Whether the kids are tubing newbies or seasoned pros, these spots offer fun alternatives to skiing and snowboarding. Just be sure to make a reservation before you leave the house, since the runs fill up fast and capacity is limited due to COVID-19.
301 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA
The biggest snowtubing park in the U.S. features all-lit nighttime Galactic tubing complete with music and disco lighting, up to 42 lightning-fast lanes and two magic carpet lifts. New features include a soup and sandwich-themed food truck hitched to a Tap Bar draft beverage trailer to be enjoyed around fire pits for spectating or warming up pre- or post-tubing.
Lift tickets and passes must be purchased in advance online. Facial coverings will be required in all public spaces and parties traveling together will need to ride together; singles will need to ride alone. Sanitizing stations will be present at the top and bottom of each lift.
Kids must be at least 33 inches tall to ride and 44 inches tall to ride alone. Snowtubing starts at $33 mid-week; $42 weekends (two-hour session).
200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
Kids will rip down straight-shot paths, so make sure they’re ready to race! You can also ride your tube back up on the surface lift, perfect for little legs not quite ready for a climb. Kids must be 42 inches tall to ride and are required to tube alone and on their stomachs. Tickets for two-hour sessions are $26-30 depending on the day and time you go. Advance online ticket purchases are highly recommended, and all visitors must fill out a health declaration.
99 Holiday Mountain Rd., Monticello, NY
This one straightaway lane nestled in the Catskills is great for beginners and gives little ones an intro to tubing with gentle hills and slopes. Tickets cost $20 per person. Kids must be 44 inches tall to ride. Check the website for session dates and times. Tickets must be purchased in advance and face masks are required.
HUNTER MOUNTAIN* Hasn’t opened yet for the season
64 Klein Ave., Hunter, NY
Hunter has the biggest tubing park in New York State. Racers get their choice of high-speed chutes that are each nearly 1,000 feet long. Children should be at least 33 inches tall to ride. Tickets are $20-25 per person 42 inches or taller and $35 for kids between 33 and 42 inches with an adult. Don’t skip out on the snack bar or fire pit. Weekends only.
123 Rte. 94, Vernon
The 30 tubing lanes span five acres of this Sussex County resort that’s only a stone’s throw from Crystal Springs Resort. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall and five years old to fly down the hills. One rider per tube. A carpet lift means no hauling tubes back up the mountain—and less complaining! Open Wednesday to Friday from 4pm-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-8pm, strict social distancing must be adhered to and face coverings are required. Tickets are $30. Reserve ahead of time here.
51 Old Mt. Peter Rd., Warwick, NY
The route’s about 600 feet long, but don’t worry about the walk; the carpet lift lets you relax on your way up. You must be 42 inches tall to ride solo, while guests 36-48 inches tall can ride in a tandem tube with an adult. For your littlest snow bunnies, the Little Tikes Tubing Play Area has a mini hill and snow play area that’ll safely accommodate all ages and sizes. Passes are $30-35 on the regular hill, while the Little Tikes Tubing is only $20-25. Sessions are limited to 1.5 hours and due to spacing restrictions, there will be no tubing birthday parties this year.
401 Hollow Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA
The Pocono Plunge Snow Tubing Park gives riders under 46 inches tall the chance to ride with Mom or Dad using tandem tubes (taller kids can ride solo). There are also two conveyor lifts that whisk you to the top after you shoot down. Tubing not recommended here for kids under 5. Tickets are sold online only and there’s limited capacity. Ticket prices are $30 mid-week and $45 on weekends for 1.5 hour sessions.