Unlike other winter recreational activities, snow tubing takes minimal skill and almost the entire family can participate. Now that I'm a mom, I'm always looking for new, fun snow tubing parks for my little boys.
Whether in Virginia or West Virginia, you'll have your choice with these five great snow tubing parks:
Located at Bryce Resort in Virginia, this tubing park offers 800-foot long tubing runs and a fast carpet lift, so you can enjoy many rides over the almost 2-hour session. This one is for the older kids, who must be at least 4 1/2 and 42 inches tall. Rates begin at $19 per session, and the park is open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with extended days on holiday periods.
This tube park in Virginia offers an exhilarating ride down a 900-foot-long hill. There are several sessions available throughout the day, including one ending as late as 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Rates are $20 to $24, depending on the day of the week.
Note: It is highly recommended that people buy their tickets in advance during weekends and holidays, as they do sell out quickly. You must be at least 36 inches to ride.
This popular snow tubing park is located at the Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. The largest in Virginia, riders can reach speeds as much as 30 mph on a hill that will give you the ride of your life. Their conveyor lift allows guests to quickly reach the top of the hill for more rides for your money. Two-hour sessions cost $20 on weekdays and $28 on weekends and holiday periods. They are open Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as late as 11 p.m. You must be at least 6 to ride, but they do offer a park for snow play for the little ones.
This resort in West Virginia is home to some fabulous snow tubing. They are open daily for 2-hour sessions. Weekends are a great time to visit these 600-foot tubing lanes, as they are open for some nighttime snow tubing fun. For a 2-hour session during the week, the rate is $15; it's $20 for weekends or holidays.
Located in the Silver Creek area of the Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, this park offers five lanes of thrilling tubing fun. Fairly inexpensive, this park runs $15 on weekdays, $17 to $20 on weekends (depending on age) and $17 to $20 on holidays. The best deal they have is the Family 4-Pak, which is $50 on weekdays and $65 on weekends and holidays. Participants must be at least 4 years old and 36 inches tall.
Note: I am a winter sports enthusiast who loves snow tubing with my little boys. I think it's a great family activity that doesn't require the expertise most winter sports do.