Free gondola at Wildcat
Visitors to Wildcat Mountain, in Pinkham Notch, N.H., can enjoy a free gondola ride on July 12. The scenic gondola, which is only used during the summer months, provides riders with a spectacular view at the 4,000-foot summit, where the legendary sight of Tuckerman's Ravine, and the rest of the Presidential Range await. The normal cost for the ride on other days is $15 adults, $10 ages 6-10. Route 16, Pinkham Notch, N.H., 603-466-3326, www.skiwildcat.com Next
Summer in the mountains
By default, ski resorts tend to be more active during the winter months—you know, when you can actually ski. But don't assume that the fun always disappears with the snow. Here's a look at some of the other attractions running this "offseason" at ski resorts throughout the region. Next
Bousquet Mountain - Pittsfield
Bousquet Mountain takes the best of high and low elevations during the summer with its adventure park and water slides. Swing, climb, balance, and zip through the treetops at the Adventure Park and zipline, or cool off and kick back at the six water slides and activity pool. Bousquet also features a 9-hole disc golf course, bungee-trampoline, and a climbing wall.
101 Dan Fox Drive Pittsfield; 413-442-8316, www.bousquets.com Next
Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe, Vt.
Stowe has a range wide of attractions for summer guests. Gondola rides give a tranquil view of the lush mountain for those who are looking for a little relaxation, while the alpine slide, bungee trampoline and climbing wall provide a little heart-pumping excitement for the more adventurous visitors.
5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vt.; 800-253-4754, www.stowe.com Next
Smugglers' Notch - Smugglers' Notch, Vt.
Smugglers' Notch features a few uncommon ski resort activities during the summer. Along with a canopy tour, mini and disc golf, and a zipline, Smugglers' Notch also features both a waterpark and a skate park for maximum enjoyment during the warm months. What's more, you can get a glimpse of everything the resort has to offer by going along on one of their Segway tours.
4323 Vermont Route 108, South Smugglers’ Notch, Vt.; 802-644-8851, www.smuggs.com Next
Killington Mountain Resort - Killington, Vt.
Even when the snow melts at Killington, you can still feel the thrill and excitement of being in the belly of the beast. Literally. Killington Resort offers a mountain biking trail known as The Beast that can challenge even the most skilled riders. Climbing walls, an alpine slide, and gondola rides are among other activities you'll find at the resort this summer.
4763 Killington Road, Killington, Vt.; 802-422-6200, www.killington.com Next
Sunday River Resort - Newry, Maine
Get engulfed in the adventure, history, and scenery of Sunday River. Among the long list of activities—including one of the Northeast's most popular zipline tours, mountain biking, and scenic chairlift rides—are ATV, horseback, and mining tours. The mining tour takes guests into the Bumpus Mine, which became famous in the 1930s when it produced the world's largest beryl crystal.
15 South Ridge Road, Newry, Maine; 207-824-3000, www.sundayriver.com Next
Attitash Mountain Resort - Bartlett, N.H.
Normally you wouldn't want to hear anything about big snow storms during the summer, but the Nor'easter Mountain Coaster at Attitash Mountain Resort may be the exception. The 2,880-foot ride dips and turns through mountain terrain at 26 miles per hour. Attitash also features mountain biking, an alpine slide, and the Eurobungy trampoline.
Route 302, Bartlett, N.H.; 603-374-2600, www.attitash.com Next
Cranmore Mountain Adventure - North Conway, N.H.
When it comes to the mountain coaster, Cranmore puts the controls in your hands. Twist and turn through more than 2,000 feet of track at driver-controlled speeds up to 25 miles per hour. The resort also features a giant swing, an aerial adventure park (pictured), and the 24-foot-tall, kid-friendly Spider Mountain.
1 Skimobile Road, North Conway, N.H.; 603-356-5543, www.cranmore.com Next
Gunstock Mountain Resort - Gilford, N.H.
Take your pick of land or air at Gunstock Mountain Resort. If you feel like getting off the ground, fly through the Aerial Tree Tops Adventure Course, which at just under 4,000 feet is the longest in the continental United States. If you would rather keep your feet a little closer to the ground, take a Segway tour of the area. Either way, you're bound to enjoy the scenery of the Lake Winnipesaukee region.
719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, N.H.; 603-293-4341, www.gunstock.com Next
Omni Mount Washington Resort - Bretton Woods, N.H.
Omni Mount Washington Resort recently unveiled two new climbing activities for its summer guests: the outdoor West Wall Climb (pictured) and the indoor Slopeside Climbing Wall. These walls just add more depth to the list of activities, ranging from disc golf to canopy tours, that were already available at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center. This summer, guests will also receive free scenic chair lift rides on the Bethlehem Express Quad chairlift.
Route 302, Bretton Woods, N.H.; 800-314-1752, brettonwoods.com Back to the beginning
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