Boulder Ridge is located about 60 minutes due west from Baltimore, and it's an easy drive.

The tubing: Up to 15 lanes depending on the snow conditions improves your chances of wearing yourself out quicker. A moving covered carpet lift gets you back up the hill. There’s a special Pebble Ridge Kiddie lane for children 2 to 4; you have to be 5 to ride the regular lanes.

Other snowy fun: Skiing and snowboarding.

The lodge: The two-level slope-side lodge with wraparound deck is built to look like a log cabin, kind of cool. McKee’s Tavern, Tavern on the Green, and the Inn (dinner only) are here to feed you.

Cost: Tubing is sold in one- or two-hour increments, with times beginning at the top of each hour. Weekdays $18 for one hour, $22 for two; weekends $25 and $29. Under 4 is $9 unlimited.

Roundtop Mountain Resort
925 Roundtop Road, Lewisberry, Pa., 717-432-9631

About 75 miles from Baltimore is this longtime ski resort that a few years ago decided to capitalize on tubing by upgrading facilities and pricing the activity as an “all you can tube” deal. Food is expensive, though, so you might want to pack your own (this is applicable to the other resorts as well).

The tubing: Eight lanes of continuous fun; you can link tubes together in a chain and go down at the same time and hit the bottom of the lane at the same time, too. Pile-ups are fun. A covered carpeted lift drags you back to the top.

Other snowy fun: Skiing and snowboarding.

The lodge: There’s a food court for quick breaks, but upstairs there’s the Fireside Pub and Grill, where you can linger longer if you’re not in a hurry to hit the slopes; the “pub” part of the grill has a certain appeal on cold days.

Cost: All-day passes are a good deal: from $21 to $30, depending on the day. $8 for those under 4 who are using the kiddie hill; you must be 5 to use the big-person hill. There are nighttime rates after 8 p.m.