And Snow Riders’ Downhill Disco doubles the fun.
THE EASTERN PANHANDLE IS A GREAT DESTINATION ANY TIME OF YEAR—but winter visitors got a snowy new playground when Snow Riders in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia opened its tubing hill in February 2023.
The latest offering from family adventure resort River Riders, Snow Riders gives an exhilarating downhill run that’s three football fields long—nearly a sixth of a mile. Tubers enjoy up to 12 machine-groomed lanes, depending on conditions, and a Magic Carpet conveyer lift makes for a quick and easy ride to the next run. Snowmaking means the downhill fun can go on even when the weather is only marginally wintry.
Tubing is typically offered as a side activity at ski resorts, General Manager Harry Longerbeam says—not so at Snow Riders. “This is the only winter activity we offer, and we treat it like it’s the most important thing in the world.” He specifically points to Snow Riders’ Downhill Disco laser light show, a rarity at tubing parks. Downhill Disco doubles tubers’ fun starting at 5:30 p.m. every day with an LED colored light show timed to change to the beat of the music. And that lends itself to fun themed nights—already planned for 2024 are an ’80s Night, with all of the happy nostalgia of that decade’s music, and a First Responders’ Night, with a customized red and blue light show.
Snow Riders is open every day in January and February, conditions permitting. Each ticketed session is 1.5 hours long. Tickets, starting at $39, must be purchased in advance online and include lift tickets, tubes, and, on request, helmets. Discounts are available for military and large groups—call to inquire.
When you’ve tubed the hill to your heart’s content, grab a warming drink from the hot chocolate bar and order some tacos from the on-site Two Rivers Taco Truck. Follow Snow Riders on Facebook for the latest on conditions and events and smile inducing videos.