No snow in your backyard? No problem! Pack up the kids—and their snow tubes—and drive out to one of these family-friendly lodges. The best part: Each spot is less than two hours away from downtown D.C., so you can spend a few hours taking in the snow (which is of the freakishly fluffy man-made variety) and guzzling hot chocolate, and you’ll be back home before bedtime.
Liberty Mountain Resort
Liberty Mountain is one of the closest slopes to D.C., and the lodge provides shuttle buses straight from the parking lot to the tube track so you don’t have to waste energy trekking to the mountain. The Boulder Ridge Tubing area has 15 lanes available for visitors to shoot down. Translation? Long lines are non-existent. And if you’re lucky, you and the fam will have a slide all to yourselves! Younger families can head over to the Pebble Ridge Kiddie Tubing area where minis ages 2-4 can enjoy unlimited rides for $9.
78 Country Club Trail (Carroll Valley, Pa)
Looking to head south of the district to get your tube on? Massanutten Resort is Virginia’s first snow tubing park and, with their 900 foot hill (that’s not a typo), they are one of the most popular tubing destinations in the area. So popular, in fact, that it’s been known to sell out on weekends and holidays. Your best bet is to go during the week and make a full day of it. The resort also offers zip lining and ice skating.
1822 Resort Dr. (McGaheysville, Va)
Located just over the border in Pennsylvania, Whitetail Resort is a great place for first time snow tubing adventures. Families with children over five-years-old can make the runs down the hill together, and for those with littler tubers, Whitetail’s kiddie section is smaller and less scary than the big hill. Save the date for the fam-friendly Cardboard Derby at the resort on Feb. 23, where creative types can build custom cardboard sleds, which they’ll use to race down the mountain. Unlimited kiddie tubing can be purchased for $8. Midweek regular mountain tubing is $22 for one hour or $25 for two hours, with weekends running $28 and $31 respectively.
13805 Blairs Valley Rd. (Mercersburg, Pa)
Just a two hour drive from downtown D.C. can have you and your family on the Bryce Resort tubing track for some fast paced fun. Tubers over 4-years-old can explore the bunny slopes for $20, Wednesday thru Friday, and $25 on weekends. Fun fact: Bryce lets kids over 8 hit the tubing track alone, while mom and dad catch some quality time by the fire at the resorts Copper Kettle or the Fireside Grill restaurants.
1982 Fairway Dr. (Basye, Va)
Where are your favorite places to snow tube with little ones? Tell us in the comments section below.
—Amanda Rodriguez and Ayren Jackson-Cannady