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Guide to Snow Tubing in WNY

Step Out Staff

Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley

Looking for fun ways to entertain yourself and the fam / friends / crew mid-winter? Same x 1000.

Maybe you’ve already been ice skating, snowshoeing, and skiing and you’re looking to try the next fun winter activity. Maybe sledding just doesn’t do it for you anymore and you want to kick it up a notch. Enter tubing – a thrilling, affordable way to enjoy Western New York’s winter weather without having to rent or buy a ton of equipment.

Fair warning, you’ll probably want to invest in some gloves, a hat, definitely a winter coat, aaaaaaaand snowpants if you’re smart. Here’s where you can go tubing in Western New York, not far from Buffalo:

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1. Holiday Valley

6557 Holiday Valley Road, Route 219, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Distance from Buffalo: 1 hour

One of the great things about snow tubing is that it’s fun for all ages. Holiday Valley’s Snow Tubing Park has up to 22 lanes that are 900 feet long and drop 100 vertical feet, plus a conveyor lift to bring you back up the hill. They supply the tubes and offer a special Little Tubers area (weather permitting) for children under 42″ at a cost of $5. “A cozy warming hut is at the base of the hill with a snack bar, fireplace and restrooms. Or you can warm up and rest outside at the giant bonfire pit and our 2 lean to’s.”

Due to Covid restrictions, availability is limited. Visitors are encouraged to book in advance online only. 2-Hour tubing lift tickets are $25.

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2. Peek’n Peak Resort

1405 Olde Road, Clymer, NY 14724

Distance from Buffalo: 1.5 hours

Not only does Peek’n Peak offer daytime snow tubing, but they also have Lunar Lights Tubing Friday through Sunday, which transforms nighttime snow tubing into a “thrilling and mesmerizing atmosphere, featuring an ever-changing light show produced by thousands of LED lights and projection lights.” The lights pulse, fade and change in coordination with an immersive sound system. They even sometimes have the whole thing operated by a live DJ.

They offer a “Magic Carpet Lift” conveyor belt so you don’t have to walk up the hill between runs and guests can also warm up with hot cocoa, warm sandwiches and soups served right at the base of the Snow Tubing Hill. Or, head to the nearby Retreat Building for a full menu featuring burritos, pizzas, grill combos and more.

2-Hour snow tubing passes are $20 and buy one get one on Mondays and Thursdays (excluding holidays).

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3. Mount Pleasant of Edinboro

14510 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

Distance from Buffalo: 2 hours

While this spot isn’t exactly a quick drive from Buffalo (it’s actually located in Northwest Pennsylvania), it’s good to know about. Mount Pleasant offers family fun snow tubing on a 600 food hill with eight lanes. You must be 42 inches tall and tubers must ride independently to participate. No need to bring your own tube, they provide everything including the tubes and a tube tow to bring you back to the top.

Sessions are $20 and are available to preregister online.

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