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Don't Have Winter Skis? Try Snow Tubing this Year

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2023-02-15 18:05:00

Winter in Upstate New York brings with it some great skiing conditions, and there are plenty of places that downhill enthusiasts love to go. But if strapping on skis or strapping into a snowboard isn’t in your wheelhouse, you can still hit the slopes at one of the many ski areas that also offer snow tubing this winter.

The Adirondacks are known for their ski mountains, but not as many folks know that several also offer tubing. The North Creek Ski Bowl at Gore Mountain in North Creek, West Mountain in Queensbury, and Oak Mountain in Speculator all offer tubing during the winter. And while Whiteface doesn’t currently have tubing available, Mount Pisgah Ski Center in nearby Saranac Lake does. There’s also a tubing hill at Titus Mountain in Malone.

The Catskills are arguably as famous as the Adirondacks amongst Upstate New York skiers, and like the Adirondacks, many of the area’s ski resorts have tubing areas as well. Local staples Hunter Mountain, Windham Mountain, Plattekill Mountain, Holiday Mountain and Belleayre Mountain each offer dedicated tubing areas in addition to a host of other wintry activities.

But you don’t have to head into the mountains to go tubing. In Central New York, Woods Valley offers snow tubing in addition to skiing and snowboarding. Maple Ridge Center in Lowville, a bit further north, has a dedicated snow park with tubing; just be sure you’re looking at the Lowville Maple Ridge, since there are multiple Maple Ridge ski hills in New York!

Just outside the Thousand Islands region’s city of Watertown, the Dry Hill Ski Area offers tubing, too. The Finger Lakes region is home to the popular Greek  Peak, as well as Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center, both with tubing areas. And a little to the east of Rochester, in Walworth, New York, you can enjoy dedicated tubing runs at Greystone. The Chautauqua-Allegany region also has plenty of opportunities for tubing enthusiasts. Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville is home to the Holiday Valley Tubing Company, with groomed lanes for snow tubing; Peak n’ Peek Resort in Clyde has a seven-lane tubing hill; and Cockaigne Resort just added a tubing area this year.

Of course, check hours, rates, and rental information before you go, and remember that this list doesn’t include every single tubing opportunity in Upstate New York. But tubing at an official ski resort comes with the opportunity to enjoy other activities, too; everything from restaurants to spas to lodging, in some cases, so you can make a day or a weekend of it. And if you decide you’d like to try learning a new skill, skiing and snowboarding lessons are often available in these places as well. Who knows—maybe your tubing trip will open the door to a whole new winter sport for next year!


Mt Pisgah snow tubing photo credit Mt Pisgah
Hunter Mountain tubing photo credit Hunter Mountain
Kid snow tubing photo credit Windham Mountain
Holiday Valley snow tubing photo credit Holiday Valley

posted at: 2023-02-15 18:05:00, last updated: 2023-03-31 17:06:43

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