Snow tubing
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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 you don’t want to be turned away.

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN

301 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA
570-629-1661

This Pocono resort boasts 42 snow tubing lanes and two magic carpet lifts, making it the biggest snow tubing park in the US. Riders pick between racing solo or riding with a buddy in a two-person tube. Galactic Snow Tubing, during which the park glows with neons and LED light-up snow, is well worth the trip. Kids must be at least 33 inches tall to ride and 44 inches tall to ride alone. Tickets are $30 during the week and $40 during weekends and holidays for three-hour sessions.

CAMPGAW MOUNTAIN

200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
201-327-7800

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 $24-28 depending on the day and time you go.

HOLIDAY MOUNTAIN SKI AND FUN PARK

99 Holiday Mountain Rd., Monticello, NY
845-796-3161

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. Call for times and to book ahead of time (sessions sell out quickly!). Closed Mondays.

HUNTER MOUNTAIN

64 Klein Ave., Hunter, NY
800-486-8376

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.

MOUNTAIN CREEK SNOW TUBING PARK

123 Rte. 94, Vernon
973-827-2000

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! Tickets are $30. Reserve ahead of time here.

MOUNT PETER

51 Old Mt. Peter Rd., Warwick, NY
845-986-4940

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 new Little Tikes Tubing Play Area has a mini hill and snow play area that’ll safely accommodate all ages and sizes. Passes are $24-30 for a two-hour session on the regular hill, while the Little Tikes Tubing is only $17-22 for a two-hour sesh.

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN

401 Hollow Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA
570-421-7231

The Pocono Plunge Snow Tubing Park gives mini-riders ages 4 and up and 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. Advance reservations aren’t accepted, so get there early. Tickets are $25-30 for two hours and $40-45 for four hours.

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