Picture yourself zipping down a snow-covered hill, but not on skis or a snowboard. Snow tubing is a great way to get started on a snowy sports journey and there’s no better place to embrace the snowy fun than at these Pennsylvania ski resorts. Best yet, snow tubing is something the entire family can enjoy, requiring no special skills or equipment except for your snow gear, of course. Best of all, unlike traditional sledding, you can forgo the dreaded hike back up the hill as most resorts feature a conveyor carpet ride back to the top. Most tubes are designed for single riders, but some resorts offer tandem-style, too.
Be sure to check out the specific age and height requirements as they vary by resort, and you are good to go. Here are a few of our favorite spots:
1. WHERE TO TUBE WITH TODDLERS
Liberty Mountain Resort | Fairfield
For families with toddlers in tow, Liberty Mountain Resort features the bubly Tube Park, made especially for toddlers, two to four years of age. Parents can help their kids with their tubes and join in on the fun. Located in southcentral PA, families can enjoy 15 tubing lanes and relax on the moving carpet as it brings them and their tube back to the top. Take a quick break from all the snow tubing fun at the Alpine Market, the perfect spot to warm-up, grab a quick snack, and watch all the action on the hill.
2. BEST BET FOR SNOW TUBING AT NIGHT
Blue Mountain Resort | Palmerton
Blue Mountain Resort’s snow tubing park, the largest in the nation with up to 55 lanes, including the longest and fastest in PA, is the place to go for an out-of-this world nighttime tubing adventure! Glide down in a single tube or buddy up in one of their double-seaters. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the Sonic Snow Tubing adventure begins with colorful laser lights and music. Afterwards, warm up in their Après Snow Tubing area, complete with firepits, food truck, bar and café service, and perfect view of the snow tubing hills, and no ticket required to get in on the fun!
3. BEST PLACE TO SEE A GALACTIC LIGHT SHOW
Camelback Mountain | Tannersville
Located in the Poconos, just 90 minutes from New York City, Camelback Mountain Resort is a popular destination for families. With more than 40 lightning-fast tubing lanes, snow tubers can enjoy two-hour tubing sessions and two state-of-the-art Magic Carpet Lifts, which effortlessly carry you to the top so you can save all that energy for more tubing thrills. At night the snowtubing park dazzles with an out-of-this-world Galactic LED light show.
4. WHERE TO GO FOR SNOW TUBING NEAR PHILADELPHIA
Bear Creek Mountain | Lehigh Valley
If you’re looking for some snow tubing thrills near Philadelphia, Bear Creek Mountain Resort has you covered. The resort features ten tubing lanes. With a Magic Carpet Conveyor Lift to take you back to the top, Bear Creek is a great place to go snow tubing in the greater Philadelphia area. Afterwards, warm up and relax at the Mountain Eatery with its full range of on-the-go options, from hand-crafted sandwiches and soups to daily specials. Order hearty fare to enjoy around massive stone fireplaces or on their outdoor deck after a day of snow tubing fun.
5. BEST BET FOR TUBING THRILLS IN NORTHWEST PA
Mount Pleasant of Edinboro | Cambridge Springs
Located in the snowbelt region of northwestern Pennsylvania in Erie County, Mount Pleasant is a favorite winter family destination. Tubers can get their thrills with eight snow tubing lanes that are 600 feet long and feature a 6-story drop.
These are just a small sampling of the snow tubing options in PA. Almost all the ski resorts in the state offer snow tubing in addition to skiing and snowboarding. To find the nearest location to you and for a complete list of snow tubing resorts, visit the SkiPA website.
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