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Snow tubing in Massachusetts is a fun winter sport that anyone can do

Snow tubing is a jazzed-up version of the old flying saucers, but better. Downhill ski areas and other outdoor winter sports or tubing centers offer safe tubing chutes, lifts, and sometimes lighting for night tubing. Tubes almost always available for rent. It is smart to call ahead before heading out to a tubing center of mountain to determine snow conditions (some tubing areas do not make snow) and other important information, like minimum age and height limits and requirements for parental permission (often required for tubers under age 18).

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

You don't have to ski or snowboard to enjoy New England's winters. Snow Tubing is a fun, safe, activity that offers enjoyment to all members of your family or group, and the Beastly Tubing Park at Berkshire East is the place to experience it!

Whether you are a refugee from the northern resorts, a first timer, or die hard regular, the Beast has got you covered with great conditions, great terrain, great people, and a non-corporate atmosphere that caters to people. Berkshire East has always been a locals place, but that's not because we only get people from western Mass. It means that when you buy a pass or a ticket here, that the money stays here and gets reinvested into our awesome mountain.

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

179 Great Road Littleton, MA Phone: 978-692-3033

Tubing park open daily and nightly

This winter sports area is less than one hour's drive from Boston. The tubing park is located at 179 Great Road, Littleton. Snow tubing park with 15 lanes is open daily and nightly. Hours: Hours: Weekdays, 1 to 10 p.m.; weekends, holidays and holiday weeks, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fees: 2-hour ticket, $30; 6-pack, $150. Six packs re valid Monday-Thursday, non-holidays.
Everything Else -- The tubing park also consists of an on-site lodge, with snack bar and TV. Check out The Overlook Restaurant & Bar.

Butternut Ski Area

380 State Road (Route 23) Great Barrington, MA, 01230 Phone: 413-528-2000

Tubing on 8-lane hill at downhill ski mountain; weekends and holidays; season passes available

Tubing on an 8-lane hill is open weekends and holidays. Dedicated handle lift. Snowmaking over 100 percent of the tubing hill. For guests age 4 and older. Fees: $20 for 2 hours, all ages. Ticket includes use of the tube and lift for 2 hours. It does not include access to ski trails. The time will be stamped when your ticket is sold. To buy tickets, call 413-528-2000 ext. 111 or visit the min office. Season passes to tubing park also are available.

Bousquet Mountain Tubing Park

101 Dan Fox Drive Pittsfield, ME, 01201 Phone: 413-442-8316

Mid-size tubing park in small, family-friendly ski area

Tubing at a downhill ski area for guests age 5 and older. Fee: $15 for a 2 hour ticket (release form required) Thursday and Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on holidays. Information: www.bousquets.com/tubing/

Ski Ward Ski Area and TubaSlide

1000 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA Phone: 508-842-6346

Tubing daily on 8 lanes, with lifts

Tubing on 8 lanes with 2 lifts. Snow tubes are provided. All tubers must be at least 6 years old and 42 inches tall. Tickets are sold as 2-hour passes. Fees: weekdays, $22; weekends, holidays, and school vacations, $24. Wednesday nights, 6-8 p.m. and buy one/get one free. Discounts for seniors and military. Hours: weekdays, 4-8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends and holidays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Amesbury Sports Park

12 South Hunt Road Amesbury, MA Phone: 978-388-5788

Park is exclusively snow tubing; night tubing; lifts; snowmaking

The Amesbury Sports Park has the steepest snow tubing hill in New England, with 6 to 10 tubing lanes open, depending on conditions. The hills are serviced by a conveyor belt lift that guests stand on and ride to the top, and a handle tow lift. Night tubing under lights is offered all season. Children must be at least 4 years old to tube. “Ride the Frozen Rapids” opens in January 2011 and up to 10 people to board a white water raft and zip down the hill. Snowmaking ensures coverage. Hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 3:30 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.