With winter in our midst, it’s good to remember that there’s an alternative to skiing, snowboarding, and making angels in the snow. Forget the boots, the goggles, the gear, and enjoy the simple thrills of snow tubing—because sitting is really all that’s involved in this, err, sport.

Bring warm clothes and an appetite for some fast-paced fun and you’re good to go at these three cool snow tubing spots near New York City.

New York

Gore Mountain | North Creek | 518.251.2411 | goremountain.com
In addition to its ski and board trails, Gore Mountain’s North Creek Ski Bowl offers 800 feet of tubing chutes open daily from 11am to 9pm. On select Friday evenings through mid-March, take advantage of Gore’s Friday night value package, two hours of tubing plus dinner for only $20 (regularly $17/person for 2-hours of tubing). With themed meals such as “Mexican Fiesta Night” and “Wing Fling,” we recommend a short breather before hitting the handle-tow.
How to get there: Adirondack Trailways from New York Port Authority. New this season, when you take Adirondack Trailways to Gore Mountain you receive a special bus and lift ticket package. Gore has bus and lift ticket packages out of New York City.

Tuxedo Ridge at Sterling Forest | Tuxedo | 845.351.1122 | tuxedoridge.com
Snow tubing is very popular at this Hudson Valley family ski destination. Tuxedo Ridge’s snow tubing prices range from $20-$25 dollars per person. The snow tubing park has four lanes, and is open Fridays through Sundays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance, so visit Tuxedo Ridge online or call the number above.
How to get there: The Short Line bus out of New York Port Authority offers daily trips to Tuxedo Ridge. When you purchase your round-trip bus ticket through ShortLineBus.com, you also receive a discounted snow tubing ticket (or lift ticket if you decide to opt for skiing). Another option is the MetroNorth/NJ Transit line from New York Penn Station. As the train station is located a short distance from the mountain, Tuxedo offers complimentary pick-up and drop-off from and to the Tuxedo, NY train station at specific times on Saturdays and Sundays with three days notice. [To make a pick-up/drop-off reservation, e-mail info@tuxedoridge.com.]

New Jersey

Mountain Creek | Vernon | 973.827.2000 | mountaincreek.com
Mountain Creek, located in the Appalachian Mountains of neighboring New Jersey, is spread out across four peaks, giving the illusion of a ski mountain much further than a stone’s throw from the George Washington Bridge. The mountain’s recently renovated snow tubing park has been expanded to offer 30 lanes that can accommodate up to over 100 tubers an hour. Tubing rates are by the hour ($20/per person Thursday and Friday; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays evening; $25/Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays daytime). Also new this season is Family Tubing Night every Friday, when entire families [4 to 6 people] can enjoy an hour of tubing for $59.

How to get there: Emilio’s Ski Shop and Paragon Sports offer bus trips to Mountain Creek on Wednesday afternoons (Paragon) and weekends (Emilio’s Ski Shop). Visit online for specific dates. NJ Transit out of New York Port Authority makes trips to Mountain Creek every Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday through March 8. A round trip ticket, including your lift ticket and travel, costs $25.50.

Photo: Carl Lender