ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – As skiers and snowboarders wait for natural snow to fall at area mountain resorts, there is another way people are enjoying the outdoors. Tubing is offered at many resorts and is a fun alternative for people who want to enjoy winter in upstate New York on the weekends.
Here are the five best places to snow tubing in and around the Capital Region.
Catamount Mountain, a family business since 1976, seemed like a good place to start talking about where to snow tube in the Capital Region. The mountain had hoped to be able to offer tubing this season, but had to delay the opening of the park as well as other renovations, according to Jon Schaefer who runs Catamount and Berkshire East. The mountain said the delays were due to supply chain and construction issues and plans to open the tube park next season.
This medium-sized mountain is located on the Massachusetts border and about an hour’s drive from Albany. A 4.5 Google rating would have tied them for fifth place. Many of its reviews praise the mountain’s friendly staff and open zipline course in the summer.
Ski Butternut, an hour east of Albany in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, has a 4.5 Google rating. The mountain offers tubing on Fridays and Saturdays. Tubing tickets cost between $28 and $33 for two hours. The mountain recommends that children be five years or older and able to sit in a tube on their own.
What people are saying about Ski Butternut:
Many of the 896 reviewers agreed that Ski Butternut is a family friendly mountain with nice staff, in a good location. Many of those who ski or snowboard said the lift tickets were also reasonably priced. “Awesome place for tubing”, according to the opinion of a local guide.
This small family mountain is 10 minutes from Schaghticoke in Washington County. Rated 4.7 on Google, Willard offers snow tubing on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What people are saying about Willard Mountain:
The family mountain with helpful staff was repeated several times in the 308 reviews on Google. Many people have complimented the ski and snowboard staff saying that Willard is a good place for beginners because it’s smaller than other local mountains.
3. Mountain Oak
It’s a bit of a drive, about an hour and 45 minutes from Albany, to get to Oak Mountain, but the $15 price tag for a 90-minute snow tube won’t cut into people’s budgets too much. People traveling from Saratoga and points north will have a shorter trip, between about an hour and an hour and 20 minutes. Children must be one meter high for the snow tube. Tickets must be purchased online and are available at 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m.
What people are saying about Oak Mountain:
People said they liked that Oak Mountain was reasonably priced, wasn’t overcrowded, had friendly staff, and had a lodge with good food/service. Shaun said: “Great place to take the family! I took the whole family tubing for my son’s birthday; everyone had a blast.
About an hour and a half from Albany, Plattekill Mountain in Delaware County is well known to skiers and snowboarders in the Capital Region. With a Google rating of 4.7, Plattekill offers snow tubing on weekends and holidays. Tickets are $27 for two-hour sessions and must be purchased online. Available times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children must be at least one meter tall to be able to tubing.
What people are saying about Plattekill Mountain:
Jonathan called Plattekill “one of the best kept secrets in the East”. Many people said the mountain had an “old school” feel with no overcrowding.
A very special ambassador awaits guests of Bearpen Mountain Sports now in its fifth year of operation. Speights the Golden Retriever, named after owner Howard Rennell’s favorite New Zealand beer, enjoys spending time making people feel at home at Bearpen Mountain. Meanwhile, Rennell said he was living his lifelong dream of owning a hill station.
The mountain offers tubing, ice skating (lazy river style), snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, curling, fat biking, and sledding. Instead of a tow rope or magic carpet, the snow tubers are carried up the hill by a utility vehicle, Rennell said.
The closest mountain for Catskill and Hudson area residents is about an hour and 45 minutes from Albany. Tickets are $25 for two hours of sledding or tubing and are available Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m., 11:25 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. to 4 p.m. For the price of an average lift ticket ($75 to $90), people can get an All-Sport Mountain pass to enjoy all the activities Bearpen Mountain offers.
What people are saying about Bearpen Mountain Sports:
Rennell said the mountain does not advertise but depends on referrals and word of mouth to spread the word. The mountain has a Google rating of 4.9. Speight made a strong impression on people, who said he was one of the things they enjoyed most about their visit. Everett said, “The best day of winter fun we’ve ever had,” and he wasn’t alone. Most people said they would return and highly recommended Bearpen Mountain.