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
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
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.
McIntyre Ski Area
50 Chalet Court
Manchester, NH, 03104
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.
Gunstock Mountain Resort
719 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH, 03249
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. The park has a handle-tow lift so you can sit in your tube and get pulled up the hill. Recommended minimum height for tubing is 42 inches.
Tubing hill is usually open from Christmas to mid-March. Tubing offered Tuesday through Friday nights; all day Saturday and Sunday, and longer during holidays. See Operating hours.
Check weather conditions
before planning a visit.
Fees: Tubing tickets are sold in 2-hour sessions. Tubing tickets may be bought online or in person. Tickets are limited. Two-hour sessions are $20 per person, all ages. Last hour of any day is $11. A one-hour session is $13.
Flanders Road (off Rte. 114)
Henniker, NH, 03242
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.
Ragged Mountain Resort
620 Ragged Mountain Road
Danbury, NH, 03230
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
Bretton Woods Ski Area
Bretton Woods, NH, 03575
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