Where to go tubing near the Capital Region

Tubing photo-courtesy West Mountain.jpg

Don't forget your snow pants.

By Danielle Sanzone

Sometimes your inner six year old just wants to bundle up and go out and play in the snow. But this year, that inner six year old is probably a little disappointed. Finding snow to play in is a little more challenging than usual. You've got to go where they make it -- which often means you need to be a skier to enjoy it.

But I've compiled a list of a few places where you can find snow,not just for skiing, but for tubing. Yep, there are a few weeks left to go tubing. You'll find a list of places to go after the jump, along with a little about what to expect from each place.

Tubby Tubes Company
1289 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne, NY (Map)
Sat.10-6, Sun. 10-4 (open President's week from 10-6)

About 1 ¼ hours away from the Albany area on Rt 9N. They've got several snow chutes. Tubes range from 50 feet to 1,000 feet. You can get a gentle push from the attendant to start you off or you can spin quickly down a bump-filled route -- depending on how daring you are.

There's a route that has a bigger inclines with bumps, another that's faster, and even one that snakes around. Tubers walk their big, inflated tubes up the hills and slide down their chosen chute.

Price: $15.95 for 2 hours, $18.95 for 4 hours, $21.95 for full day, $2
off for groups of 10 or more

West Mountain
59 West Mountain Rd., Queensbury, NY (Map)
Mon and Fri 3-9, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-6
About a 45 minute drive from the Albany area

West mountain is a ski facility that also offers tubing, so when you need a break you can lounge in the lodge with a hot bowl of soup, enjoying the views from the foothills
of the Adirondacks. They also tow you up the mountain so you won't have to walk.
The only problem is that a few other dozen people had the same idea and you may have to wait in a colorful tube line for 30 minutes at a time -- like you're at a theme park in the winter.

Runs: Six lanes - two 1,000 feet long with a gradual 100 foot vertical drop and four 700 feet long with a gradual 65 foot vertical drop. It takes about 15 seconds to get to the bottom, on average, and people are allowed to hold onto friends and family members' tubes.No bumps on the chutes. Parents are not allowed to carry children on their laps. There is no height minimum so parents have to decide for themselves if their kids can handle the ride.

Open throughout winter as long as they can make snow.
Price: $17 for 2 hours, $22 for 4 hours, Groups of 10 or more save $3.

Willard Mountain
77 Intervale Rd., Greenwich, NY (Map)
Weekends 10-6

This ski resort is about a 45 minute drive from Albany.

Runs: Three lanes, each 800 feet downhill with a 500 foot flat run at the
bottom to slow tubers down. No bumps. Tubers aretowed to the top, unstrapped by an attendant and released down the

Usually open until mid-March or as long as they can still make snow.

Prices: $15 for 2 hours, $21 for 4 hours

Gore Mountain

Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek, NY (Map)
11-9 daily

Runs: 800 foot, lift-services chutes
Rules: 36" height requirement
Prices: $17 for 2 hours

Hunter Mountain

Hunter, NY
President's Week 9-9, Sun. 9-59-9, Sun. 9-5

About an hour south of Albany.

Runs: 9 chutes nearly 1,000 feet long

They allow small groups to hook up and go down chutes together, depending on weather conditions. It takes about 30 seconds to get to the bottom.
One side of the hill is steeper, so tubes go a little faster on that side.
They have tow ropes, so you can get towed to the top.

Rules: 42" height requirement

Prices: $20 for 2 hours, Groups of 15 or more $16 and each group gets
1 free ticket
Space is limited in each 2 hour session. Hours may change so call ahead to reserve times. 800-486-8376.

Windham Mountain
South Street ¼ miles west of ski area at 33 Clarence D. Lane Rd,
Windham, NY

Runs: 650-foot chutes, 8 lanes

Rules: Must be tall enough to get into and out of a tube
Prices: $20 for 2 hours, $25 hours for 4 hours, $15 for Friday nights
Hours: Fri. 4-8, Sat. and holidays 10-8, Sun

Know any others? Add them to the list.

photo: West Mountain


Bosquet over in Pittsfield has tubing.

$15 for a 2 hour ticket (release form required)
Chutes designed for 5 year olds and older
Hours of Operation (Non Holiday)
Mon thru Wed. Closed
Thursday 3:00PM to 8:00PM
Friday 4:00PM to 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Sunday; 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Holiday Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM to 4:00PM

This year I've done tubing at both Gore and Mt. Pisgah in Saranac Lake, which is only $8 for an hour. Here is the link: http://www.saranaclakeny.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={D3125579-2812-48D3-9632-7F30B9FE50F1}
Gore was a simple, safe, straightaway with some undulations in the track. Mt Pisgah was a whole other story - fast, curvy, banging against the sides, almost bouncing out of the tube...I was a little scared. FUN times, both. I also learned that one hour of tubing is quite enough if you have any tendency toward motion sickness. I never though that would be the case since I love sledding, but the tubes can spin, so I was dizzy after 5 runs.

I happened to be working on a list of ski resorts in New England, and found a few more snow tubing places near Albany. Here you go: http://albanykid.com/2012/02/26/snow-tubing/

West Mountain is great. The only bad thing is you have to wait in line for a long time most of the time you go. Sometimes the hills are so fast people fly over them into the parking lots...lol. i've seen it!

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