Snow tubing is a great alternative, or added bonus, to skiing and snowboarding and is an activity the entire family can enjoy. What’s even better is that many snow tubing parks are right here in the United States and may even be in your home state. Explore stunning Mt. Hood in Oregon and catch some speed on its slopes or check out what the Blueridge Mountains have to offer. No matter where you choose to spend your weekend getaway, book a vacation rental with Tripping and let all your worries melt away. Here are the ten best places to go snow tubing in the U.S.!
1. Hawksnest Snow Tubing, Seven Devils, NC
Head to the mountains of North Carolina to experience the largest snow tubing park on the East Coast! Located about two hours north of Charlotte, Hawksnest is a blast for the whole family. The park has over 20 runs that range from 40 to 1,000 feet as well as an exhilarating zip line experience. Tickets start $27 per session Monday through Thursday and sessions are for an hour and 45 minutes. It’s easy to find vacation rentals near Hawksnest, just search on Tripping for vacation rentals near Seven Devils. Whether you’re looking for a rustic family cabin or a beautiful mountainous retreat, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget all of you winter gear and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare cast from the snow!
2. Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota is known for its cold, snowy winters. Make the most of it and enjoy a thrilling snow tubing experience at Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area right outside Minneapolis! This best thing about the snow tubing at Elm Creek is that there is even a lift, meaning you won’t be having to climb up the mountain over and over. Enjoy beginner and advanced hills as well as cross-country ski trails. If you or the kids have always wanted to learn how to ski there are also lessons available here. After a few hours of fun in the snow grab some hot chocolate and get cozy in your Minnesota vacation rental. The season typically lists December to mid-March and tickets start at $15 for two hours.
3. Mt. Hood Skibowl, Government Camp, OR
Mt. Hood is the largest mountain in Oregon and is a must-see on any trip to the “Beaver State.” The Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Skibowl East has a variety hills for all experiences and even cosmic tubing with LED lights! Snow tubing tickets start at $26 for a two-hour shift for adults and $20 for kids. Stay for the New Year’s celebration for amazing fireworks show that you can see from your Mt. Hood vacation rental. You can also book a vacation rental in Portland and take a shuttle or drive to Mt. Hood.
4. Big Bear Snow Play, Big Bear Lake, CA
Gather your crew and take them to Big Bear Snow Play in Big Bear Lake, California, which has the largest snow runs in Southern California. Big Bear Lake is not only a place for skiing, hiking, and snowboarding but it’s also just a nice place to unwind with the family and shop, eat, and reconnect. Big Bear Lake is only about two hours from Los Angeles but a world away in terms of environment and things to do. It’s easy to take a day trip to Big Bear or spend an entire week. Day tickets are $30 per person and last the entire day purchasing. You can also try the Big Bear Speedway while you’re there.
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5. Keystone Resort, Keystone, CO
The mountain town of Keystone, Colorado is a skiers and nature enthusiast’s paradise perfect for any age. In the winter, Keystone Resort offers several lanes for tubing as well as a lift. An area for kids to tube is free and tickets for adults are $33 per day. The resort also offers night skiing and other fun activities for daredevils and newcomers alike. Book a vacation rental in Keystone and be within walking distance to shops, activities and so much more. Your vacation rental is also a convenient place to store your ski and winter gear.
6. Wintergreen Resort, Blue Ridge Mountains, VA
Virginia is a beautiful place to spend a winter vacation with dozens of snowy activities to enjoy. Head to the Wintergreen Resort in on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains for some of the tallest snow tubing slopes in the nation. The Plunge at Wintergreen Resort claims to be Virginia’s largest tubing park with slopes that enable you to reach speeds up to 30 mph. The resort also offers summer tubing without the snow. Imagine a giant slip-n-slide going down a hill and that is what you’ll experience in the summer in this Virginia getaway. The resort offers package deals or you can stay in a quaint vacation rental near the resort.
7. The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, MT
The Resort at Paws Up offers a unique snow tubing experience in that you can choose to tube either down a hill or through a meadow. With the meadow option, a snowmobile will take you through the snowy meadows of this ranch outside of Missoula. There are also bonfires by both tubing locations allowing you to warm up and get ready for even more fun!
8. Mad River Mountain, Valley Hi, OH
Snow tubing is a great way to incorporate the entire family with winter sports and have a blast while doing it! This skiing and snowboarding resort in Ohio also has some of the best snow tubing in the state, and definitely the tallest. The Avalanche Tubing Park at Mad River Mountain has nearly 1,000 feet of runs for tubing as well as a snack bar and fire pits.
9. Camelback Resort Snow Tubing, Tannersville, PA
The snow tubing mecca of the United States is a mountain resort in Pennsylvania. The Camelback Resort has 42 lanes for tubing as well as two lifts, making it the largest snow tubing park in the country. The resort also has a waterpark with deals for guests. You can find vacation rentals in the Pocono Mountains and throughout Pennsylvania to make your winter retreat the best it can be. Be sure to book your accommodations before busy holidays to avoid missing out!
10. Gorgoza Park, Summit Park, UT
Only 30 minutes from Salt Lake City, Utah is an adventure park with snow tubing that is family owned and operated. Getting to the park is easy as it is so close to the city, where there are hundreds of vacation rentals to choose from. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all of your adventures in Utah!
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