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).
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.
Butternut Ski Area

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

Tubing on 10+ lane hill at downhill ski mountain; weekends and holidays

Tubing on an 10+ lane hill is open weekends and holidays with a dedicated carpet lift. There is snowmaking 100% of the tubing hill. There is no age restriction so long as the child can sit down in the tube. Fees are $28 Friday nights (non-holidays) and $33 Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Ticket includes use of the tube and lift for 2 hours. It does not include access to ski trails. Tickets should be pre-purchased through their website for a specific time slot. A snack truck sells hot chocolate, cheese fries, fried dough, churros, and more.
Bousquet Mountain Tubing Park

101 Dan Fox Drive Pittsfield, ME, 01201 Phone: 413-442-8985

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/
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.