Snow Tubing for New Jersey Families
Since we had no snow last year, winter sports will be doubly fun this year and snow tubing is a fantastic winter activity the whole family can enjoy. No experience is necessary! In fact, tubing is a lot like sledding, but a whole lot easier. Barrel down the snowy slope at thrilling speeds without having to hike back up the hill. It’s done it for you! Now that's the kind of winter sport we can handle, right?
Many of the local ski areas offer snow tubing, but hours of operation and height/weight/age requirements vary. Check the resort’s website for details and waiver forms that can be downloaded and filled out before you tube. Often, ticket sales are capped at maximum amounts. Many resorts sell tickets online, so buy ahead to avoid missing out, then pack up the family and hit the tube parks! Remember to wear warm, waterproof clothes and snow boots. All tubing parks prohibit the wearing of ski or snowboard boots. The following local ski resorts offer snow tubing close to central NJ, weather permitting.
Mountain Creek (Vernon)
Mountain Creek boasts one of the largest tubing parks in America, with 30 lanes. Kids from ages 5-13 can enjoy “The Drop Zone” tube park on Thursday and Friday from 5-9, and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10am to 9pm. Costs range from $20-25 depending on the night. Select Fridays, Mountain Creek offers family night, where up to 6 tubers can ride for $59.
Campgaw offers a variety of different tubing runs in a smaller, more “intimate” setting. Tubers must be a minimum of 42”. Not only can you ride your tube down the slopes, you can ride it up as well! Tubing runs are open every night. Prices range from $18-24, depending on when you choose to tube. Only 140 tickets are sold per 2 hour session, so Campgaw recommends that tickets are purchased in advance. Hours of operation are M-Th, opening at 4pm, Fr, opening at 2, weekends at 10.
Jack Frost/Big Boulder (Blakeslee, PA)
Jack Frost/Big Boulder is considered the Pocono’s premier resort. In fact, it is two resorts in one. Snow tubing is available at both resorts. At Jack Frost, there are 6 runs (or “chutes” as they call them) and 2 tows to pull tubers back up the hill. Big Boulder has 20 chutes and 2 tows. Tickets range from $25-27 for 3-hour session; all day passes start at $25 for mid-week and $45 for weekends.. Children must be 42” tall; only single tubes are available. Sundays are first come/first served for $20!
Camelback Mountain Resort (Tannersville, PA)
Camelback’s snow tubing park promises an adrenaline rush! It is now the largest snow tubing park in America, with 38 lanes and 2 lifts. Children must be 44” to tube alone and 33” to tube with parent.. Prices range from $25 for 3 hours. If you hold a Camelback ski lift ticket, tubing is only $12.
Ski Shawnee (Shawnee on Delaware, PA)
Shawnee’s snow tubing park is family oriented and is the closest Pennsylvania resort to NJ. Monday-Thursday, tubing is available in the afternoons starting at 1pm; Fridays and weekends offer both afternoon and evening hours. Shawnee offers 2 and 4 hour sessions, with 7 chutes and 2 magic carpets to ease your trip up the hill. Children less than 46” must ride with a responsible adult on tandem tubes. Rates range from $20 - $40 depending on length of session and day of week.
Blue Mountain (Palmerton, PA)
Blue Mountain promises to keep the good times rolling with 3 lifts and up to 21 tubing runs. Children must be 36” tall to participate. Sessions are afternoons during the week, with late nights offered on Fridays; on weekends the tube park is open all day. Prices range from $20-25 depending on day and time; discounts are available for groups over 15.