This mountain resort offers separate snow-tubing areas for children and adults. Super Snowtubing, for ages 5 and up, has 10 chutes, each 800 feet long. Kiddie Snowtubing has five chutes custom-sized for children ages 3 and up.
A pavilion with picnic tables, hot chocolate and a bonfire connects the two tubing areas. Call 570-969-7669 or visit www.ski montage.com.
Down the road from Montage Mountain, the town of Scranton turns a baseball field into an outdoor ice rink during the winter months. Also in Scranton, the Steamtown National Historic Site, formerly the Delaware Lackawanna & Western Railroad yard, exhibits the remains of a historical switchyard, rail-yard buildings and steam locomotives. Seventy-eight passenger, freight and work cars have been restored to re-create a monument to 20th-century railroading in America.
For more information about Steamtown, call 888-693-9391.
Champion (3 1/2 hours)
Rated one of the top five mountain resorts in the East by Ski magazine, Seven Springs provides a wealth of both indoor and outdoor activities for nonskiers.
Outside, the resort provides several tubing chutes and sleigh rides. Inside, visitors can bowl, roller skate, work out in the fitness room, or play racquetball, handball or miniature golf. There's also entertainment just for children.
Water aerobics and swimming lessons are available in the resort's indoor swimming pool, and hot tubs and massages are available to help guests relax.
Seven Springs also has gift shops, a sporting-goods shop and a hair salon, which offers pedicures and manicures.
Live music is performed in the evenings in one of the resort's lounges.
Call 800-452-2223 or visit www.7springs.com.
Canaan Valley Resort
Davis (4 hours)
Located on the northern edge of Monongahela National Forest, this 6,000-acre resort has five tubing lanes, each 850 feet long, and an outdoor lighted ice-skating rink. There's also scheduled entertainment in the newly renovated Bear Paw Lodge, and a health club that features an indoor heated pool with a lap lane, a whirlpool and saunas.
Call 800-622-4121 or visit www.canaanresort.com.
Nearby, Blackwater Falls State Park offers hiking, sledding and other recreational activities.
For more information on the park, call 800-CALLWVA.
Snowshoe (7 hours)
West Virginia's largest ski resort, Snowshoe sits on 11,000 acres in the Allegheny Mountains. The alternatives to skiing are numerous here: guided snowmobile tours, horse-drawn sleigh rides, nightclubs, a comedy club, pubs, more than a half-dozen restaurants, nearly 20 shops in the Village at Snowshoe, a heated indoor-outdoor pool with water slides, two hot tubs, a sauna and a heated patio.
Call 304-572-4636 or visit www.snowshoemtn.com.