Top 5 Places to Go Snow Tubing in New Hampshire

I love visiting New Hampshire, especially in the winter. The weather may be brutal at times, but the plethora of fresh powder and winter sports that go along with it makes it bearable.

Snow tube.

In case you are headed there this year yourself, here are my picks for the best five places to take the family snow tubing:

1. Arrowhead Recreational Area

The Arrowhead Recreational Area is located in Claremont and features an ample sized, snow tubing park. A signed liability waiver is required, and the kids must be able to ride in a tube alone. However, parents are allowed to ride adjacent to their toddlers and hold onto their tubes for guidance. It opens at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A 110-minute session will cost you $8 per person and 50-minute sessions are $5 each.

2. Pat's Peak Ski Area

The Pat's Peak Ski Area in Henniker features an awesome snow tubing area with lanes that are 600 feet long. The kids have to be 5 years old or older and stand at least 44 inches tall in order to participate. I should also note that you have to use the tubes in a prone position, so it might be too scary for some of the younger kids. You may expect to pay anywhere from $16 to $18 per person for a session, depending on duration. Hours of operation vary.

3. Cranmore Mountain Resort

The Cranmore Mountain Resort is located in North Conway. It features 10 well-groomed lanes, and toddlers are allowed to share a tube with their parents. You'll need to fork over $25 per person for a two-hour session and call ahead to confirm its open in advance of your trip.

4. Great Glen Trails

Great Glen Trails is located in Gorham and features a moderate-sized tubing area. What I like best about it is the price—$15 per person will get you an entire day's worth of snow tubing fun. The only downside is that there is no lift, so you'll have to hoof it back up the hill each time. It is typically open daily from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

5. McIntyre Ski Area

The McIntyre Ski Area is located in Manchester and features a large tubing area. Hours of operation vary throughout the season, and a two-hour session will cost you $19 per person. What I like about it is the family friendly atmosphere and the ability to hold onto each others tubes.

My family enjoys winter sports and has traveled extensively.

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Updated Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012