Snow Much Fun! The Best Snowtubing Resorts & Parks

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Add a dash of adrenaline to a winter weekend with an hour (or an afternoon!) of snow tubing. You don’t have to travel far to catch some speed; Snow Flow Mountain offers an icy terrain conveniently located at Gaylord National Harbor. Or head for a quick trip out of town where you can slip and slide in the real-deal fluffy stuff at one of the following resorts near the DMV. If you’ve got a need for speed, scroll down for your next epic adventure!

A Quick Trip Across Town

Snow Flow Mountain at Gaylord National Harbor

Rip down Snow Flow Mountain at thrilling speeds on bumper-safe icy terrain. At Gaylord National Harbor, you can hop in a tube and safely race down an entirely ice-covered hill where, if you pick up enough momentum, a cushy bumper will end your ride. You must be at least 42-inches to ride and tubers are single occupant lanes only. Purchase a ticket and go with the flow (of snow!) all day! Be sure to buy your tickets before you arrive; there is no on-site ticket booth.

When: Now-Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: $20.99/all-day pass
Where: 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD
Online: gaylordnational.com

Laura Green

DC's Best Sledding (and Tubing) Hills

You don't have to leave the District to go snow tubing or sledding; when snow hits the hills of DC, Battery Kemble Park is one of the city's best kept, tourist-free secrets. This small patch of undeveloped land sits neatly tucked away in a residential area. Coast down a Civil War battery used by Union Soldiers for an afternoon of fresh-air fun! Book Hill Park and the Washington Monument are also excellent free options within city limits.

When: After snowfall
Cost: Free
Where: Battery Kemble Park,  3035 Chain Bridge Rd NW, Wesley Heights; Book Hill Park, Wisconsin Ave. NW & Reservoir Rd. NW; Washington Monument,  2 15th St NW, National Mall 
Online: tinybeans.com 

90 Minutes or Less

Bubly Tube Park at Liberty Mountain Resort

Liberty Mountain is one of the closest slopes to DC, and the lodge provides shuttle buses straight from the parking lot to the tube track so you don't have to waste energy trekking to the mountain. Bubly Tube Park has 15 lanes available for visitors to shoot down. Translation? Long lines are non-existent. And if you're lucky, you and the fam will have a slide all  to yourselves! Younger families can head over to the Kiddie Tubing area where kids smaller than 41" can tube safely.

Editor's Notes: Tickets must be purchased online prior to arrival. Tubing times are for 2-hr. increments. Proof of vaccination is required to dine in the Bubly Tubing Lodge.

When: Thurs.-Fri., 4-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Noon-8 p.m.
Cost: $37/main slope; $10/kiddie run
Where: 78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley, PA
Online: libertymountainresort.com

 

Whitetail Resort

Located just over the border in PA, Whitetail Resort is a great place for first time snow tubing adventures. Families with children over five-years-old can make the runs down the hill together and for those with littler tubers, Whitetail’s kiddie section is smaller and less scary than the big hill. Sessions are first-come, first served and sold in two hour time slots online.

When: Thurs.-Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.,
Cost: $34/main hill; $9/kiddie hill
Where: 13805 Blairs Valley Rd., Mercersburg, PA
Online: skiwhitetail.com

Down & Back in a Day

Roundtop Mountain Resort

This family-friendly mountain features 800' runs with an 80' ft vertical drop. If that's too much zip for your little, they can cruise at a slower speed on the kiddie hill. Thanks to the snow makers, you can always bet on snow at this mountain! 

Editor's Note: Proof of vaccination status is required when dining at the Lodge. 

When: Thurs.-Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $32/regular ticket; $9/kiddie
Where: 925 Roundtop Rd., Lewisberry, PA
Online: skiroundtop.com

 

Bryce Resort

Just a two hour drive from downtown DC can have you and your family on the Bryce Resort tubing track for some fast paced fun. Tubers over 4-years-can spend 90 minutes zipping down these slopes; kids over 8 can hit the tubing track alone while mom and dad catch some quality time by the fire at the resorts Copper Kettle or the Fireside Grill restaurants.

When: Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; Fri.11 a.m-8:30 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $31/person
Where: 1982 Fairway Dr., Basye, VA
Online: bryceresort.com

 
 

Massanutten Resort

Just a quick 2 hr. and 28 minute from downtown DC, Massanutten Resort has earned a reputation as one of the best tubing spots near DC with its 900 ft. hill  and 120 ft. vertical drop. Due to its popularity, this tubing spot has been known to sell out on weekends and holidays. Go mid-week to skip the crowds and score discounted tickets. New this year: a conveyor belt that transports guests quickly up the hill for more downhill action.

When: Dates & hours for the 2021-2022 season have not yet been released.
Cost: $28/mid-week; $35/weekends
Where: 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville, VA
Online: massresort.com

Worth The Drive

Camelback Resort

With over 40 lanes to tube down, Camelback Resort wins the "biggest snowtubing park" award in the country! A Magic Carpet whisks you up the steep side of this mountain so you can enjoy 2 fun-filled hours of tubing. Nab tickets for an evening slot and the snow is aglow with vibrant colors for a Galactic experience. Kids must be 44" tall to ride alone. When you've had enough of the winter weather, head indoors for America's #1 rated indoor waterpark.

When:  Daily, Noon-8 p.m.
Cost: $50
Where: 193 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA
Online: camelbackresort.com

Penguin Slides Tubing Park at The Omni Homestead Resort

Make a weekend out of winter activities at The Omni Homestead Resort. Reservations for one-hour time slots on the Penguin Slides Tubing Park hill must be made in advance (must be 5 & up and over 48" tall). This Park makes tubing a relaxing activity; a conveyor belt transports guests back up the hill so they don't have to exhaust themselves on the climb. Other resort activities include mini snowmobiles JUST for kids (ages 6-12), ice skating and (for beginners) there is the 9-trail mountain for budding skiers.

When: Call for availability ((800) 838-1766)
Cost: $27 ($22/resort guests)
Where: 7696 Sam Snead Hwy, Hot Springs, VA 24445
Online: omnihotels.com

Blue Mountain Resort

If you're looking for a change of scenery, head to the PA for winter thrills. There are over 10 resorts to tube (and ski) in the Pocono Mountains. and Blue Mountain offers the fastest and longest lanes in the region—and the state! This resort has 46 lanes, so you never have to wait long for another run (fun fact: they are now the largest snow tubing park in the country!). And 3 running lifts means you spend more time sledding than toting that tube back up the hill (and with over 1,000 feet of sledding, you're not going to want to walk). Tickets start at $20/person. Stay at near-by Woodloch Resort and snow tubing—while not as "extreme" as the Blue Mountain experience—is complimentary with your stay.

When: Thurs. 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sun. & Holidays, 9 a.m-9 p.m.
Cost: $20 & up
Where: 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, PA
Online: skibluemt.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers, Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Amanda Rodriguez

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