Skiing is hard. And the hassle of renting gear, buying lift tickets, and trying to look cool doing something we only practice twice a year takes some of the fun out of a day outside.
So this week we’ve turned our eyes to skiing’s easier, cheaper cousin: tubing. Read on for three of the most accessible tubing spots around NYC.
With more than 20 lanes for tubes to barrel down and a mini tubing park for children, Hunter Mountain is the largest snow-tubing park in New York State.
The park’s lanes cover more than 1,000 feet, and feature varied terrain like likes knolls and turns. In addition to the tubing hill, the park features 240 acres of easy ski and snowboard terrain.
If you go: Adult tickets to Hunter Mountain’s tubing hill cost $20 for two hours of tubing. Space is limited, so you’ll want to book your tickets online in advance.
The tubing hill at Campgaw Mountain has just 10 channels—fewer than the other two spots on this list. But Campgaw is only an hour outside of the city.
Campgaw also offers a small ski and snowboard area. It’s a beginner-friendly sort of place (don’t expect Tuckerman’s Ravine) and offers affordable lessons daily.
If you go: Two-hour tubing tickets range in price from $21–26, depending on the day. Advance purchases (available online) are recommended. The tubing hill is only available to kids who are at least 42 inches tall.
There are 30 tubing lanes at Mountain Creek Drop Zone Snow Tubing Park. That makes it the largest park on this list… as well as the one with the longest name.
The park also offers 4 dual ziplines, which range in distance from 200–1500 feet and reach heights of up to 150 feet above the mountaintop lake. And for those folks who get cold, the park keeps a fire going all day long at the top of the hill.
If you go: A two-hour tubing ticket at Mountain Creek costs $20. Tickets are available for advance purchase online. The hill is open to anyone at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.
Photos courtesy of respective businesses. Words by Eric Jankiewicz.