort, where tubers can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, is the largest in Virginia. It is recommended for children ages 6 and up, and kids must be at least 42 inches tall. The tubing park will be open Thursdays through Sundays and some Monday holidays, with an opening date that will depend on weather conditions. Tickets are $29 per person on Thursdays and $34 per person on Fridays through Sundays. Masks are required at all times during the tubing session, and tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Visit Wisp Resort on a Wednesday or Thursday for a whopping four hours of snow tubing. Photo courtesy of the resort
11. Wisp Resort — McHenry, Maryland
There are 12 tube shoots, each 750 feet long, at Wisp Resort, as well as two conveyor carpets to carry tubers back up the mountain. Children must be at least 4 years old and 42 inches to ride. Snow tubing is open Thursdays through Sundays through March 20. Tickets are $29 for a four-hour session on Wednesdays and Thursdays (unless it's a holiday) and $39 for a two-hour session on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Masks are required indoors for anyone unvaccinated.