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New Hampshire ski resorts offer snow tubing hills & fun

We recall years ago sneaking cafeteria trays out of the lodge to use as makeshift sleds. They were small, fast, and risky. Today we can all enjoy safe snow tubing. It’s a blast for families and kids (note that many tubing hills require a minimum age and minimum height of 2 to 3 feet for a person to go tubing). Many areas are adding lifts to replace the uphill walk. Many tubing hills do not manufacture snow, so tubing can be weather-dependent. A useful resource on snow tubing in New Hampshire is Ski NH

60 Loon Mountain Road Lincoln, NH, 03251 Phone: 603-745-6281 Toll-Free: 800-229-5666

Slide down Loon Mountain to your heart’s content

Loon Mountain is rated one of the most accessible mountain resorts in the East by readers of Ski Magazine. But outdoor winter fun does not begin and end with skiing or snowboarding. Located just two hours north of Boston in the scenic heart of the White Mountains, you can enjoy all the thrills of sliding down a mountain on snow tubes - and you don’t need lessons to get in on the action. Kids must be 48” tall and 50lbs to ride the chairlift. With Mom and dad present at the tot tubing area, smaller kids can tube at the base of Little Sister. Snow tubing is offered in one-hour segments and reservations are recommended.

1 Mount Washington Auto Road Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-2333

Family friendly outdoor center; snow tubing and trails

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a family- and kid-friendly place for cross-country (Nordic) skiing in the classic and skate ski styles; snowshoeing; and snow tubing. The snow tubing hill does not have lifts or towing, All day tubing pass is $15 all ages 5 and over. Open weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

SnowCoach tours are offered up to tree line of Mount Washington. Glen View Café offers many food choices and great views from the dining room.

Ragged Mountain Resort

620 Ragged Mountain Road Danbury, NH, 03230 Phone: 603-768-3600

Tubing Friday through Sunday; night tubing; lift service; new park

A new tubing park is up and operating at Ragged Mountain in the winter of 2013-2014. It will be more than 650 feet long with ten lanes with pitches and rollers, ending in a 250-foot flat. Tubing park will have a carpet lift. Children must be 42 inches tall to tube alone. Loose clothing like scarves and hard boots are not allowed.

Hours: Friday: 3-5, 6-8, and 8-10 p.m.; Saturday: 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3, 3-5, 6-8, and , 8-10 p.m.; Sunday: 9-11 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3 and 3-5 p.m. Fees: $23 per two-hour session; four-pack of two-hour tickets is $89. Tickets in packs must be used for the same session. Tickets go on sale 30 minutes before the park opens. Information: http://bit.ly/JDaqRX

Gunstock Mountain Resort

719 Cherry Valley Road Gilford, NH, 03249 Phone: 603-293-4341

Long tubing hills; snow making; extended hours during holidays

Gunstock's Thrill Hill Tubing Park has four chutes and a tubing run of 1,068 feet -- which it says is the longest in New Hampshire. The park has a handle-tow lift so you can sit in your tube and get pulled up the hill. Snow making is done on the tubing hill. Recommended minimum height for tubing is 42 inches.

Tubing hill is usually open from right after Christmas to mid-March. Tubing offered Tuesday through Friday nights; all day Saturday and Sunday, and longer during holidays. See Operating hours. Weather conditions can affect operating hours, so check the conditions before planning a visit.

Fees: Tubing tickets are sold in 2-hour sessions, beginning and ending on the odd hours (eg., 3 to 5 p.m.).Tubing tickets may be bought online or in person on the day of your visit. Tickets are limited and may sell out. Two hour session are $20 per person, all ages. Last hour of any day is $11. a one-hour session is $13. Information: http://www.gunstock.com/winter/tubing/

Pats Peak

Flanders Road (off Rte. 114) Henniker, NH, 03242 Phone: 603-428-3245

Snow tubing weekends, holidays at this downhill ski mountain; some night tubing

A snow tubing park at this Alpine ski mountain offers snow tubing Fridays, 3-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (POP tubing 5-10 p.m.); Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; holidays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. To purchase snow tubing tickets the day of your visit call 603-428-3245 to check availability. Snow tubing tickets are available online in advance.

Bretton Woods Ski Area

Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03575 Phone: 800-314-1752

Daily tubing; night tubing on weekends; tubes for rent; tubing is weather dependent -- check conditions in advance.

Fee is $5 per tube per hour. Tubing is open mid-December through mid-March, snow conditions permitting. Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Night tubing: Fridays and Saturdays, 6-8 p.m. School Vacation Week Night Tubing offered February 16-22, 2014. To check on weather and snow conditions for snow tubing, call the activities concierge at 603-278-8989 for the latest information. Information: http://bit.ly/1bQE3ZJ

McIntyre Ski Area

50 Chalet Court Manchester, NH, 03104 Phone: 603-622-6159

Eight lanes of tubing with lift service; snow making; night tubing on Saturdays

Eight lanes of tubing are served by a carpet lift. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Some additional hours will be offered during school vacations, holidays, and school snow days. This hill does snow making. Fees: $19 per person for a two-hour session. Guests of the tubing park must be at least 5 years old and 44 inches tall. Be aware that sessions may sell out during peak periods of activity. Information: http://bit.ly/19yyBLw