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 the best snow tubing spots near New York City.
Best Snow Tubing in New York
Hunter Mountain | Hunter | 800.486.8376 | huntermtn.com
Starting late December, trek up to Hunter Mountain for 20+ runs and nearly 1,000 feet of chute. Younger children (under 42″) have access to the Mini Tubing Park or can ride with an adult for a combined price of $30. Passes are good for two-hour sessions Friday through Sunday beginning at 5pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday and Sunday.
How to get there: oM created a list of of bus operators leaving from NYC to Hunter Mountain. Alternatively, starting in January you can take the Adirondack Trailways bus to Hunter station (last on the line).
Best Snow Tubing 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 snow tubing park has been expanded to offer 30 lanes that can accommodate up to over 100 tubers an hour. Tubing rates are $20 per two hours 4-9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 10am-9pm; $25/Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays daytime.
How to get there: Buses from NYC are run weekly by NYCSnowBus.com, Rally Bus and Sourced Adventures who even offer an evening snow tubing and brewery.
The Best Snow Tubing in Pennsylvania
Camelback | Tannersville | 570.629-1661 | skicamelback.com
Just a two-hour bus ride from New York City, Camelback Mountain in Tannersville offers the perfect blend of adventure, creature comforts, and accessibility for an action-packed winter weekend. One of the highlights of Camelback is its snow-tubing park, the largest in the U.S.A. with 42 lanes and 100 feet of vertical drop. Camelback even offers an impressive “Galactic” LED light show starting at 5pm every night. $25 midweek, $30 on the weekends for a three hour session.
How to get there: From Port Authority take the Martz Trailways Line to either Mt. Pocono or Mt. Airy Casino. Take a taxi to the resort. Mountain Taxi is a local cab company (570) 839-2222. The Pocono Pony is a local bus option that has fixed routes around the Pocono Mountains.